Jon Daniels Says Some TV Broadcasters Made Their Initial List Of Potential Managerial Candidates

Josh Clark
October 04, 2018 - 5:46 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels gave some insight into the club's search for their next manager when he joined The Ben and Skin Show on Thursday afternoon.

Daniels revealed that the club's initial list included 40 candidates for the position. The list, however, has since been cut down. 

At his end of season press conference Tuesday, Daniels said the club would interview 5-8 candidates for the job, which is something he reiterated on Thursday.

Of note, Daniels was specifically asked if they were considering any unconventional candidates, just like the New York Yankees did when they hired manager Aaron Boone out of the broadcast booth this past season. 

"We talk to people on other teams. We talk to our own guys and ask 'who have you come across that's been really impressive?' We talk to players and ask them 'who's the best coach you've ever been around,'" Daniels said. "We also look back at guys that have recently managed and have been out of that role for a little bit. So many of the most successful managers in the game are on their second or third jobs. ... Guys have learned from past experiences. There are some guys on the initial list that are in the broadcasting world. We're trying to exhaust everything and not rule anything out."

Among the former players that are currently TV personalities that could peak the Texas Rangers interest include Mark DeRosa, Mike Lowell and former Florida Marlins and Yankees manager, Joe Girardi. 

Both DeRosa and Lowell have been linked to open managerial positions in the past and DeRosa almost landed the New York Mets job this past season. 

DeRosa also happens to be a former Texas Ranger and close friend of Michael Young, who is an adviser to Daniels. 

According to Jon Heyman, the Cincinnati Reds have already interviewed Girardi for their opening. 

Other candidates that are former major league players who have been linked to recent openings include Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Beltran, Raúl Ibañez, Chris Woodward and Michael Cuddyer.