The 42-year-old is now a manager for the first time in his career, spending the past three years as an assistant with the Dodgers. That does include the last two National League Championships, so the Rangers are hoping for that experience to carry over to a young team. As a player, he played 12 seasons in the majors as an infielder, doing so with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, and Boston Red Sox.
Woodward retired in 2012 and joined the Mariners' organization as an infield coach through the 2015 season. He would sign on with the Dodgers from there, and now replaces Jeff Bannister as the Rangers' manager. Texas is coming off a 67-95 season, which was good for last place in the American League West Division, which has been dominated by the Houston Astros as of late.
Woodward could be managing a former teammate of his in Adrian Beltre, whom he played with in 2009 with Seattle. Although, Beltre has yet to announce whether or not he will return for his 21st major league season. The Rangers will open up the season under their new manager on March 28th against the Chicago Cubs.