The Los Angeles Angels have tapped longtime baseball figure Ron Washington to turn around a decade of losing.
The Associated Press reports Washington, 71, will become Major League Baseball’s (MLB) oldest current manager and the second Black manager after Houston Astros Manager Dusty Baker, who announced his retirement following the team’s ALCS loss to the Texas Rangers, where Washington served as bench coach.
Washington has been in baseball for more than four decades. He played second base and shortstop for five teams between 1977 and 1989. before serving as a manager and coach for numerous teams, including the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics.
“I’m lost for words, but the work it will take,” Washington told the Associated Press.
Washington replaces Phil Nevin, who the Angels declined to re-sign after one-and-a-half losing seasons. Despite having two of the league’s top five players in outfielder Mike Trout and pitcher and outfielder. Shohei Ohtani for the last six years. Then Angels have had eight consecutive losing seasons and have missed the playoffs in nine straight seasons. Both streaks are currently the longest in baseball.
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Source: Black Enterprise