That seems to be the difference between the new Chris Young regime and the old Jon Daniels regime. Young’s first major hire since taking over for the fired Jon Daniels was a manager. Unlike Daniels who gravitated to inexperience, first-time managers with all three he hired—Ron Washington, Jeff Banister, and Chris Woodward—Chris Young went the opposite direction and brought in a future Hall-of-Famer in Bruce Bochy.
Whereas Daniels seemed to have a need to be the smartest guy in the room and surrounded himself with yes-men and managers who were too green to push back, Young has the self-assured confidence to bring on proven leaders.
He continued that pattern with the hiring of Mike Maddux as pitching coach and Dayton Moore as a senior advisor of baseball operations. Both men come with impressive resumés.
Maddux, of course, is the most success pitching coach the Rangers had, guiding the pitching staff from 2009 to 2015, including the two World Series years. He guided the Washington Nationals staff to a World Series win, and most recently was the pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. His return bodes well for the future of Rangers pitching. The present and past state of Rangers pitching has not been pretty.
Dayton Moore came from Kansas City, where he was the general manager during the Royals two World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, winning it all in 2015. Moore will work with Young and others in Rangers senior baseball leadership in evaluating, scouting, and player development.
Evaluating, scouting and player development. Three areas Jon Daniels was woefully inept in.
Let’s hope experience is about to overcome what arrogance wasn’t.