|Ron Washington congratulating Tony La Russa for out-managing him in 2011 World Series|
Earlier in that game the Rangers had runners on first and second, nobody out, again with Lewis up. The Cards sold out on the bunt and rushed their corner infielders toward the plate. When Washington saw this he should have waved off the bunt, but he didn’t and Lewis bunted into a double play.
I’m not saying any single one of those bad decisions cost the Rangers the Series but put them all together and the evidence is obvious.
Now back to the present. I, for one, am not all that sorry to see Washington leave as the Rangers manager.
But I’m still mystified by the timiing and the reasoning. The reason given for his resignation was "personal issues," but general manager Jon Daniels went out of his way to assure the world it was in no way drug related (Washington had admitted to using cocaine in his past).
So here’s my theory.
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So Daniels is left to ponder: Lemme see. Who’s more valuable to the Rangers future? Ron Washington, who bungled us out of the 2011 World Series, or Yu Darvish, runner up in last year’s Cy Young voting? Hmm, Washington or Darvish? Darvish or Washington? To me, the choice was obvious.
I’m not going way out on this limb and declare that’s what transpired, but until I get a better explanation …
By the way, the day after Washington’s resignation, Daniels officially announced Darvish would not pitch again the rest of the year. Coincidence? You convince me.