Increasing the number of Black managers in MLB is crucial for promoting diversity and equal opportunities in leadership roles. This not only reflects the societal value of inclusivity but also provides diverse perspectives that can improve team dynamics, contributing to a more representative and equal baseball community. The Los Angeles Angels recently hired 71-year-old Ron Washington to be the team’s new manager making him the oldest manager in the Majors present. He is also the second Black manager currently active, alongside Dave Roberts; manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Washington’s baseball background speaks for itself as he has been successful at almost every position he has held in the Majors. His coaching career began with the Oakland Athletics after his 10-year career as a “utility player”. Washington then transitioned to be the manager of the Texas Rangers for seven years, a team he led to two World Series appearances during his victorious eight-season period. Despite a less-than-stellar 53-87 record in his final season, his overall career record with the Rangers stands at 664-611. For the last seven seasons, Washington served as the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves, contributing to their 2021 World Series victory.
Washington stands out as one of the infield coaching greats in the history of the game. The drills and perspectives he contributes have made a significant impact across the majors, enhancing players’ performance. He will receive a two-year contract with the Angels and he is excited for this new opportunity.
“I’m lost for words, but not the work it will take!” Washington told The Associated Press by text message.