On Thursday, it was reported that Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward was interviewing with the Texas Rangers. Then, on Friday the announcement was made that Woodward would be the new manager of the Texas Rangers.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 3, 2018
Nevertheless, this ends a tenure for Woodward with the Dodgers that has been a fixture since 2016. When a Dodgers player hits a home run – he’s the guy at third slapping hands with said player. Woodward is also the coach you see giving signals to the batter from the dugout in between every pitch.
We detailed his history within baseball in our last post – but the ripple effect the Dodgers probably suffer is the need for someone to coach infield fundamentals. Woodward retired from baseball in 2012 and joined the Seattle Mariners in 2014. Coaching infield was his door into the coaching carousel of the big leagues – he served as an infield coach for Seattle in 2014 and 2015.
Woodward replaces incumbent Jeff Bannister in Texas who was fired in September. The Rangers posted back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in a decade in 2018.
No immediate replacement for the Dodgers third-base position has been named as of yet. Woodward goes down as the first domino to fall in a group of special people that will not make a return to make a bid for a third straight World Series appearance.[button color=”blue” size=”big” alignment=”center” rel=”follow” openin=”samewindow” url=”https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-november-1st-team-press-conference-recap-ce1110/2018/11/02/”]Front Office Press Conference Recap[/button]