Michael Young would be a risky, possibly very good hire as the next manager of the Texas Rangers. In an age where more former players are getting hired to coach without any prior experience, Young would be a big splash on the baseball landscape if his former, once-jilted employer hired him once again to run the show.
But on Tuesday, Young had a conversation with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who Young had a few public spats with in his final years of playing in Arlington, about the vacant job. In the end, Young withdrew his name from any consideration just a year after he retired from baseball.
"I’m honored to be considered for the position of Rangers’ manager,” Young told reporters. “I appreciate everything the Rangers organization has meant and done for me, my career, and my family. Having said that, I recognize the immense time commitment a manger’s position requires, and at this point in my life, it’s not the right fit. I retired to spend more time with my family and I’m enjoying this chapter in my life.”
The days of Young being the Rangers manager apparently won't come real soon, but it could be a possibility down the road. What would be great is if interim manager Tim Bogar kept the job, which seems to be the likely outcome, and hired Young as his bench coach. But then again, that would kind of fly in the face of his whole "spending more time with family" comments.