The MLB All-Star teams have been announced, and the Braves have set a franchise record, sending eight players to Seattle, including the entire infield.
What’s so special about baseball is how many people are involved in making an organization. From the front office to the minor league coaches to the guys in the dugout on game day, they are all critical in building a sustainable winner. Every member of the organization deserves credit for what the Braves have built, and a huge part of it has been infield coach Ron Washington.
Wash is one of the most hands-on coaches in all of baseball. It doesn’t matter what time of day, he is always tirelessly working with his infield to improve their defensive approach. So, if anybody deserves to be proud of Atlanta’s entire infield making the NL All-Star team, it’s the Braves third base coach, who talked about what it felt like on the broadcast before Monday night’s game.
“Like a proud papa,” Washington said. “No, I’m very proud of those guys. I don’t think words can express it, but they deserve every accolade that they get because they got tremendous work ethic. They bring attitude every day. They bring effort every day, and they earned the right to be in the All-Star Game. I’m just so proud of them.”
Ron Washington says he felt "like a proud papa" when he saw his entire infield make the National League All-Star roster.@laurenjbara sits down with the @Braves third-base coach following yesterday's historic All-Star announcement. pic.twitter.com/0VEwwNK9zh
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) July 3, 2023
Washington is one of the best characters in all of baseball. He’s a straight shooter that is always going to tell you how he feels, whether you like it or not. Clearly, his words have resonated with the Braves infield.
Over the last couple of years, Washington has been considered for some managerial vacancies. He’s expressed that he would like to manage again if the opportunity presents itself. Even though he’s not the youngest candidate, I have a feeling he might not have to wait much longer. Washington is more than deserving of another shot, and while losing him would be a massive blow to the Braves, I hope he gets that chance. He’s been instrumental to what has been built in Atlanta.