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Dodgers hiring Chris Woodward as Special Assistant in Front Office

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Texas Rangers manager watches his team face the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Wednesday, September 1, 2021. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The Rangers relieved Chris Woodward of his managing duties in August.

Now five months later he’s headed back to Los Angeles, where he was previously a third base coach with the Dodgers. He remained on Dave Roberts‘ staff for three years before landing the head coaching position in Texas. Woodward has made his way through the MLB, not only did he play parts of 12 seasons as a player, he’s spent some time on three different coaching staffs.

Woodward got his start in his post-playing career in 2012 when he joined the Seattle Mariners as a minor league field coordinator, from there he transitioned into the Mariners’ infield coach and first base coach before opting out when the Lloyd McClendon era was over.

The former utility player then joined the Dodgers as the third base coach where he spent three seasons. During those seasons, Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia. He then interviewed for the Yankees opening after the 2017 season, though that was later given to Aaron Boone. Woodward landed the top gig for the first time during the 2018-19 offseason, tabbed to lead a rebuilding Rangers club on a three-year contract.

After two seasons, the Rangers extended his contract. The extension opened up a series of moves that the Rangers hoped would put them in contention. Though the front office didn’t see the step forward that they wanted to, with the club carrying a 51-63 record in the middle of August, the Rangers fired Chris Woodward. Not long after, the organization decided to part ways with the President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. Texas finished the season with Tony Beasley as the interim. This offseason, they have hired Bruce Bochy. The Rangers went 211-287 over Woodward’s tenure, though they anticipated a fair number of losses early on.

Now, Woodward looks to help the Dodgers in a new formality.

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