Rebuilt Rangers Headed In Right Direction

NEW YORK -- If there has been one downside to what has been an otherwise improbably impressive year for Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, it came a couple of weeks ago when best-selling author John Grisham was in Arlington for a game and Washington didn't get to meet him. Because if there's one thing Washington loves as much as baseball, it might just be Grisham novels.

The Rangers' 57-year-old manager has read everything the best-selling author has written; "even the bad ones," he says. He's currently flying through The Appeal, Grisham's 2008 legal thriller about corporate malfeasance. "I love them," he said before a recent game. "He needs to hurry up and write some more."

With 23 books published in just 20 years, Grisham might be one of...

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