Report: Multiple MLB teams interested in Michael Young for managerial openings
Former All-Star third baseman Michael Young is drawing some interest from multiple teams with managerial openings, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network:
Michael Young, the Rangers great who works in their front office, has received multiple calls with interest for managerial jobs. Friends say he hasn’t decided he’s quite ready to dive into the managing pool yet. Would be very good.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 13, 2019
Young has been a special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels for the last several years, though he does not have any managerial experience at any level.
The trend for hiring former players as a rookie manager has risen exponentially in recent years.
Aaron Boone took over for Joe Girardi as the manager of the New York Yankees in 2018, and just one year later he looks like a shoe-in to win American League Manager of the Year. The Minnesota Twins hired Rocco Baldelli prior to the start of the 2019 season, and Baldelli helped Minnesota to a 101-win season, which was a 23-win improvement over 2018.
Young was one of the most professional hitters in baseball over the course of his 14-year career, posting a career slash line of .300/.346/.441 and making seven All-Star teams as a member of the Rangers. He also paced the MLB in hits in 2005 and 2011.
The Covina, CA native also chimed in on the Daniel Hudson situation after Hudson was placed on paternity leave just hours before Game 1 of the NLCS:
I promise you every one of his teammates will embrace/congratulate him and not give two effs that he missed a game for that reason.
That kid will always know what Dad sacrificed to welcome her into this world.
Congrats, Daniel Hudson. https://t.co/Y0XL1NnNec
— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) October 12, 2019
There are no shortage of potential options for Young if he decides to pursue the managerial route. Eight different clubs have openings after the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler on Thursday.
The Giants and Padres reportedly have expansive lists of candidates, and it appears that teams are doing their due diligence as they decide on the right person to man the bench in 2020.