Ron Washington Resigned Because He 'Was Not True' To His Wife

Posted: Sep 18 2014, 7:51pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Ron Washington Resigned Because He 'Was Not True' To His Wife
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Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned two weeks ago, said the reason he stepped down was because he "was not true" to his wife Gerry.

Ron Washington has revealed the reason for his abrupt resignation.

Washington made the revelation at an Irving, Texas hotel ballroom on Sept. 18. He said he "was not true" to his wife of 42 years, Gerry, per's Dave Sessions:

"Almost two weeks after he abrupltly resigned without explanation, former Rangers manager Ron Washington broke his silence in a brief, apologetic statement Thursday, saying only that he left the team because he 'was not true' to his wife, Gerry.

"In a hotel ballroom filled with more than 50 media members, Washington strode to a podium while his wife of more than four decades took a seat at the side of the room. Washington then delivered a three-minute, 30-second statement and didn't take questions.

"'I made a mistake and embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life,' said Washington, who resigned on Sept. 5. 'I don't run when I make mistakes. When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the types of things that my wife always says to me.

"'I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me. I let them down...Today I'm at a very low time in my life. I'm sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers.'

"Washington was the most successful manager in Rangers franchise history, going 664-611 (.521) in 1.275 games over almost eight seasons. He led Texas to back-to-back American League championships in 2010 and '11. Prior to managing the Rangers, Washington was an assistant coach for the A's for 11 seasons. As a player, he appeared in 564 games over 10 seasons.

"Washington, 62, said he hopes to be back in baseball soon.

"'I was born to be a baseball player -- I'm a baseball lifer,' Washington said. 'The Rangers gave me a home, and I'm thankful for that and also thankful for the experience to have the opportunity to manage here in Texas. I look to the future and getting back in the game and continuing my career.'

"The Rangers did not eleborate Thursday on their original statement regarding Washington's departure.

"'Ron Washington resigned as Rangers manager in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter,' the Rangers' latest remarks read.

"In his short statement, Washington talked about going to the Mexican League as a young player and sharing his progress with Gerry.

"'I remember calling my wife and letting her know that I feel like I have arrived and I have figured this game out,' Washington said. '...I did tell her to quit her job. It was really a proud moment for me and it was something that I'll always remember and she's always stood by me.'

"Washington closed his statement with a 'final thanks to the fans' in Texas.

"'You've been good to me, and I will miss the Metroplex and I will miss you,' he said."

The Dallas Morning News added more details on the Washington saga:

"The details that emerged Thursday ends two weeks of speculation about Washington's abrupt departure.

"On the day he resigned, Washington briefly spoke to the club and departed Globe Life Park without comment. He left behind a written statement that offered no insight into the resignation.

"The Rangers have previously said Washington, who was signed through next season, resigned because of personal reasons. The club did not offer the option of taking a leave of absence to attend to the matter and returning.

"'I understand why he needs to do what he's doing, and I respect that,' general manger Jon Daniels said on the day Washington resigned. 'You work with someone for eight years and develop a pretty close bond, a lot of emotions, really. But at the end of the day, I care about him as a person first and respect that he needs to address some things.'

"Daniels has been adamant that Washington departed for personal reasons ever since, stating repeatedly that the resignation was not baseball-related but not offering any more details.

"Rangers bench coach Tim Bogar took over for Washington, and has guided the team for the past two weeks."

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