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Featured writer: Zachary Ball
Entering the 2010 season on the verge of bankruptcy, with a rumored “cocaine addict” for a manager, and a reformed “druggie” as the team leader, not many expected the Texas Rangers to stake their claim as the best team in the American League.
And yet, there they were, on September 25th, celebrating the Rangers return to the playoffs, their first bid in 11 years. And the one man relishing it the most, and perhaps the one most responsible for turning this team into a bunch of winners, wasn’t potential American League MVP Josh Hamilton, or even potential American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Rather, it was unassuming (except for that cocaine charge) manger Ron Washington.
Not only did he led the Rangers to only their fourth postseason appearance in the team’s 50th year, but he also turned a group of rag-tag players into one of the most potent offensive units in all of baseball.
When Washington took over after the 2006 season, no one could have foreseen what this team from Texas would become. Since then, he has improved the team’s record each year, culminating in a 90-win season in 2010, as the Rangers finally dethroned the Angels, who had a decade-long stranglehold on the American League West.