The Texas Rangers have interviewed Tampa Bay field coordinator Rocco Baldelli and San Francisco player development executive David Bell for their vacant manager position, per the beat guys. Both reportedly interviewed on Monday.
This continues the trend of the Rangers looking for younger candidates rather than folks with past major league managerial experience. Baldelli, 37, with the sixth overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Rays, but had his career derailed due to injuries. Baldelli was a special assistant for the Rays from 2011-14, and has been on the major league coaching staff since Kevin Cash was hired as the teams manager after the 2014 season.
Bell, 46, is the son of former Ranger third baseman Buddy Bell. He spent 12 years in the majors, and after retiring, managed in the minors and was a major league coach before being named Vice President of player development for the Giants this past offseason.