New manager Chris Woodward brings aggressive approach to Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz.—There was no way of knowing Chris Woodward had the makings of a big league manager when he was a scrawny teenager scooping up grounders and spraying line drives around the field at Hollenbeck Park in Covina. Only with the clarity of hindsight and a relationship built on a shared blue-collar upbringing and two-plus decades in professional baseball did the clues come into focus for Michael Young, a fellow Covina native who played 13 of his 14 big league seasons with the Texas Rangers. “Woody is a normal-sized guy now, but when he was young, he was tiny,” Young said of Woodward, the former Dodgers third base coach who was named Rangers manager last November.

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