Texas manager Ron Washington has signed a two-year contract extension after leading the Rangers to the World Series for the second straight season.
The deal Monday puts Washington under contract through the 2014 season.
Washington has a 427-383 record in five seasons with Texas, his first big-league managerial job. He is the first manager in major-league history to increase his team’s win total in four consecutive seasons after his initial year with a club.
“He’s become a great manager, and a good personal friend and partner in all that we do,” General Manager Jon Daniels said. “And obviously a huge part of our success, in my mind, is his ability to set the tone in that clubhouse to continue to teach the game to guys at the big-league level and to demand a lot from our players.”
Texas won 75 games in Washington’s first season, in 2007 after he replaced the fired Buck Showalter. The win total increased each year after that — to 79, 87, 90 and then a franchise-record 96 last season.
The Rangers had never won a playoff series before winning the last two American League pennants.