The Texas Rangers' possession of the worst record in baseball in 2014 isn't stopping their manager, Ron Washington, from being held in high regard by Major League Baseball.
MLB and the MLB Players Association announced Thursday that Washington will manage the MLB All-Star team during a five-game series in Japan against Japanese All-Star team 'Samurai Japan' this November.
Major leaguers Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig are among the group of players announced that will represent MLB in this year's All-Star series.
The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of MLB players has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars. The 2006 MLB team went 5-0 in competition.
All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
Washington is the Rangers' all-time winningest manager. He has a 660-601 record in seven-plus years at the helm in Texas.
He managed the American League All-Star team in the mid-summer classic in 2011 and 2012, after leading the Rangers to back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011.
Editor's note: Text provided by Major League Baseball contributed to this report.