Michael Young will not be the Rangers’ next manager

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Dallas Morning News columnist Evan Grant has the story

The Rangers search for a new manager will not include Michael Young.

During a conversation with GM Jon Daniels Tuesday about the position, Young decided against pursuing the position.

Young clashed with Daniels during the end of his 13-year tenure as a player for the Rangers, but the two patched things up earlier this year at a wedding and Daniels told the media after Ron Washington’s sudden resignation that he had a “lot of respect for Michael” and would consider all options in his still-ongoing search for a replacement.

But, as Grant writes Tuesday, the 37-year-old Young has three young sons and wants to spend more time with his family than a major league managerial position would allow: “I’m honored to be considered for the position of Rangers’ manager,” Young told Grant. “I appreciate everything the Rangers organization has meant and done for me, my career, and my family.  Having said that, I recognize the immense time commitment a manger’s position requires, and at this point in my life, it’s not the right fit.  I retired to spend more time with my family and I’m enjoying this chapter in my life.”

Koji Uehara has retired

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Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.

Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.

Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.

Happy trails to an excellent reliever.