The SF Giants will likely reach out to the Texas Rangers regarding a familiar name soon. However, another coveted Rangers coach, Will Venable, plans to remain with Texas this winter according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.
One potential SF Giants manager candidate to remain with Rangers
Morosi notes that Venable is highly-regarded throughout the coaching cicles, having been contacted for multiple openings lately, but the former outfield has told those teams that he is staying with the Rangers.
It is always interesting when a young coach makes a choice like this and it could be read a few different ways. One way is that some of the potential openings such as the Giants or the Los Angeles Angels were not appealing destinations if they reached out.
I am not saying this to be the case for sure, but everyone knows that Giants team president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi runs through the 2024 season. The same is true for Angels general manager Perry Minasian.
Would a promising manager candidate want to burn maybe his only skipper opportunity to join a front office heading into a potential lame-duck season? That is certainly something that someone like Venable would need to consider.
On the other hand, Venable might just feel that he is not ready to take the next step. When Bruce Bochy was hired as the Rangers' next manager last winter, the nine-year veteran was one of his first major additions, making him an associate manager. There is no denying that working under someone like Bochy is a valuable learning experience and it is possible that Venable just wants to continue that for now.
There was no confirmation as to whether the Giants reached out to Venable for their open managerial vacancy. There are only four openings currently, and multiple teams were said to have contacted him, so it is the flip of the coin based on those numbers.
However, the 40-year-old has ties to the organization given that his father, Max Venable, spent his first five years with the Giants. Will grew up locally, having attended San Rafael High School in the late 1990's.
Of course, the Giants know him well from his days with the San Diego Padres. Venable finished his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, so it is likely that he and Zaidi crossed paths at some point. Familiarity is typically a factor when teams create a list of candidates in searching for a new manager.
This is all a moot point now that Venable has told teams that he will be remaining in Texas. The young coach is focused on getting the Rangers ready for the ALDS against the Houston Astros.