The Rangers occupy third place in the American League West with a 51-63 record. Woodward is expected to be replaced by an interim manager after his fourth consecutive year with a losing mark.
The additions of Corey Seager — with whom Woodward was close from his days as a Los Angeles Dodgers coach — Marcus Semien and Jon Gray this winter heightened expectations following a 60-102 season in 2021. While the Rangers have played far better this year, with a run differential near even, their 6-24 record in one-run games would be the second-worst single-season winning percentage in such finishes since 1900, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Texas in November gave Woodward a contract extension that covered the 2023 season and included a 2024 option. The Rangers hired Woodward in November 2018 after coaching stints with Seattle and the Dodgers that followed a 12-year career as a utilityman.
BREAKING: Rangers have relieved Chris Woodward of managerial duties, according to a person with direct knowledge of situation https://t.co/wR6sFURKC7
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 15, 2022
The Texas Rangers have fired manager Chris Woodward, sources tell ESPN. News on the move and the particulars, including Texas’ historically bad record in one-run games, free at ESPN: https://t.co/ADO3GajPVd @Evan_P_Grant was first to report Woodward was out.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 15, 2022