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Ronald Washington was born on 29 April 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, and is a former professional baseball player, former baseball manager and current baseball coach, best known as a shortstop for several teams in Major League Baseball (MLB), manager of the Texas Rangers, and coach of the Oakland Athletics.
So just how rich is Ron Washington? According to sources in mid-2017, Washington has acquired a net worth of over $5 million, his wealth coming from his involvement in baseball since 1977.
Ron Washington Net Worth $5 million
Washington attended the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy from 1970, being one of only three students who graduated to the major league. He went on to spend the next ten seasons in the minor leagues with the Royals’, Mets’ and Dodgers’ organizations, which contributed to starting his net worth. He briefly played in the major league with the Dodgers in 1977.
In 1981 he returned to the majors, signing with the Minnesota Twins and remaining with the team for six seasons, earning significant wealth. He played the season 1987 with the Baltimore Orioles, and season 1988 with the Cleveland Indians, further increasing his fortune. After spending season 1989 with the Houston Astros, he retired from professional baseball.
However, his involvement in the sport did not end here. He was soon hired by the New York Mets organization as a coach, where he would spend the next five years, expanding his net worth. In 1996 Washington became the first base coach for the Oakland Athletics, and the following year the team’s infield and third base coach, holding the position until 2006, further improving his wealth.
In 2006 he was hired by the Texas Rangers as their manager, becoming just the second manager in the Rangers’ history to lead the team to the post-season, in 2010, and the first to win a playoff series, when the Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 American League Championship Series. They went on to win over the New York Yankees in the ALCS, which enabled them to reach their first World Series, eventually being defeated by the San Francisco Giants. This made Washington the third African-American to manage a team into a World Series. In late 2010 the Rangers signed him to a two-year contract extension, considerably increasing his net worth status, and the following year he led the team to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, reaching their second World Series, but being defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals. The team signed Washington to another contract extension in 2012, making his net worth larger again, and he went on to manage the American League in the MLB All-Star Game that year.
In 2014 he managed a team of MLB All-Stars playing against All-Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series in Japan. Later that year he resigned from his managerial position, having established a record of 664–611 (.521).
The following year Washington became an infield coach for the Oakland Athletics, and then their third base coach few months later. All added to his wealth. As of 2017, he has served as third base coach for the Atlanta Braves.
Speaking about his private life, Washington has been married to Gerry Washington since 1972.
He has been no stranger to controversies; in 2009, he made headlines when he tested positive for cocaine, for which he later apologized, stating that this was a one-time transgression. Then, when he resigned from his position as Rangers’ manager in 2014, it was reported that his resignation might be related to allegations of sexual assault against a reporter. Washington then admitted to having an extramarital affair, and that his reconciliation with his family was the actual reason of the resignation.