SURPRISE, AZ (KETK) — The Chris Woodward era in Texas Rangers history is set to officially start in just over three weeks in Arlington and players have already started to take notice of Woodward’s style.
“He kind of helps take the weight off our shoulders. He knows how hard it is to go out there and perform at a high level every single day,” said centerfielder Delino Deshields.
Woodward played for 12 years in the majors which will help him understand the physical and mental grind a 162-game season takes on the players.
Late nights, long plane rides, and being in two cities a week over six months takes a toll on athletes.
Deshields, maybe more than most on the team, can certainly appreciate this side of Woodward’s experience. He is coming off a season that was riddled by injuries and a subpar performance at the plate.
This could help Woodward, as well, as he is making the transition to manager for the first time in his young coaching career.
“You gotta ramp it up, just like the players are kind of doing. It’s something I’m obviously thinking a lot about,” said Woodward.
His managerial career and the Rangers regular season begins on March 28 when the club hosts the Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park.