Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday that he fears for his job as his club trudges its way through a second straight September swoon. The Rangers have lost seven consecutive games and haven't had a lead in any of the 63 innings during the streak. They are holding on tight to the second wild-card spot in the American League a half-game ahead of Cleveland after leading the West by two games to start September. They now trail the division-leading Oakland Athletics by 6.5 games. Washington said hasn't had any conversations with the Rangers front office about his job status but said he is worried. "That decision if it's made it's out of my hands" Washington said during his weekly radio spot with Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "And yes I'm concerned about my job. Who wouldn't be. But I hope that I've gained credibility for what all we've accomplished in the past few years. I'm not a finger pointer. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone. We all have to take the blame for our collapse right now if that's what you want to call it. I'm not calling it a collapse. I'm just calling it a slump. But there isn't anything I can do about that. I don't really think about that type of stuff. I know at some point in this game of baseball we all have to look for another job but it isn't anything I'm concerned about." Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday on ESPN Dallas' "Galloway & Company" that he doesn't think Washington should or would be fired at the end of the season. "Ron is not the guy out there standing on the mound or in the batter's box or fielding a position" Ryan said. "Ron has done everything within his power to try to motivate his club and I just think we have some people having sub-par years and we've had some injuries and we just we brought a lot of young players into our organization that don't have a lot of experience." Washington became the winningest manager in Rangers' franchise history in August passing Bobby Valentine. Washington has won 601 games and led the Rangers to three consecutive playoff appearances including the World Series in 2010 and 2011. But Washington has overseen two poor Septembers including a 2-12 record this month. The Rangers blew a six-game division lead in nine games to close out 2012 losing the American League West on the final day of the regular season then losing the wild card game at home to Baltimore. "I look at it in the big picture. What we've done here since I've been here that should mean something" Washington said. "If a blip at the end of the year makes people decide that Ron Washington isn't the guy for the job there isn't anything I can do about that.
Ron Washington: 'I'm concerned about my job'
ESPN Dallas | Sep 17