Former Dodger Washington, to Manage Texas

Ron Washington, a former Dodger infielder and a coach for the Oakland Athletics the past 11 seasons, was chosen over four other candidates to replace Buck Showalter and inherit a team that has had only one winning season since last making the playoffs in 1999.

The former infielder spent all or parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with Los Angeles, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston. He made his debut with the Dodgers in 1977 and, despite hitting .368 (seven for 19) in 10 games, but with the near-permanent Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey infield, there was little room for another infielder.

He did not return to the majors until 1981 with Minnesota. He also played for Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston, finishing his professional playing career with the Texas Rangers Triple-A Oklahoma City farm team in 1990.

He replaces Bucky Showalter, who was fired after an 80-82 season with three years left on his contract and the 54-year-old Washington is Rangers' 17th full-time manager and first black manager.

Another finalists for the Texas managerial job were Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu, a former Dodger minor league catcher.

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