WELCOME TO TEXAS
The 42-year-old Woodward was officially announced as the 19th full-time manager in Texas Rangers history on November 3, 2018, and he was introduced at a press conference two days later at Globe Life Park in Arlington…received a three-year contract covering 2019-2021 that included a club option for the 2022 season. The Covina, Calif. native hails from same hometown as Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Famer Michael Young…the pair knew each other and lived in close proximity at one point during childhood.
Has spent the last three seasons as third base and infield coach on Dave Roberts' staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers…in that span, the Dodgers compiled a .589 (287-200) regular season winning percentage while capturing the N.L. West Division title all three seasons, advancing to the World Series in 2017 and 2018…prior to joining the Dodgers, Woodward was the first base and infield coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2014-15…he began his coaching career as Seattle's minor league infield coordinator in 2013 and was promoted to the Major League staff late in that season… he started 2014 as Seattle's infield coach before assuming first base coaching duties early in the season.
Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia in 2016 with a 1-2 record…he was a coach for the New Zealand squad in the 2013 WBC qualification.
The former infielder spent all or parts of 12 seasons in the Majors with Toronto (1999-2004; 2011); New York Mets (2005-06); Atlanta (2007); Seattle (2009-10), and Boston (2009), hitting .239 with 33 homers and 191 RBI in 659 games…played every position except pitcher and catcher in his MLB career…appeared in 35 different ballparks in his career… he made his Major League debut with the Jays on June 7, 1999 at New York-NL in Shea Stadium, posting a sac fly in his first plate appearance and an RBI single off Orel Hershiser in his first at-bat…first home run was May 31, 2000 vs. Minnesota (Brad Radke)…spent much of the 2002-04 seasons as Toronto's starting shortstop, including Opening Day starts in 2003 and 2004…he hit a career-high three home runs on August 7, 2002 vs. Seattle, the lone multi-homer game of his career, becoming the 15th shortstop in MLB history to hit 3 HR in a game…the right-handed batter hit .276 with 13 homers and 45 RBI with the Blue Jays in 2002 and .261 in a career-best 104 games the following season…he split time between the majors and minors from 2009-11 and concluded his pro career with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Toronto organization in 2012.
Last MLB game came with Toronto on Sept. 27, 2011 at Chicago-AL…made penultimate start of his career with Toronto on April 25, 2011 at Texas…he was a career .277 hitter in 23 games against the Rangers, his highest figure versus any ML opponent with more than 20 games against…had a .295 (13-44) batting average at Globe Life Park in Arlington…went 5-for-10 with a walk in his career against Hall of Famer Greg Maddux…lone career grand slam came on Aug. 20, 2004 at Baltimore off Eddy Rodriguez.
In his only career postseason game, 2006 NLDS Game 3 with the Mets at Los Angeles-NL, Woodward doubled off Brett Tomko in his lone PA and later scored…was teammates with Darren Oliver, Carlos Beltran, Julio Franco, and Endy Chavez on that Mets squad.
Selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 MLB Draft and signed by Blue Jays scout Bill Moore… he starred in baseball at Northview High School in Covina, CA, where he also played football…earned All-League, All-Valley, second team All-CIF and team MVP honors in baseball… attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, where he was named all-conference.
Christopher Michael Woodward…born in Covina, Calif., but now lives in Chandler, Ari. with his wife Erin and three children: daughter Sophie (12/24/01), and sons Mason (5/1/07) and Grady (10/1/09)…Woodward earned a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Woodward was part of the Rangers Winter Caravan trip to San Antonio, Austin, and Ft. Hood in January… also joined Michael Young for Evening with the Rangers in December, benefiting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.