Currently the Angels, Astros, Brewers, Mets and Padres are all looking for their next manager. It has now been rumored that the Los Angeles Angels could be getting their next skipper directly from the current Atlanta Braves coaching staff.
Braves third base coach Ron Washington is in serious consideration for the Los Angeles Angels job along with Buck Showalter and others, according to Jon Heyman.
Losing Ron Washington from the Atlanta Braves coaching staff would be difficult to recover from. He has made such a lasting impact with so many players in the organization and is constantly working to make the infielders the best defenders they can be.
Washington’s aggressive base running strategy has also been beneficial to the Braves on several occasions. During the 2021 NLCS, Ron waved home two major runs for Atlanta that was identified as some of “the riskiest sends you could have.”
This would not be the first managerial position for Ron Washington if he took the job. He was with the Texas Rangers from 2007-2014. During this stretch he reached the World Series twice but fell short both times.
In 2011, Washington’s Texas Rangers were one strike away from taking the World Series title but David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals had other ideas. Remembering this historic moment could be driving Washington to chase redemption.
Washington has been open about his interest in considering taking another manager position if the right offer came along. This opportunity to manage players like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani (for now), it could be hard to pass up.
Ron has always loved a challenge and trying to restore an Angels organization that has consistently had potential but falling short of expectations could be his calling.
The Atlanta Braves hope to retain Ron Washington for the 2024 season but will completely understand if he chooses to chase his dreams of managing a MLB team again.
UPDATE: Los Angeles Angels interview Ron Washington on Tuesday evening
It appears the Angels will be interviewing Wash on Tuesday night for the managerial position. We wish him all of the luck with the interview but selfishly want him to remain in Atlanta. We will keep you updated.