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05/08/08 11:10 PM ET
Daniels: Washington's job is secure
Rangers GM tired of talking about status of manager
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- The Rangers are starting a nine-game homestand on Friday night, and general manager Jon Daniels does not want manager Ron Washington's status to be an issue. The Rangers have won eight of 12 going into Thursday's contest with the Mariners, and Daniels made it clear that no changes are being considered right now. Daniels felt the need to speak on the record about the subject because there still is Internet-blog and talk-show chatter going on back in the Metroplex even as the Rangers haven been on a decent roll. "I'm prepared to put this to bed," Daniels said. "The team is playing better, and we're starting to get healthy. I'm very tired of all of this." If there comes a time to review the Rangers' field leadership, Daniels said it will not happen before the All-Star break. "Hopefully it won't happen then, either," the GM said. Washington's job status came under scrutiny after the Rangers endured a seven-game losing streak on a previous road trip that left them 7-16 on the morning of April 24. That afternoon, Daniels and club president Nolan Ryan met with owner Tom Hicks to discuss the situation. Ryan said everything was discussed from the manager on down. He made it clear that no decisions had been made and the Rangers have been playing much better since that point. That has squelched any talk in the front office of major changes being contemplated. Daniels, who has been a staunch backer of Washington, wants the focus to be on the field. "The bottom line is nobody should alone shoulder the responsibility for us getting off to a bad start," Daniels said. "We did, though, and we owed it to the organization and our fan base to review the situation. There's no secret we met. We did. Now we're getting healthy and playing better baseball. "You have to give credit to Ron and the staff and the players for responding. They're playing hard, executing and playing the game better. We need to let the team get out there and play baseball and get rolling. If at some point we need to re-evaluate, that's part of the game. But it won't happen before the All-Star break."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.