Retired Texas Rangers' Michael Young waves to fans as he is driven into the ballpark before a game in Arlington, Texas.
Michael Young, manager of the Texas Rangers?
The idea might not be far-fetched.
The Rangers are open to a wide range of candidates, including Young, according to major-league sources.
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Young, in turn, is open to talking to his former team about the job if they show interest, sources say.
The Rangers’ position became open when Ron Washington resigned on Sept. 5. Washington, in a news conference Thursday, indicated that he quit due to difficulties he caused in his marriage, saying, "I was not true to my wife of 42 years. I broke her trust."
Tim Bogar, who was promoted from bench coach to interim manager after Washington vacated the job, is considered a leading candidate for the permanent position.
Young, however, represents an intriguing possibility, and his hiring would extend a recent trend of former players becoming managers with little or no previous managing experience.
The Nationals’ Matt Williams and Cardinals’ Mike Matheny; Tigers’ Brad Ausmus, White Sox’s Robin Ventura and Rockies’ Walt Weiss all had zero experience. The Marlins’ Mike Redmond had managed only two seasons in the minors.
The Rangers plan to consider every possible type of candidate, from Bogar to veteran managers to "just off-the-field types," sources said.
Young, 37, officially retired last January as a member of the Rangers, for whom he played from 2000 to ’12. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, hits, doubles, triples and runs.
Any past differences between Young and general manager Jon Daniels have been settled, sources said. The two had occasional spats during the final years of Young’s tenure.