At a Thursday press conference, former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, 62, came clean as to the reasons he resigned on September 5.
Washington acknowledged that he had cheated on his wife, Geraldine. Washington stated that he “was not true to my wife” and apologized to her as well as the team and its fans. He said, “I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her. I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking my trust in my wife and for disappointing my players and my coaches.”
Washington refused to answer any questions, simply stating that he and his wife desired privacy. He said, “This matter is certainly personal, and we’re trying hard to put it behind us.”
When he resigned on September 5, Washington said, ” I have submitted my resignation from the job I love–managing the Rangers–to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from baseball is what’s best for me, my family.”
Washington had managed the Rangers since November 2006, previously having coached with the Oakland Athletics for 11 years. The Rangers are enduring a horrific season, currently in last place in the American League West with a 59-92 record, 35½ games behind the Angels.