City of Angels’ Black MBL bosses
Fred Jeter | 11/16/2023, 6 p.m.
There are just two Black Major League Baseball managers, and both have Los Angeles teams to oversee.
Ron Washington, 71, was hired last week by the Los Angeles Angels and given a two-year contract. He is joined by Dave Roberts who has been the Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager since 2015.
The short list fell temporarily to just one last week following the retirement of Dusty Baker with the Houston Astros.
Baker had been the oldest manager at 74.
Washington, a big-league infielder with five different teams from 1977 to 1989, previously managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 to 2014. He twice took Texas to the World Series, losing each time.
Since 2016, Washington has been the third-base coach for Atlanta, helping the Braves to the 2021 World Series crown.
He replaces Phil Nevin with the Angels, who were 73-89 this past season.
Other managers of color with Hispanic ancestry are Oliver Marmol in St. Louis, Dave Martinez (Washington), Carlos Mendoza (New York Mets), Alex Cora (Boston) Boston and Pedro
Grifol (Chicago White Sox).