Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington unexpectedly resigned from his position today, citing the desire to "devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter."

Here's his statement, via MLB:

"Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love - managing the Rangers - in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what's best for me and my family.

"This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.

"I deeply regret that I've let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it's been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I've had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy."

Rangers bench coach Tim Bogar will take over as interim manager.

Washington has scheduled a press conference later today. We'll update when it happens.

Update (5:20 p.m.): Washington said the personal matter is not related to substance abuse.

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