Ron Washington returned to the Oakland A's organization as a major league coach on May 21, 2015 after managing the Texas Rangers from 2007-14. He replaced Mike Gallego as third base coach on Aug. 24 and will serve in that capacity in 2016. This season marks Washington's 13th with the A's.
Washington began his Major League coaching career in 1996 when he was named as the A's first base coach. He moved across the diamond to third base in 1997 and remained there until he was hired by the Rangers following the 2006 season. In addition, Washington has also worked with the A's infielders and Oakland led the league in fielding in 2004 and 2005 before finishing second in 2006. He was also instrumental in the development of six-time Gold Glove third baseman, Eric Chavez.
Washington was hired as manager by Texas on Nov. 6, 2006 and won more games than any manager in Rangers and Senators history, compiling a 664-611 (.521) record in eight seasons. He guided Texas to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011 and the Rangers posted four consecutive 90-win seasons from 2010-13, including a 96-win season in 2011. Texas finished first or second in the American League West under Washington for six consecutive seasons from 2008-13. The Rangers were 53-87 when he resigned Sept. 5, 2014. Washington's coaching career began in 1991 at Tidewater, the Mets Triple-A affiliate in the International League. He spent two seasons there before taking over as manager of New York's Single-A Columbia Bombers of the South Atlantic League. In 1993 he guided the Bombers to a 64-77 record and Columbia finished 59-76 in 1994. In 1995, he returned as a coach for the Mets Triple-A affiliate, now at Norfolk.
The former infielder spent all or parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with Los Angeles, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston. He made his debut with the Dodgers in 1977 and, despite hitting .368 in 10 games, did not return to the majors until 1981 with Minnesota. The New Orleans native hit .271 with a career high 5 HR and 39 RBI in his first full season in the majors in 1982 and he batted a career high .294 for the Twins in 1984. Washington was released by the Twins prior to the 1987 season and played 26 games for Baltimore that year. He played 69 games with Cleveland in 1988 and seven games for the Astros in 1989. Washington finished his professional playing career with the Texas Rangers Triple-A Oklahoma City farm team in 1990.
He graduated from John McDonogh High School in 1970 and attended Manatee Junior College. He was signed as a free agent by Kansas City out of the Royals Baseball Academy. Ron and his wife, Geraldine, live in New Orleans, Louisiana