Reports are coming out that the Texas Rangers have hired Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward to manage the club.
Woodward has been with the Dodgers for the last three years. He also played in the major leagues for close to 12 years. He was an infielder for the Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Yankees, Phillies, Brewers and Red Sox.
Woodward grew up in California and attended Mt. San Antonio College, where he was drafted in the 54th round by Toronto. He made his major league debut in 1999. After many different teams, he made a return to the Blue Jays and last played big league ball in 2011.
The Mariners then hired Woodward as a minor league infield coordinator. He became the big league infield coach in 2014. He then was hired by Los Angeles in 2015.
There was speculation that Jon Daniels might have his eye on someone from the two World Series Teams. He had interviewed multiple candidates. But Daniels let it be known that he would not make a decision until after the series was over. Woodward and Ron Roenicke’s names were immediately thrown out there.
No word yet on when Woodward will be announced. But the GM meetings start November 6th and run through the 8th. So I imagine Woodward will be in Arlington this weekend.
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