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Rangers name Chris Woodward as manager

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Rangers have found their next manager. The team hired Chris Woodward on Friday night to be the team’s new leader.

Woodward was last the Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach. He replaces Jeff Banister, who was fired before the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward celebrates David Freese's home run during the World Series

Chris Woodward celebrates David Freese’s home run during the World Series (Getty Images)

The Rangers reportedly favored Woodward over the other candidates, because he is a former player, who was comfortable with analytics. The Dodgers are one of the advance teams, who use analytics with their on-the-field strategies.

Banister was fired by the team on Sept. 19. Two-days later, Don Wakamatsu took over for the rest of the season.

The Rangers had a 67-95 record. It was the fifth-worst record in the American League.

The Baltimore Orioles (47-115) had the worst record in the AL. They were followed by the Kansas City Royals (58-104), Chicago White Sox (62-100), and the Detroit Tigers (64-98) had worse records than the Rangers.

Woodward is receiving his first managerial job in Major League Baseball. He had been the Dodgers third-base coach since Dec. 2015.

The Rangers have not had a winning record since the 2016 season. That season, led by Banister, the team went 95-67.

Besides the 67-95 record in 2018, the team also had a 78-84 record in 2017.

He is the fourth former player, who was hired by MLB teams to be their next manager. The Minnesota Twins hired Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

The Cincinnati Reds hired David Bell to be their new manager. The Los Angeles Angles also hired Brad Ausmus to replace Mike Scioscia.

Woodward previously interviewed for the New York Yankees managerial job following the 2017 season. That job went to Aaron Boone.


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