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A’s hire ex-Rangers manager Ron Washington

Ron Washington is returning to the major leagues with the Oakland Athletics as a coach.

The A’s announced Thursday that the former Texas Rangers manager is coming back to Oakland, where he spent 11 years as a coach. He will join the A’s for their game on Friday night at Tampa Bay.

The 63-year-old Washington resigned Sept. 5 after nearly eight years as Rangers manager to focus on an “off-the-field personal matter.” Since that time, he was been working with youth and college players in New Orleans.

Washington will be in uniform for the Athletics but not allowed on the bench during games. The A’s already have the maximum number of coaches on their staff. His primary duty will be working with the infield and shoring up Oakland’s defense.

From 1996 to 2006, Washington worked for the A’s before he was hired by the Rangers and led them to American League championships in 2010 and 2011.

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