Ron Washington‘s hiatus from baseball was short-lived. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser is reporting that Washington will be joining the Athletics staff on Thursday as they begin a four-game series at Tampa Bay. Washington is being brought on as a special assistant and fielding coach.
Ron Washington is, indeed, expected to join #Athletics in Tampa. He will not be an on-field coach during game but can work w/ team pregame.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 20, 2015
The move comes on the heels of a terrible start to the Athletics’ season on defense. Oakland currently leads the majors with 44 errors, ten more than the next team. Of particular concern is shortstop Marcus Semien, who has 15 errors. Not surprisingly, the club currently has the worst record of any team in the American League.
This will not be Washington’s first experience with the A’s. Before being hired by the Rangers, Washington served as an infield and third base coach for Oakland from 1995 to 2006.
Last September, Washington abruptly resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers to tend to personal matters. Later, in a press conference, Washington revealed he had been unfaithful to his wife and needed time to sort things out with his family.
Washington, 63, became manager of the Rangers after the 2006 season. Under Washington the Rangers reached their greatest accomplishments, including their only two World Series appearances. At the time of his departure, Washington had a 664-611 record as the Rangers’ skipper.