4 Bold Texas Rangers predictions for 2024

2024 is nearly here and it is time to make prognostications for a season that is still months away.
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There is just hours left in the year 2023. This will be a year Texas Rangers fans will never forget and likely do not want to see end. It is the year Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, and Josh Sborz went from regular players to mythical heroes. The stories of the home runs Seager and Garcia hit will be passed down from father to son to grandchildren. The redemption journey for Josh Sborz will be retold for years. While those stories will continue to be told, it is time to look into the future. It is time to make wild predictions about what will happen in 2024. I have four bold predictions about what will happen for the Texas Rangers in 2024.

Bold Prediction #1- Will Venable named Manager-in-waiting

I think everyone assumes Venable is the next guy once Bochy steps down. A bench coach does not turn down managerial interviews like Venable did in October unless there is an understanding he has a managerial job already lined up. I think in spring training this year that Bochy announces that he will step away after the 2025 season. Texas then announces that Will Venable will succeed Bochy as manager starting in 2026.

This does two things it takes away the question of whether or not Texas will extend Bochy's contract off the table throughout the 2024 season. Bruce Bochy is heading into year two of a three-year contract. Texas would not want Bochy to coach on a lame-duck contract. So they would need to extend his contract by the end of the season. Second, it allows Bochy to go out on his terms. He already brought a World Series championship to Texas and added to his collection of rings. There is a chance that the 2025 season will allow him an experience that will be coming later on in our predictions.

Will Venable is an ideal hire for the Texas Rangers. He was thought to be a candidate for the job before Bruce Bochy took the reins. He is a former teammate of Chris Young and has a good working relationship with the GM. He is very knowledgeable about the game and is a former Texas Rangers player. This will allow Texas to keep him in-house and make sure he does not leave for another job say if the Yankees job came open or some other job came calling. This locks Venable in place and gives the Rangers managerial security through the next several seasons.