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Ron Washington says marital infidelity was reason he resigned as Rangers manager

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After nearly eight seasons of mostly successful management of the Texas Rangers — up until the 2014 campaign, where the team was on pace for a near-100-loss season — Ron Washington abruptly resigned from the team’s skipper job on Sept. 5.

In his first public comments since his shocking resignation, Washington claims that the reason he stepped down from his position was due to marital infidelity.

Saying, “Today I’m at a very low time in my life,” Washington did not field any questions, nor did he go into any particulars or specifics regarding his resignation, instead strictly stating that cheating on his wife left him no other move but to curiously quit his job.

“I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust,” Washington said. “I’m here today to own that, the mistake, and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down.”

Washington was signed through next season and has weathered some storms during his tenure with the Rangers — The Dallas Morning News chronicled the highs and lows — so it’s somewhat surprising that infidelity was the sole reason behind his sudden resignation.

At the time of his resignation, Washington made no official public statement but reportedly met with the players and left behind a written statement that provided no details as to the causes or reasons behind leaving his job.

The written statement from Washington issued by the team at the time of his resignation, which was cited as for personal reasons, read as follows:

I have submitted my resignation from the job I love in order to devote my full attention to an off-the-field personal matter,” Washington stated. “As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers’ organization and our great fans.”

Washington also texted USA Today Sports shortly after resigning, reportedly stating, “I’ll be back. Need some time!”

A report prior to Washington’s public statement on Thursday indicated that he had hired two communications firms that specialize in crisis management to assist him with his appearance.

It must have been a bizarre scene for the assembled media. Nothing adds up in this situation. The timing of his resignation, the amount of time that elapsed between his stepping down and his first public statements, not to the mention the purported reasons behind his departure. It’s baffling.

Weird stuff.

Washington’s statement in its entirety follows below, transcription courtesy of The Dallas Morning News.

“I want to thank you guys for coming. I just wanted to say a couple of things. You know when you respect baseball, baseball respects you. I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life. I don’t run when I make a mistake. And when you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the type of things that my wife always say to me.

“I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that, the mistake, and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down. You know when I was 22 years old, I went to Mexico and a lot of things started making sense to me about the game of baseball. I began to figure it out. I was able to see things that maybe other people weren’t able to see and I remember calling my wife and letting her know that I feel like I have arrived and I had figured this game out. In reality, you never really figure the game out. But I did tell her to quit her job. It was a really proud moment for me and it’s something that I’ll always remember and she’s always stood by me. Today I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers.

“All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding. I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal and we are trying hard to put it behind us. And I was born to be a baseball player. I’m a baseball lifer. The Rangers gave me a home and I’m thankful for that. And I’m also thankful for the experience to have the opportunity to manage here in Texas. I look to the future and getting back into the game and continuing my career. I wanted to give a final thanks to the fans. Texas Rangers fans, you’ve been good to me and I will miss the Metroplex and I will miss you. That’s all I have to say. Thank you.”

The details that emerged Thursday ends two weeks of speculation about Washington’s abrupt departure.

On the day he resigned, Washington briefly spoke to the club and departed Globe Life Park without comment. He left behind a written statement that offered no insight into the resignation.

The Rangers have previously said Washington, who was signed through next season, resigned because of personal reasons. The club did not offer the option of taking a leave of absence to attend to the matter and returning.

“I understand why he needs to do what he’s doing, and I respect that,” general manager Jon Daniels said on the day Washington resigned. “You work with someone for eight years and develop a pretty close bond, a lot of emotions, really. But at the end of the day, I care about him as a person first and respect that he needs to address some things.”

Nope. Still doesn’t make a lick of sense.

UPDATE: Video of Washington addressing the media has been posted.