03/18/10 6:45 PM ET
Washington admits drug use as player
Rangers manager used amphetamines, marijuana
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Texas Rangers
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Washington's admission is being viewed against the backdrop of his more serious transgression that he apologized for on Wednesday."I'm trying to put this behind me by talking about it and moving on," Washington said. "I'm getting stronger every day. My focus during the day is great. When it's baseball, that's the one thing I can focus on. It's like being in your favorite chair when you're watching television. "I'm just hoping and praying that people can forgive me and move forward. I am a good person ... no, I'm not a good person, I'm a damn good person, and I'm proud and I'm a fighter and I'm hungry and I made a mistake." The Rangers are aware of Washington's revelations about his playing days, but don't see them as relevant to what happened last summer. "There is a kind of distinction to what people do when they are young vs. what they do later in life," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I'm sure there are things in all our past that we're not proud of. Ron could have avoided the questions earlier. He chose not to. I'm not going to punish a guy for being honest. It doesn't excuse the behavior, but that's the reality of it." The reality is also that the Rangers manager is undergoing heavy scrutiny at a time when he is trying to prepare his team for the regular season. On Thursday, Washington was answering more personal questions while standing outside the home dugout with Ryan just before a 'B' game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitchers were warming up in the bullpen behind Washington while he was answering questions. "My first inclination is this wasn't supposed to be out there," Washington said. "Now that it is, I want to get through it so it doesn't become a distraction to the team. I have a very strong team mentally and I'd like to think I have something to do with that, and my coaches. "I just think that when you make a grave mistake like I did and are out front, this is expected. All I can do is say I'm sorry. My team and I, the Texas Rangers, are going to move forward. I know I have a lot of mending to do, I'm going to go through that process just the way that I am." Asked about the toll this is taking on his manager, Daniels said, "Obviously, yesterday was a very emotional day. We know there are more to come. We have to stand up and answer the questions. It's not easy. Ron understands that. We're going to support him, the players are going to support him and we'll deal with that as we go."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.