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Ron Washington says he doesn’t regret leaving Braves in NSFW interview

Former Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington is happy he has left for another opportunity to lead the big league. That in itself is not a big surprise. Washington was a successful manager with the Texas Rangers before coming to the ATL. He was loved in the Braves clubhouse.

So when Washington says he’d rather manage the Angels than be an assistant coach with the Braves, I believe him. However, Washington became quite defensive when he confirmed his decision with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

‘I’m not a damn failure’ says Washington. “I’ve never been a failure in my damn life. I may fail, but I am not a failure. There is a difference. I’m going to do whatever it takes not to fail. I’m not going to allow it to keep happening to me and telling me I’m a failure. (Expletive) that. I’m going to do what I have to do to get out.”

Let them know, Wash!

Washington was a fan favorite in Atlanta, and in his early 70s, many wondered if he would take a big-league job again. But the first chance he got, Washington made the most of it. The Angels are rebuilding, yes, but they have an experienced leader who has been there before. They also missed Mike Trout for much of the season.

“We just have to learn to win. It takes time. Next year will be different,” Washington reiterated.

You have to love Washington’s spirit and his willingness to step up to the plate with Nightengale. He believes in this Angels organization, even if they are expected to sell at the trade deadline and add young talent for next season.

“I haven’t had a sleepless night since I took this job,” Washington said. “This record is not what I hoped for, and we are not playing the way I expected. But we have such a young team. There are nights when everyone on the field is making minimum salary.”

Besides Trout, the Angels don’t have much else on the active roster. The loss of Shohei Ohtani proved to be a fatal blow to Los Angeles, something they were unable to recover from last winter.

Washington is the right leader for this franchise, and his willingness to support his decision to become manager is a great sign. The Angels have a good one, even if Braves fans don’t like some of his words.