Report: Angels interviewing Ron Washington for manager's job
The Los Angeles Angels are interviewing Atlanta Braves third base coach and former Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington for their vacant manager's job, a source told Sam Blum of The Athletic.
The interview will take place Tuesday night, Blum reports.
Washington, 71, hasn't managed since resigning from his job with Texas in 2014 due to a personal issue. He was a finalist for the Braves' managerial job in 2017 but lost out to Brian Snitker.
A longtime presence on the diamond as a player, coach, and manager, Washington posted a 664-611 record during his eight years in Texas. He guided the Rangers to five winning seasons, four 90-win campaigns, and two division titles, as well as their first two AL pennants in 2010 and '11.
Washington is also known for his lengthy coaching career. He most famously spent 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics. He's worked on Snitker's staff in Atlanta for the last seven years. Angels general manager Perry Minasian was a member of the Braves' front office when it hired Washington.
The Angels are searching for a new manager to replace Phil Nevin, who they fired shortly after the season ended. The new hire will become the franchise's fourth skipper in the last six seasons, following 18 years of stability under Mike Scioscia.
Former New York Mets manager Buck Showalter is reportedly also in the running for the Angels' job. Other candidates include former Angels players Gary DiSarcina and Benji Gil, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported Monday.
Minasian suggested Tuesday that the Angels are prioritizing experience and leadership in their managerial search, telling Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he wants someone who can "command a room."
"There are certain people that have earned different things," Minasian said. "Whether it be through their coaching style, whether it be through their playing style, but when they walk in the room, you know they're there. When they speak, people listen. That's something that we're trying to identify."