Report: Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward amidst fourth losing season


The Texas Rangers have reportedly fired manager Chris Woodward, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

Woodward is the fourth manager fired by an MLB club this season. His replacement in Texas was not immediately known.

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The Rangers have a 51-63 record and are on pace to miss the playoff for a sixth-straight season. Woodward was hired ahead of the 2019 campaign and finishes with a 211-287 record for a .424 winning percentage, good for sixth-worst in MLB over that span.

The disappointing campaign comes after an aggressive winter in which the Rangers spent the most of any team in free agency, landing infielders Corey Seager and Marcus Semien for nearly $500 million combined on long-term contracts. The club also shored up its pitching with the signing of former Rockies ace Jon Grey. However, those aggressive moves have not led to more wins and Grey has been limited to just 19 starts due to injuries.

This was Woodward’s first managerial job in the majors. As a player, he was a utility infielder who played seven of his 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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