The Texas Rangers announced on Wednesday morning that they have fired President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. The news was first reported by Levi Weaver of The Athletic via Twitter. This startling development comes just days after the Rangers made the decision to fire manager Chris Woodward. The firing of Jon Daniels marks the end of a tenure that lasted almost two decades with the Rangers. It was yet another move that fans were clamoring for. The Rangers are making it no secret that their plan is to win going forward. That plan, however, will begin to materialize next season, as they are currently in third place in the AL West with a record of 52–64. They are 22 games behind the division leading Houston Astros. Rangers GM Chris Young will assume oversight of all aspects of the Rangers’ baseball operations department.
Owner’s Statement on Jon Daniels
Rangers Managing Partner and Majority Owner Ray Davis released a statement this morning on this turn of events.“This morning I informed Jon Daniels that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season and that he is being relieved of his duties effective immediately. Jon’s accomplishments in his 17 years running our baseball operations department have been numerous.
He and his staff put together the best teams in this franchise’s history that resulted in five playoff appearances and two American League pennants between 2010 and 2016. His impact on the growth of our player development, scouting, and analytics groups has been immense. Jon has always had the best interests of the Rangers organization in mind on and off the field and in the community.But the bottom line is we have not had a winning record since 2016 and for much of that time, have not been competitive in the A.L. West Division. While I am certain we are heading in the right direction, I feel a change in the leadership of the baseball operations department will be beneficial going forward.”
Embed from Getty Images