List of Texas Rangers managers

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Ron Washington current manager of the Rangers

The Rangers are an American baseball franchise based in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the American League West division. The Rangers franchise was formed in 1961, then called the Washington Senators, as a member of the American League.[1] In its 47-year history, the Texas Rangers baseball franchise of Major League Baseball's American League has employed 23 managers.[2] The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.[3]

Mickey Vernon became the first manager of the Texas Rangers in 1961, serving for just over two seasons. Bobby Valentine has managed more games and seasons than any other coach in Rangers history. Before 2010, the only Rangers manager to have led the team to the playoffs was Johnny Oates, who also won the 1996 Manager of the Year Award with the Rangers.[4] Ted Williams is the only Rangers manager to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;[5] Whitey Herzog, who was elected to the Hall in 2009 and will be inducted in July 2010,[6] will become the only Rangers manager to earn induction as a manager (Williams was inducted for his playing career).

In 1963, manager Mickey Vernon was fired and replaced by interim manager Eddie Yost. One game later, Yost was replaced by Gil Hodges. In 1973, Whitey Herzog was replaced by Del Wilber. One game later, Billy Martin took over the role of manager. In 1975, Frank Lucchesi took over for Martin in midseason, who in turn was replaced by Eddie Stanky. After six games, Connie Ryan could not finish the season, so Billy Hunter took over the role of manager, only to be fired[7] with one game to go in the 1978 season and replaced by Pat Corrales. In 1982, Don Zimmer was fired[8] as Rangers manager but continued to run the team for three more games before being replaced by Darrell Johnson. Rangers owner Eddie Chiles said the poor play of the Rangers had nothing to do with Zimmer's firing but was instead 'something personal'.[9] In 1985, after Doug Rader led the Rangers to (exact number of seasons) losing seasons, he was replaced by Bobby Valentine, who in turn was replaced by Toby Harrah during midseason. In 2001, Johnny Oates's poor performance forced the Rangers to hire Jerry Narron as his replacement during midseason. The current manager of the Texas Rangers is Ron Washington, who has managed the team since 2007.[10]

Key[edit]

GM Games managed
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame


Managers[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2012 MLB season.

# Name Term[a] Regular season Playoffs Awards Reference
GM W L Win% GM W L
1 Mickey Vernon 19611963 362 135 227 .373 [11]
2 Eddie Yost 1963 1 0 1 .000 [12]
3 Gil Hodges 19631967 765 321 444 .420 [13]
4 Jim Lemon 1968 161 65 96 .404 [14]
5 Ted Williams* 19691972 637 273 364 .429 [15]
6 Whitey Herzog* 1973 138 47 91 .341 [16]
7 Del Wilber 1973 1 0 1 .000 [17]
8 Billy Martin 19731975 278 137 141 .493 [18]
9 Frank Lucchesi 19751977 291 142 149 .488 [19]
10 Eddie Stanky 1977 1 1 0 1.000 [20]
11 Connie Ryan 1977 6 2 4 .333 [21]
12 Billy Hunter 19771978 254 146 108 .575 [22]
13 Pat Corrales 19781980 324 160 164 .494 [23]
14 Don Zimmer 19811982 201 95 106 .473 [24]
15 Darrell Johnson 1982 66 26 40 .394  — [25]
16 Doug Rader 19831985 355 155 200 .437 [26]
17 Bobby Valentine 19851992 1186 581 605 .490 [27]
18 Toby Harrah 1992 76 32 44 .421 [28]
19 Kevin Kennedy 19931994 276 138 138 .500 [29]
20 Johnny Oates 19952001 982 506 476 .515 10 1 9 1996 Manager of the Year Award [4][30]
21 Jerry Narron 20012002 296 134 162 .453 [31]
22 Buck Showalter 20032006 648 319 329 .492 2004 Manager of the Year Award [30][32]
23 Ron Washington 2007–present 966 520 452 .535 34 18 16 2 AL Pennants [33]

Notes[edit]

  • a Each year is linked to an article about that particular MLB season.

References[edit]

General references
  1. "Texas Rangers Managerial Register". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  2. "Rangers All-Time Managers". Texas Rangers. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
In-text citations
  1. ^ "Texas Rangers History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Texas Rangers Managerial Register". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Manager: Definition | Dictionary.com". Dictionary.Reference.com. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Johnny Oates Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Register". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Doug Harvey, Whitey Herzog Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. December 7, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Once Texas hero, Hunter fired for poor relationship with team
  8. ^ Zimmer's fired
  9. ^ Zimmer's firing remains a puzzle
  10. ^ Associated Press (2006-11-08). "Rangers hire ex-A's assistant Washington as manager". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  11. ^ "Mickey Vernon Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  12. ^ "Eddie Yost Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  13. ^ "Gil Hodges Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  14. ^ "Jim Lemon Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Ted Williams Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  16. ^ "Whitey Herzog Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Del Wilber Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  18. ^ "Billy Martin Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  19. ^ "Frank Lucchesi Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  20. ^ "Eddie Stanky Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  21. ^ "Connie Ryan Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  22. ^ "Billy Hunter Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  23. ^ "Pat Corrales Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  24. ^ "Don Zimmer Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  25. ^ "Darrell Johnson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  26. ^ "Doug Rader Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  27. ^ "Bobby Valentine Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  28. ^ "Toby Harrah Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  29. ^ "Kevin Kennedy Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  30. ^ a b "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  31. ^ "Jerry Narron Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  32. ^ "Buck Showalter Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  33. ^ "Ron Washington Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-01-07.