Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington believes that his club's September swoon could cost him his job, according to comments he made on his weekly radio spot on local sports radio.
Talking in his regular slot on the Fitzsimmons & Durrett show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, Washington acknowledged that a second consecutive subpar finish may motivate ownership to make a change. The Rangers were 2-12 in September heading into Tuesday night's meeting with Tampa Bay.
"We all have to take the blame for our collapse right now if that's what you want to call it," Washington said. "I'm not calling it a collapse. I'm just calling it a slump. But there isn't anything I can do about that. I don't really think about that type of stuff. I know at some point in this game of baseball we all have to look for another job, but it isn't anything I'm concerned about."
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels offered his support before Tuesday night's game.
"There is no substance to (Washington losing his job). It's not something remotely being discussed," Daniels said. "The bottom line is we need to go out and have a good at-bat, a good inning and a good game and get this turned around. Everything else is a distraction.
"The reality is we have a playoff spot as we sit here today. We haven't played that way, but there's not much more I can do and not much Ron can do. It's about the guys between the lines."
Texas is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak in which it has failed to even hold a lead in any game. The winningest manager in team history, Washington has led the Rangers to three consecutive trips to the playoffs, including World Series berths in 2010 and 2011. But the 2012 squad blew a six-game lead over Oakland in the American League West in September to fall into the wild-card game, where it lost the one-game playoff at home to Baltimore.
The Rangers entered Tuesday with an 81-68 record and a half-game lead over Cleveland for the second wild-card spot.