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Ron Washington resigns as Rangers manager

Washington had managed the Texas club since 2007.

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Ron Washington has resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers, citing an "off-the-field personal matter" as the reason for his departure.

Washington, 62, was in his eighth season managing the Rangers. He led the team to three straight playoff appearances, including back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011. Texas has hobbled to a last-place 53-87 record this season, but Washington says the team's play is not a factor in his decision.

In a statement, Washington said his decision to resign "in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season."

Updates from the Rangers' press conference:

Adam J. Morris has more information from the press conference over at Lone Star Ball.