Rangers BREAKING: Texas Fires Manager Chris Woodward (2022)

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*Rangers firing Woodward.The Rangers are firing manager Chris Woodward, firstreported by the Dallas Morning Newson Monday.

Woodward, 46, spent almost four seasons at the helm in Arlington, having been hired Texas off the Los Angeles Dodgers coaching staff during the 2018-19 offseason.

The Rangers are presently 12 games under .500 and are 9.5 games behind the last Wild Card spot.

The Rangers made it official and named third-base coach Tony Beasley as the interim manager through the end of the 2022 season.

The decision comes months after the team spent big on Jon Gray, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in the offseason. Still, the team is 51-63, and heading for its fourth consecutive season below .500.

Woodward took over a tough spot, as he took over a team that was coming off a last-place finish. Texas now continues the rebuild ... and does so without Woodward.

*Given the benefit of hindsight, maybe newer isn’t necessarily better. With perspective now and patience then, perhaps you should’ve hung on to those old baseball cards, that low-maintenance starter house and – who knows – even the first wife. Right, Jerry Jones?

Dan Bailey is 34 and has been out of the NFL since being cut by the Minnesota Vikings in March 2021. I’d take him right now as the Dallas Cowboys kicker, sight unseen.

Why? Because he’s the best kicker in franchise history. Because the Cowboys gave up on him prematurely. And, mainly, because their current kicking situation is so out of ideas that we’re back to Brett Maher.

I’ll never understand why Jones doesn’t still employ Steve Hoffman. In the 1990s Hoffman was the Cowboys’ kicking coach. His job, first and foremost, was to find low-budget, high-quality kickers . Undrafted free agents-turned-Super-Bowl-champs Lin Elliott and Chris Boniol, and successful kickers Richie Cunningham and Billy Cundiff were all Hoffman discoveries.

While Hoffman is still in the league with the Atlanta Falcons, the Cowboys’ kicking is a mess.

To save $3 million, they cut Bailey in 2018 though at the time he was the most accurate kicker in NFL history. While he went on to three solid seasons in Minnesota – twice being named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week – Dallas suffered through the inconsistencies of his successor: Canadian Football League journeyman Maher.

During his first stint in Dallas he made two of the longest field goals in league history (62 and 63 yards), but was wildly inaccurate between 30-49 yards (62 percent).

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In his wake the Cowboys spent big bucks on Greg Zuerlein. Yikes.

He made five 50+-yard field goals and countless pressure kicks, but also missed nine extra points in two seasons. In Dallas’ five regular-season losses last season, he missed four field goals and two PATs.

Jerry and coach Mike McCarthy wanted him back, but at a deeply discounted rate. Alas, Zuerlein now kicks for the New York Jets and the Cowboys are left cutting rookie Jonathan Garibay, hanging on to Lirim Hajrullahu and bringing back Maher.

Bottom line: The Texas Rangers cut ties with Pudge Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz way too soon. The Dallas Mavericks sure could use a player like one they once had: Jae Crowder. And, yes, the Cowboys should have held on the best kicker in franchise history.

Though they have never won a playoff game on a final-play field goal, the Cowboys have lost a couple in the waning seconds including Super Bowl V (Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal for the Colts), a 2006 Wild Card game (Tony Romo's botched hold in Seattle) and a 2016 Divisional Round heartbreaker to the Packers (Mason Crosby's 51-yarder as time expired).

The Cowboys’ last crucial kick that won them anything close to a playoff game? Eddie Murray's 41-yard field goal in overtime at The Meadowlands in the 1993 regular-season finale that beat the Giants and set them up with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs en route to a second consecutive Super Bowl victory.

What I do know is that kicking cannot be undervalued, evidenced by six of the NFL’s final seven playoff games last season being decided by three points or less (the other by six points in overtime).

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In their 62 previous seasons, 34 players have attempted a field goal for Cowboys. Bailey is still the best:

10. Mike Clark 1968-73 - Dallas' last straight-on kicker made three extra points and a rare 9-yard field goal in Super Bowl VI.

9. Toni Fritsch 1971-75 - Austrian soccer-style kicker made team's 6th-most field goals, but only 20 of 59 from 30+ yards.

8. Richie Cunningham 1997-99 - Fourth-most field goals in team history (75), 80-percent accuracy and 95 of 95 on extra points.

7. Efren Herrera 1974-77 - Mexican-born kicker made only 67 percent of his career kicks, but converted field goals of 35 and 43 yards in Super Bowl XII.

6. Nick Folk 2007-09 - Made 79 percent of field goals, holds franchise record for most extra points without a miss (131).

5. Brett Maher 2018-19 - At increased extra-point distance made 68 of 69 and nailed 10 of 15 field goals from 50+ yards.

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4. Rafael Septien 1978-86 - Made 112 more extra points than any other Cowboys kicker, and second-most field goals with 162.

3. Chris Boniol 1994-96 - Third in made field goals, including two in Super Bowl XXX and a team-record seven against Packers in 1996.

2. Eddie Murray 1993,'99 - Never missed an extra point and his clutch 41-yard field goal in overtime against Giants set up Dallas' Super Bowl XXVIII run.

1. Dan Bailey 2011-17 - Missed only two of 278 extra points, and is franchise all-time leader in made field goals (186), 50+-yard field goals (27) and longest field-goal streak (30).

*No offense to Chuck Morgan and John Blake, who are both nice, knowledgeable men that have been incredibly informative and entertaining when it comes to Rangers baseball over the last four decades. But you’re telling me the public address announcer (Morgan) and the communications director (Blake) are in the Rangers Hall of Fame while the manager that led the team to consecutive World Series (Ron Washington) isn’t? Preposterous. Blake gets inducted this weekend in Arlington. Wash inexplicably keeps waiting.

*Good Mavs news: Luka Doncic, amazingly still just 23, is the best player to build an NBA team around. Bad Mavs news: Other than rookie Jaden Hardy and maybe Josh Green, Dallas is void of young pieces that could help him by the time he reaches his prime.

*C’mon, Kroger! What, you can’t make money off Labor Day “decorations” so you’re already shoving Halloween pumpkins down our throat? Boo! (Get it?) Boo.

*When he got snippy with the media in Oxnard and claimedI have choices” in (sorta) defending McCarthy’s coaching security, I got a déjà vu from Jerry. As in 1993, when he kicked the door open for Jimmy Johnson’s departure by claiming “I think there are 500 people who could have coached this team to the Super Bowl. I really believe that.”

*Hot.

*Not.

*Even when wearing those goofy Guardian Pads that remind me of “The Great Gazoo” from The Flintstones, NFL players at training camp can hit, be hit and, yup, get feisty. Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott took an unnecessary shot from a Denver Broncos’ linebacker this week and it was game on.

*No one wants to attend their own funeral. (Or do they?) But we have this horrible habit as humans of not appreciating how great someone is until they’re dead. The NBA this week retired No. 6 in honor of Bill Russell. Not to be disrespectful, but I’m skeptical that Russell suddenly became “better” after his death. A fitting tribute to a player and a man of his stature would be to retire his number while he was alive to see it.It's why one of my favorite Dallas events of all-time was "Tom Landry Day" in 1989. So the man could see - even in the wake of his firing - how much he was loved.For what it’s worth, the best No. 6 in Mavs’ history is … easy … Tyson Chandler.

*On the Rangers’ 2022 tombstone: Bullpen, 20-28 with 18 blown saves.

*Thanks to all who have followed/are following my mentoring of Ja, my lil’ bro through Dallas’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An anonymous donor even recently reached out to help, offering money to help us buy him a new pair of Jordan kicks for his birthday and in time for back-to-school for his junior year in high school. It indeed takes a village.

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*This Weekend? Friday let’s play some outdoor tennis before heading indoor for some Happy Hour(s). Saturday let’s watch Cowboys-Broncos. Sunday let’s check out our old friend White Rock Lake, by foot and then on bike. As always, don’t be a stranger.

FAQs

Why did Chris Woodward leave the Rangers? ›

Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward amidst fourth losing season. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired fourth-year manager Chris Woodward on Monday, a move made in hopes of building momentum toward next year, when the team has long expected to win again after a seasons-long rebuilding effort.

Who will replace Chris Woodward? ›

Bruce Bochy is getting back in the game. The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that they reached an agreement to hire Bochy as their next manager.

Who is the interim manager of the Texas Rangers? ›

The Rangers interim manager knows more about the new leader of baseball operations than you might think. One would expect Texas Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley to have good things to say about his new direct report, general manager Chris Young, who just took over for the departed Jon Daniels.

Did they fire the Texas Rangers coach? ›

The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday, with the team on pace for its sixth consecutive losing season and fourth since he took over the team.

Why did Rangers manager get fired? ›

General manager Chris Young will now assume all baseball operations duties. The move comes two days after the Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward. The Rangers did so, in part, because Daniels told the media that the Rangers did not overachieve in 2022.

How long was Chris Woodward with Rangers? ›

The Rangers went 211-287 under Woodward's direction during his nearly four-year tenure as manager. The skipper was extended through the 2023 season this past Nov.

Who will be Texas Rangers new manager? ›

The Texas Rangers hired Bruce Bochy as the team's new manager, with both sides agreeing to a three-year contract that runs through the 2025 season, the team announced Friday. The hire comes after the Rangers fired Chris Woodward on Aug. 15.

Who is the new Ranger manager? ›

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Where is Chris Woodward? ›

Texas Rangers

On March 24, 2021, the Rangers exercised Woodward's option for the 2022 season.

Is Tony Beasley married? ›

Beasley had the support of his wife, Stacy, and his son, Tony Jr., 22, a senior at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Who is the Texas Rangers coaching staff? ›

Rangers Roster & Staff
Manager & CoachesTitle
Bruce Bochy ManagerManager
Donnie Ecker 14 Bench Coach/Offensive CoordinatorBench Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Tim Hyers 75 Hitting CoachHitting Coach
Seth Conner 86 Assistant Hitting CoachAssistant Hitting Coach
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What happened to the Texas Rangers head coach? ›

The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward amid a disappointing season that has them likely to miss the postseason for the sixth consecutive year, the team announced Monday. Third base coach Tony Beasley will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Who got fired from the Rangers? ›

After two decades with the team and 17 leading the club, the Texas Rangers fired Jon Daniels Wednesday relieving him of all of his duties as the president of baseball operations effective immediately.

Did the Texas Rangers Fire John Daniels? ›

Daniels had been a part of the Rangers front office since 2002. ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers are officially cleaning house. The Rangers announced that Jon Daniels has removed from his position as President of Baseball Operations, just two days after firing manager Chris Woodward.

Who owns the Texas Rangers 2022? ›

Mr. Davis is Managing Partner and Majority Owner of the Texas Rangers and is the Chairman of the team's Board of Directors. Since he became a Principal owner in August 2010, the Rangers have won four A.L. West Division titles and two A.L.

Who was the Texas Rangers first manager? ›

Mickey Vernon

Why did Rangers change their crest? ›

"The new brand identity retains the core assets and heritage of Rangers, whilst modernising and evolving its visual style for a digital era and in support of the club's international fan engagement ambitions.

Who owns Rangers now? ›

Rangers International Football Club plc
PositionName
ChairmanDouglas Park
Vice ChairmanJohn Bennett
Non-Executive DirectorAlastair Johnston
Non-Executive DirectorGraeme Park
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Why do Rangers have British flags? ›

The Union Jack flags signify the Unionist political views of many Rangers supporters.

How tall is Tony Beasley? ›

2 Tony Beasley

Class: Senior Position: P/SS Bats: R Throws: R Height: 5-9 Weight: 160 Hometown: Bowling Green, Va.

Who is the woman in the Texas Rangers dugout? ›

Bianca Smith was once an intern in the Texas Rangers' organization. Now, she's breaking barriers and serving as an inspiration for women all over baseball and the sports world.

Who is the pitching coach for Texas Rangers? ›

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are parting ways with co-pitching coach Doug Mathis following the 2022 season, in which the club finished 68-94. Other pitching coach Brendan Sagara has been offered the opportunity to remain with the organization in a different role, likely on the Minor League or player development side.

When did Texas Rangers go to World Series? ›

The Texas Rangers have appeared in the World Series 2 times, in 2010 and 2011.

Who is Rangers new manager? ›

Rangers have confirmed the arrival of Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the club's new manager following Steven Gerrard's exit to Aston Villa. The Dutchman returns to Ibrox 20 years after leaving the Glasgow side as a player, with the 46-year-old picking up managerial experience at Feyenoord and in the Chinese Super League.

Who is the new Texas Rangers manager? ›

ARLINGTON -- A new era of Texas Rangers baseball has begun as the club announced on Friday it hired Bruce Bochy as the 20th full-time manager in franchise history.

Who was the Texas Rangers first manager? ›

Mickey Vernon

What religion is the Rangers manager? ›

Texas Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley has openly talked about his Christian faith in the past.

Why did Giovanni leave Feyenoord? ›

Van Bronckhorst to leave Feyenoord at end of season

Feyenoord have announced that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will step down as head coach at the end of the season. The 43-year-old former Barcelona and Netherlands star is eager to pursue a new challenge after a hugely successful spell in charge, which began in 2015.

Why did Van Bronckhorst leave China? ›

"It's been a very difficult year for me, for everyone," the 45-year-old told Chinese media, after R&F confirmed to AFP that he had quit. "Although working with the club, the team, the players and my staff was really nice... not seeing my family for me was -- and is -- the only thing (reason) I want to go back.

Who did Bruce Bochy play for? ›

Bruce Bochy

Who owns the Texas Rangers 2022? ›

Mr. Davis is Managing Partner and Majority Owner of the Texas Rangers and is the Chairman of the team's Board of Directors. Since he became a Principal owner in August 2010, the Rangers have won four A.L. West Division titles and two A.L.

Who was fired from the Rangers? ›

After two decades with the team, Jon Daniels has been relieved of his duties as President of Baseball Operations for the Texas Rangers.

Who was the Texas Rangers manager before Chris Woodward? ›

Woodward took over the reins in 2019 after Jeff Bannister was let go following back-to-back disappointing seasons in 2017 and 2018. In his nearly four-year stint as the Rangers skipper, Woody guided the team to an overall 211 – 287 record (. 424 W-L%), which includes the 51 – 63 (. 447 W-L%) record this season.

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4. Texas Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward, announce Tony Beasley as interim manager
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