It seems the Texas Rangers are adding another name to their potential managers list as of Wednesday as they continue to search for Jeff Banister’s replacement.
News broke on Wednesday that the Texas Rangers are interviewing Eric Chavez for their vacant managerial position. Yes, that Eric Chavez. The former Oakland A’s star third baseman most recently managed the Angel’s Triple-A club for the tail end of their 2018 season. Before that, Chavez worked as a special assistant for the New York Yankees under Brian Cashman and then moved to the Angels organization in 2015.
Chavez, a former Gold Glove winner, is fairly inexperienced with regards to coaching which all signs point to that possibly being something for which the Rangers front office is looking. The 40 year old definitely rings a bell in the minds of Ranger’s fans who saw him regularly as a part of the A’s for the better part of a decade. A career .268 hitter, Chavez was a lockdown third baseman in his time in the league winning six Gold Gloves coming consecutively from 2001-2006. Chavez also picked up a Silver Slugger in 2002 as he was no slouch at the plate.
Regarding his inexperience, many think that the Texas Rangers may be interested in adding a manager who is a bit younger that can hopefully improve communication within the locker room, something that reportedly has been a struggle over the past couple of seasons.
There still is no timetable regarding any hiring of a Jeff Banister replacement as the Rangers feel that ensuring they get the right candidate in place is more important that getting someone in immediately. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News noted earlier in the week that Texas possibly was holding off on making a decision until post-World Series for a chance to interview somebody currently with the Dodgers or Red Sox.
Chavez keeps the potential manager list at seven after former Yankees skipper, Joe Girardi, pulled himself out of consideration for all vacancies around the league, opting to remain at MLB Network instead.