Jon Daniels fired by Rangers

ARLINGTON — The Rangers have said goodbye to baseball operations president Jon Daniels, effective immediately.

General manager Chris Young will take over all duties, including overseeing all aspects of the Rangers baseball division, the club said in a press release. The move comes just two days after Texas manager Chris Woodward was relieved of his duties following a 51-63 season start.

Daniels joined the Rangers baseball operations division in 2002 and was named the team’s general manager on October 4, 2005. In March 2013, he added the title of president of baseball operations.

Daniels oversaw the most successful piece in franchise history, including American League pennants in 2010 and ’11, as well as additional AL West titles in ’15 and ’16. Still, the Rangers are in the midst of their sixth consecutive losing season, including last place in ’20 and ’21.

“Jon’s achievements in his 17 years leading our baseball operations division have been many,” said Ray Davis, Rangers majority shareholder. “He and his staff put together the best teams in the history of this franchise, resulting in five playoffs and two American League pennants between 2010 and 2016. His impact on the growth of our player development, scouting and analysis groups has been enormous. Jon has always had the best interests of the Rangers organization in mind, both on the field, off the field and in the community.

“But the bottom line is we haven’t had a winning record since 2016 and haven’t been competitive in the AL West division for much of that time. While I’m confident we’re moving in the right direction, I think a change in leadership of the baseball operations division will be beneficial going forward.”

Young was hired as general manager in December 2020 to work alongside Daniels. The two have worked side by side for the past year and a half to run the Rangers’ front office.

“Chris Young is one of the best young baseball executives in the industry, and in his 21 months on the job he has brought welcome energy and new ideas to the organization,” Davis said. “I am confident in Chris’s ability to lead our baseball business with the goal of producing a consistent winner on the field.”

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