Source: Eric Young still candidate for Rockies managerial opening
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DENVER — FOX 31 Sports has learned that former Colorado Rockie Eric Young, Sr. is in the mix as a potential managerial candidate for the spot vacated by Jim Tracy this offseason.
A source confirmed that Young had a two-hour conversation with Bill Geivett, the Rockies’ senior vice president of major-league operations, last week. A variety of topics were discussed, according to the source, including managing the former second basemen’s son, Eric Young, Jr., who is currently an outfielder for the club.
Geivett and Young are expected to speak again this week, the source said.
Young, Sr. was a fan favorite during his four-year tenure with the Rockies. He famously hit a home run in the club’s very first at bat as a franchise in 1993. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Dodges in 1997.
Young was the first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.
Tracy resigned from his spot as club manager earlier this month, vacating the $1.4 million he was due to make in 2013 and saying he “wasn’t the right man for the job.” Tracy finished his three-plus year tenure with the Rockies with 294-308 (.488) record.
The team managed to avoid losing 100 games this past season, but still finished with a franchise-worst 64-98 record.
Walt Weiss has also reportedly interviewed for Tracy’s vacated spot. Weiss and Young Sr. comprised the Rockies middle infield for much of the 1990s.
Former Rockies Jason Giambi and Sandy Alomar, Jr. have also been named as potential candidates for the job.