Chris Woodward spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with five different teams. Now he’s the new manager of the Texas Rangers, per ESPN. Woodward, of course, spent last season as the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But this will be his first-ever managerial job. Before going to the Dodgers, he spent two seasons with Seattle as an infield coach.
With the Rangers, though, Woodward has plenty of work to do. They did last make the postseason as recently as 2016 (95-67), but have gotten worse in each season since. In 2017, they won only 78 games while missing the postseason entirely (obviously). But last year they were even worse, falling to a 67-95 record. Their most valuable player in 2018 was 30-year-old hurler Mike Minor, who pitched to the tune of a 4.18 ERA, 4.46 FIP and 5.78 DRA over 157 innings of work.
If that’s your most valuable player, there is plenty of work to do. So good luck to Woodward. All we know is the Rangers better give him some time. A lot of time, as a matter of fact. The thing is, where do they begin? After all, the Rangers would enter the season with a bottom-half farm system. And their talent at the major league level isn’t much better.