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The Sunday Read: After a 102-loss season, Chris Woodward gets a contract extension from Texas Rangers. Here’s why

(AP photo/David Zalubowski)


No manager in Texas Rangers history who has been in the dugout for at least 200 games has a worse winning percentage than Chris Woodward, who checks in at .417 after going 160-224 in his first three seasons.

Two who managed between 100 and 200 games, Ted Williams and Whitey Herzog in the Rangers’ first two seasons, have worse marks — and they’re both in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Williams, of course, is enshrined in Cooperstown because he was the Splendid Splinter and remains the last MLB player to bat .400 for a full season. He hit .406 in 1941.

He almost out-hit Woodward’s winning percentage.

So, to an outsider and even to some Rangers fans it might seem peculiar that the Rangers on Thursday rewarded Woodward with a contract extension through 2023 with a club option in 2024.

President of baseball operations Jon Daniels indicated the plan is to continue to extend Woodward indefinitely.

Woodward must have some really compromising photos.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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