Ron Washington shed light on his abrupt decision to leave the Texas Rangers earlier this month, saying that a personal issue with his marriage caused him to resign.
In a statement to reporters Thursday in Irvine, Texas, the former manager revealed that he was “not true to my wife.” Washington continued,”I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down,” he said.
“… Today, I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers.”
Ron Washington’s decision to leave the team on September 5 came as a surprise to club officials, though they did know for weeks that Washington had personal problems that he did not disclose. At the time of his departure, the team did not share details of Washington’s reasons, but did say that it was not drug-related. Washington had tested positive for cocaine in 2009 and was subject to random drug testing.
Washington still has the support of many players. After his initial announcement on September 5, many of his players defended Washington and lamented his departure.
In his remarks on Thursday, Washington apologized for letting down the team, players and fans. He also asked for some time away from the spotlight to work on his marriage.
“All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding,” Washington said Thursday. “I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal and we are trying hard to put it behind us.”
Ron Washington may be leaving the door open for a possible return to the Texas Rangers. In a text message to USA Today Sports after he first announced his departure, Washington said, “I’ll be back! Need some time!”