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Rangers manager Ron Washington regrets cocaine use in '09

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That's the shocking news published a short time ago by Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

Managers have been in the news before for substance abuse — Billy Martin comes to mind because of alcoholism. Butch Hobson got caught with cocaine after he was manager of the Red Sox.

But this is the first time I can recall a current manager testing positive for an illegal drug. Managers and coaches started being tested for drugs in 2008, as per the Mitchell Report's suggestion.

Here's what Washington told S.I. by phone on Tuesday:

"I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it," Washington said. "I am really embarrassed and I am really sorry.

"Any attempt to try to explain it is going to sound like excuses," he said. "There is no right way to explain something wrong, and I did wrong. Was it tension? Maybe. Anxiety?''

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