Ron Washington has been with the Atlanta Braves since the start of the 2017 season. Fans see Washington in the third base coach's box during the season relaying signs to hitters and baserunners. He aggressively waves runners to the plate and big part of why the Braves score so many runs. However, his role is much bigger.
Washington has also taken on the role of working with infielders. He has built an everyday routine with players to improve their glove work. This training typically takes place before and after practices in Spring Training and well before the first pitch on game days during the season.
Players are held accountable by Ron Washington and he will let them know if they are not working like they should. Such a stern approach to many may seem a little over the top but Washington does this in such a respectable way it builds a positive relationship between him and the players. Ozzie Albies is a prime example.
There are currently four MLB teams that have a manager position open. Any team that is looking to fill this role may be calling Ron Washington to see if he is at least interested. After all, who wouldn't want such a hard-working individual who can build positive relationships with players running a ball club? Washington has managerial experience as well.
Between 2007-2014, Ron Washington was the manager of the Texas Rangers. During this stretch, Texas went 664-611 and won two American League pennants. Both times Washington reached the World Series, his team fell just short. There is no doubt that part of him would like to have another shot at a World Series title as a manager.
At the age of 71, if Washington is considering calling the shots for an MLB team again, now may be the time. The Los Angeles Angels, San Fransisco Giants, Cleveland Guardians, and New York Mets are all looking for a skipper.
The good news for the Atlanta Braves is that none of these ball clubs are likely to be contenders in the near future and the Braves are. With Washington's age and retirement being inevitable, he may be looking to be somewhere he can win regardless of what his role is.
We hope to see Washington back in the third base coach's box for the Braves in 2024 but this could be something to keep an eye on during the offseason.