Texas Rangers Fire Manager Chris Woodward             

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward in 2019
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward in 2019. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (10264964ab)

The Texas Rangers announced earlier this week that the organization parted ways with manager Chris Woodward. The decision was confirmed by the team’s president of baseball operations Jon Daniels in a statement issued on Monday.

Woodward is out after leading the Rangers to a 52-63 record and third place in AL West so far in the season. This is considered a big underachievement for the franchise, especially since they went on a shopping spree and committed to more than $500 million in free agency.

The Rangers were hopeful to be at least in a playoff spot by this time in the season after luring stars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to Texas. However, the team is looking far from a contender at this point, prompting the front office to make the switch in the dugout.

“We have had extensive discussions over the last several weeks, and while the team’s current performance is certainly a big part of this decision, we are also looking at the future,” said Daniels. “As the Rangers continue to develop a winning culture and put the pieces together to compete for the postseason year in and year out, we felt a change in leadership was necessary at this time.”

Chris Woodward was hired by the Rangers ahead of the 2019 MLB season. He failed to post a winning record in any of the past three seasons and has finished last in AL West in the past two years.