The Texas Rangers are a team at a crossroads. Finishing dead-last in the AL West this season at 67-95, they made the notable decision to sack manager Jeff Banister smack in the middle of September without giving him the chance to finish out his fourth season at the helm in Arlington.
And now, after some late momentum started moving in his direction, Los Angeles Dodgers assistant and former MLB infielder Chris Woodward is now the man who will take the reins for the Rangers.
The 42-year-old Woodward is fresh off back-to-back World Series appearances with the Dodgers, where he had been third base coach since 2016. He made a quick transition to coaching following 13 seasons as a big league journeyman, spending the largest share of his time in Toronto, where he began his career in 1999.
Chris Woodward is a bad hire based solely on this. pic.twitter.com/ttLXzJRoRF— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) November 3, 2018
Interestingly, this won't technically be Woodward's first go-round as a professional manager-- he led New Zealand's team in qualifiers for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
To get the top job with Texas, he beat out candidates like Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Twins bench coach. Derek Shelton. Congrats to the new skipper-- and good luck. You're gonna need it down there.