The Rangers conducted a managerial interview with interim skipper Tony Beasley today, president of baseball operations Chris Young informed reporters (including Kennedi Landry of MLB.com). Beasley, who held the position on an interim basis after Chris Woodward was fired in mid-August, is the only internal candidate under consideration. It’s unclear how many people outside the organization will meet with Texas brass in the coming weeks.
The 55-year-old Beasley first joined the Texas coaching staff in advance of the 2015 season. He held a coaching position under both former managers Jeff Banister and Woodward. After initially serving as third base coach for the 2022 campaign, Beasley was promoted to interim manager for the last six weeks of the season. The Virginia native took over a team that had a disappointing 51-63 record at the time. The club didn’t find any better results down the stretch, going 17-31 to close out the year at 68-94.
Certainly, Young and his staff will look at more than just the team’s record over six weeks in an already non-competitive season in determining whether Beasley warrants serious consideration for the full-time job. He’s clearly earned the respect of multiple previous skippers and the front office, although former president of baseball operations Jon Daniels was let go not long after Woodward.
Young is leading a baseball operations department for a first time, making the managerial search his first big decision. Hired as general manager during the 2020-21 offseason, the former big league hurler spent a year and a half as Daniels’ top assistant. He was kicked up to the top of the front office once ownership dismissed Daniels, and Young saw a bump in title from GM to president of baseball ops. The 43-year-old said today he’s not yet decided whether the team will look for a new GM to play a similar role that he’d served under Daniels (via Levi Weaver of the Athletic).