Ron Washington to new Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien: 'You take credit for what you are.'
The former Rangers manager tutored Semien in 2015 with Oakland and helped turn his career around.
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Ron Washington was fresh off a World Series championship with the Atlanta Braves.
Marcus Semien was fresh off a breakthrough season with the Toronto Blue Jays that included 45 home runs and would soon include a Gold Glove. He was headed to free agency.
Semien hasn’t forgotten 2015, when he was making a flurry of errors as the Oakland A’s shortstop. Then-A’s general manager Billy Beane reached out to Washington, a former A’s assistant coach before he became the beloved manager of the Texas Rangers, and asked Washington to help Semien.
The rest is now a seven-year, $175 contract Semien agreed to Sunday with the Rangers.
Washington knew in early November that Semien was about to get paid, but he also had some advice for Semien during a phone call in which Semien once again was giving Washington credit for turning him around.