Ron Washington has not said a word in public since his "press conference" to address his reason for resigning from the Texas Rangers' managerial job in early September. That press conference ended up being nothing more than a statement, and Washington took no questions after he admitted that his reason for resigning was his infidelity with his wife.
Since then, Washington had been silent and had seemingly become a recluse in his hometown of New Orleans, similar to how he would do every offseason, except this year there was no spring training to get ready for.
Washington spoke to The Advocate in Baton Rouge and said his time away from the game is growing harder by the moment, especially now that teams are reporting for spring training.
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“This is the first time I haven’t been at a spring training since I left high school [in 1970],” said Washington, who spent nine seasons as manager of the Rangers. “I’m dealing with each and every day trying to find peace with being out of the game right now and just enjoy my family.”
Washington hopes to return to the game next season, if not sooner, and said he'd be willing to do it in any capacity. Even though he's the Rangers' all-time wins leader as a manager and led them to two straight AL pennants, it'd be hard to imagine him getting another managerial job in the bigs. It's totally feasible, however, to see him as a third-base coach in the bigs, or at least as a minor-league infield instructor.
“My whole presence is just to help, and I have a passion for baseball,” he told The Advocate. “So, if that’s managing, certainly. If that’s as a third base coach, certainly. If it’s a roving instructor, wherever the game has to offer, I have something to offer the game.”