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On Monday the Rangers officially relieved Chris Woodward of his managerial duties after three and a half seasons at the helm. Woodward finished with a record of 211-287.

Sure, that record is definitely less than impressive although Woodward was never really dealt a good hand. As well as his record, the teams that Chris Woodward had to manage were also less than impressive.

In a press conference after the move, former Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said that the Rangers needed a different leadership voice. He also went on to talk about how the Rangers showed a lack of preparation at times this season.

Former third base coach Tony Beasly has taken over as the Rangers’ interim manager for the remainder of this season. Beasley has had some success managing at the minor league levels in the past. He has a minor league managing record of 590-472. 

 Who is going to replace Chris Woodward?

Well, before we dive into details I think it starts with realizing the fact that we won’t really know anything for sure until the offseason. That is when the focus of this search will shift to the public.

  1. Tony Beasley – When asked if Tony Beasley was a long-term candidate for the Rangers manager position, former Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said “ Yes he is a candidate”. If Beasley can get this team playing at a high level and have some success, he could wind up being named the long-term manager.
  2. Joe Espada – The current Houston Astros bench coach has had his name floating around ever since Chris Woodward got fired. We’ve seen Astros bench coaches be successful managers in the past (Alex Cora) and Espada has gotten good experience under Dusty Baker. Espada might be the most logical candidate to replace Woody.
  3. Mike Scioscia – If this name sounds familiar, it’s because Scioscia was the long-time manager of the division rival Los Angeles Angels. Scioscia managed Team USA to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is set to manage team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Scioscia could step back into Major League managing in 2023. 
  4. Matt Quatraro – Quatraro is the bench coach of the Tampa Bay Rays but could very well score his first managing job this offseason. Ouatraro interviewed for the Mets job which ended up going to Buck Showalter and was a finalist for the A’s job which went to Mark Kotsay.
  5. Ron Washington – If the Rangers were to bring Ron Washington back it would certainly make a lot of fans happy. However, it’s just not likely to happen. Washington is 70 years old and I don’t think that is something that the Rangers revisit. 

 

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