The week started off on fire for the Texas Rangers.
First, they fired manager Chris Woodward.
Then, on Wednesday, general manager Jon Daniels suffered the same fate.
It’s a clear sign that ownership isn’t happy after spending around $600 million in contracts in the 2021-22 free agency period and not seeing results on the field.
Evidently, they don’t like the direction of the franchise when it comes to player development, scouting, and, ultimately, results in the standings.
Woodward managed the Rangers for three-plus seasons, achieving a mediocre 211-287 record with a .424 winning percentage.
At the moment of his firing, he was 51-63 with a .447 winning percentage: certainly better than 2021’s .370 mark, but apparently not what ownership was looking for in the 2022 campaign.
Woodward’s First Remarks After Being Fired
Woodward released his first statement since being dismissed by the Rangers, published by MLB insider Bob Nightengale.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 18, 2022
Woodward made sure to thank everybody in the Rangers organization and clarifies that he gave his best to lay the foundation for a winning club in the not-so-distant future.
Judging by his words, he promised a championship eventually; but in reality, even with their heavy investment in players such as Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray, Martin Perez, and others, they are at least a couple of years away from truly contending for a World Series trophy, if not more.
Woodward made sure to thank Rangers fans on his way out, which is a classy move from him.
He did make his mistakes as a manager, but the Rangers’ rebuild, as he refers to the process he had to endure, is not yet finished.
Everybody in the organization is to blame for the recent streak of mediocre years, not just him.