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OC Register: Angels hire Ron Washington as new manager

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Angels have hired Atlanta Braves third-base coach Ron Washington as their new manager, giving a second opportunity for the former Texas Rangers manager.

Washington, 71, becomes the 20th manager in Angels history. He replaces Phil Nevin, whose option was declined last month.

Washington managed the Rangers from 2007-14, which overlapped with Angels general manager Perry Minasian’s final years working in the Rangers baseball operations department.

The Rangers were 664-611 in Washington’s years, including World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers lost both times.

Washington resigned in September 2014, saying in a statement that he wanted to devote his attention to addressing an “off-the-field personal matter.” Washington subsequently said he had been unfaithful to his wife of 42 years.

Washington also failed a test for cocaine while he was managing the Rangers in 2009, subjecting him to more stringent testing thereafter.

News of his failed test broke during spring training in 2010, and Washington admitted making what he said was an isolated mistake.

“Any attempt to try to explain it is going to sound like excuses,” Washington said in 2010. “There is no right way to explain something wrong, and I did wrong. Was it tension? Maybe. Anxiety?’’

After leaving the Rangers, Washington returned the Oakland A’s, who had employed him as a coach prior to his time managing the Rangers. Washington was the A’s third-base coach, and he was widely credited for helping Marcus Semien make dramatic defensive improvement.

The Atlanta Braves hired Washington as their third-base coach in 2017, around the same time Minasian was hired as assistant general manager.

Before beginning his coaching career, Washington spent parts of 10 years as a major-league infielder, mostly with the Minnesota Twins. He last played in 1989 with the Houston Astros.

More to come on this story.

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