Thursday, August 5, 2010
Notes: Daniels wants Washington back
By Richard Durrett
SEATTLE -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that team management, including president Nolan Ryan, wants manager Ron Washington back for the 2011 season. Daniels said the club has told Washington that, but they don't want to distract from the 2010 campaign and will talk about an extension after the season is over.
"I’m really pleased with the job he's done," Daniels said. "I don’t think he gets enough credit for the way we've played. I think we're all in agreement that he's the guy we want managing this team in 2011 and beyond."
Ryan echoed those sentiments in his news conference on Thursday as well. Washington said he's pleased the club feels he's doing a good job.
"That's awesome because I want to be here," Washington said. "I certainly want to be a part of what's happening here in Texas for a long time and I'm glad Nolan and Chuck Greenberg and Jon Daniels feel that way about me. I never doubted their feelings for me."
Michael Young, one of the team leaders and someone who has been around for Washington's entire tenure (nearly four seasons now), says the manager certainly deserves an extension.
"Wash is having a fantastic season," Young said. "I don't think managers get credit for having good years. Players are having good years and our manager is having a good year as well. It's been really rewarding for me to see Wash where he's at right now. It's my fourth year playing for him and he's gotten better every year in every aspect of managing and it's been a lot of fun to be a part of that."
Darren O'Day points out that the club has seen improvement in each of Washington's seasons. They were 75-87 in Washington's first season, 2007, and then went 79-83 in 2008 and 87-75 in 2009. Texas is on top of the AL West right now in 2010 as they look to better last year's win total.
"You can't say enough about him," O'Day said. "He gets us motivated to play. That's what a manager does and he does a good job of it. He's made a lot of great baseball moves this year and keeping us on top of our games. He's done a great job."
* 1B Mitch Moreland got his first RBI as a major leaguer on Wednesday. "I thought about it after I got on base," Moreland said. "I was relieved. I've had some chances to come through and didn't, so it was nice to do it there." Moreland got his first hit in his first game in the big leagues and said he's going to find a special spot for the baseball. Washington had to make a nice play when the ball was thrown toward the dugout to keep it from getting away. "That should have been a web gem," said Moreland, who is hitting .368 in his short stint in the majors so far.
Washington says he sees a player that isn't afraid.
"He's not scared and has confidence," Washington said. "He asks questions and Clint gives him instructions and he takes those and is able to apply them in the games."
* It sure seems like David Murphy's role has increased, but Washington says he will keep getting Julio Borbon in the lineup when he can and says Borbon will play a few games in Oakland. Murphy got the big three-run homer on Wednesday and is in the lineup again tonight with Josh Hamilton playing center.
* Washington said Taylor Teagarden will catch Cliff Lee tomorrow in Oakland.