The Texas Rangers will hire Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as their manager, according to multiple reports on Friday.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 3, 2018
It is going to be Chris Woodward as the Rangers new manager… the story is breaking all over the place tonight….. confirmed by sources
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) November 3, 2018
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 3, 2018
The move has not yet been made official and no word has come from the Rangers regarding the potential hire.
Rangers officials not confirming @BNightengale report that Chris Woodward has been hired as manager, but not denying either. Remember Rangers would have to inform two internal candidates of decision and would not want to leak to media first out of respect to Wakamatsu/Tingler
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) November 3, 2018
Woodward would be the 27th manager in club history. The former infielder, who played in the big leagues from 1999-2001, has been the third base coach for the Dodgers since 2016. In that span, Los Angeles has gone on to play in two consecutive World Series, losing to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Woodward got his start in coaching with the Seattle Mariners in late 2012 and became an infield coach in 2014.