Report: Rangers Managerial Job Is Michael Young's If He Wants It

Josh Clark
October 09, 2018 - 10:35 am
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Michael Young can become the Texas Rangers' next manager if he wants the job, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. 

It's not a complete surprise that Young would be the club's first choice considering he's very respected in the organization and is a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. 

Young, however, doesn't have an interest in the position, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Shortly after the club fired Jeff Banister, Grant reached out to the seven-time All-Star and he declined comment, but a source close to him said the Rangers understand he wants to spend time with his family. 

So if not Young, who's next on the list?

Nightengale mentioned former Ranger Mark DeRosa and New York Yankees bench coach Phil Nevin (also a former Ranger) as the leading candidates for the job. 

DeRosa almost landed the New York Mets job this past season and is one of Young's closest friends.

When joining The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan recently, Daniels gave some insight into the club's search for their next manager. He revealed that their initial list included 40 candidates for the position. The list, however, has since been cut down. 

At his end of season press conference, Daniels said the club would interview 5-8 candidates for the job, which is something he reiterated in the interview last 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 Rangers interest include DeRosa, Mike Lowell and former Florida Marlins and Yankees manager, Joe Girardi. All three are analysts for MLB Network. 

Other candidates that could be of interest to the Rangers include assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Beltran, Raúl Ibañez, Chris Woodward and Michael Cuddyer.