The Texas Rangers picked up the 2022 contract option of manager Chris Woodward, officially adding a fourth season to the deal that started in 2019.
Woodward, previously the third-base and infield coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, guided the Rangers to a 78-84 record in his debut season in 2019 before the team went 22-38 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as Texas moved into a new ballpark.
“Chris Woodward’s passion, dedication, and total commitment to the Texas Rangers organization has been obvious from his first day on the job,” president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said in a statement. “He provided strong leadership in dealing with the challenges of the 2020 season, and we believe he will be an instrumental part of building a winning culture here in Texas.
“(General manager) Chris Young and I look forward with working with Woody, the major league coaching staff, and our entire baseball operations group in 2021 and beyond.”
The 44-year-old, who is a native of Covina, Calif., was tapped to guide the Rangers through a roster rebuilding project. Texas has not had a winning season since it went 95-67 in 2016 and was swept out of the American League Division Series by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Woodward is the 19th full-time manager in franchise history.
–Field Level Media