From BR Bullpen
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 163 lb.
- High School McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School
- Debut September 10, 1977
- Final Game July 7, 1989
- Born April 29, 1952 in New Orleans, LA USA
 Biographical Information
In 1989, Washington played for the West Palm Beach Tropics of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .359 in 67 games with a league-leading 73 runs batted in. After the season, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. In 1990, Washington played for the Daytona Beach Explorers, also of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He was batting .195 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 21 games when the league folded.
After his playing career ended, he joined the New York Mets organization, where he served as a minor league coach and manager. Washington was the coach for the Tidewater Tides in 1991-1992. He managed the Capital City Bombers in 1993-1994, then coached the Norfolk Tides in 1995. From 1996 to 2006, he was an Oakland Athletics coach.
He was hired to replace Buck Showalter as manager of the Texas Rangers on November 5, 2006. He beat out 4 other managerial candidates, including Don Wakamatsu, Trey Hillman, and Manny Acta (all future major league managers). Hillman might have been offered the job, but he was offered more money by the Nippon Ham Fighters to stay on with them, after he managed them to the Nippon Pro Baseball championship earlier in the Fall of 2006. Both Washington and Hillman had interviewed with the Oakland Athletics about their managerial vacancy, one week before Washington got the job with the Rangers.
On March 17, 2010, Washington announced at a press conference that he had tested positive for cocaine use the previous summer. Calling it a "one-time mistake", he offered his resignation as Rangers manager, but top-level management rejected it. He also admitted to having used marijuana and amphetamines during his playing career. He then led the Rangers to a number of franchise firsts that season, including their first win in a postseason series when they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, and their first World Series appearance after an upset of the New York Yankees in the ALCS. In the 2010 World Series however, the Rangers were no match for the strong pitching of the San Francisco Giants and bowed out in 5 games. The Rangers repeated as AL West champions in 2011 with an even stronger season, then reached the World Series for the second consecutive year by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS and the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. They were twice a pitch away from winning that World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals having a two-run lead going into the bottom of both the 9th and 10th innings of Game 6, but eventually lost that game and Game 7 as well to fall agonizingly close to the prize. In 2012, a late-season push by the Oakland Athletics denied the Rangers a third straight division title on the last day of the season, and they then lost the Wild Card Game at home to the Baltimore Orioles to make an early exit from the postseason. More disappointment came in 2013, after the team seemed to have the AL West title locked up in August, only to have a dreadful month of September and see the A's once again ride a late surge to a division title. Worse, their awful play in the final month also pushed them out of the wild card race.
 Notable Achievements
- Division Titles: 2 (2010 & 2011)
- AL Pennants: 2 (2010 & 2011)
- Other Postseason Appearances: 1 (2012 - wild card)
|Texas Rangers Manager
 Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1993||Capital City Bombers||South Atlantic League||64-77||10th||New York Mets|
|1994||Capital City Bombers||South Atlantic League||59-76||12th||New York Mets|
|2007||Texas Rangers||American League||75-87||4th||Texas Rangers|
|2008||Texas Rangers||American League||79-83||2nd||Texas Rangers|
|2009||Texas Rangers||American League||87-75||2nd||Texas Rangers|
|2010||Texas Rangers||American League||90-72||1st||Texas Rangers||Lost World Series|
|2011||Texas Rangers||American League||96-66||1st||Texas Rangers||Lost World Series|
|2012||Texas Rangers||American League||93-69||2nd||Texas Rangers||Lost Wild Card Game|
|2013||Texas Rangers||American League||91-72||2nd||Texas Rangers|
 Further Reading
- Will Leitch: "Life on the Hot Seat", Sports on Earth,com, September 23, 2013.