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DLDD 11.6.06 - Fremont sees green (and gold)

The biggest news of the day is obviously the Texas Rangers' hiring of former A's third base coach Ron Washington. We'll miss ya, Wash!

Dallas Morning News

"My main goal is to simply let those guys be who they are," Washington said after his interview. "I'm not trying to be a miracle worker. I'm going to stress fundamentals and communication, and then I'm going to put some names on the lineup card and let them be who they are."

SF Chronicle

Washington, the A's third-base coach and infield instructor, met with Texas owner Tom Hicks on Sunday and he so impressed Hicks that Hicks signed Washington to a two-year deal the same day.

"I was shocked," Washington said by phone Sunday evening. "I went there thinking that they weren't going to make their decision, they just wanted to meet me. I just went there to be myself, and the next thing I know, I had the job.

"So," he added with a chuckle, "it really went well. I'm still trying to soak it in."

Ken Rosenthal

As author Michael Lewis wrote in Moneyball, Washington "can't open his mouth without saying something that belongs in Bartlett's." The Rangers will like playing for Washington, especially after souring on Buck Showalter's controlling reign, but they won't always like what they hear. Wash, 54, will be a terrific communicator, full of energy -- and refreshingly, sometimes painfully, honest.
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"You wanna see something funny," Washington says at one point. "Come sit with me in the third-base box and watch that s--- comin' at me. Nobody on this club know how to go from first to third."

Later, Washington adds, "Somebody on this team runs and gets his ass thrown out and you got all kinds of gurus who tell you that you just took yourself out of the inning."

I just found this... but for the love of god, don't call us the Fremont A's of Oakland. Fadedash has a separate diary about this subject here.

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