Astros GM Dana Brown talks Braves managerial candidates

Ron Washington

The Braves coaching staff under Brian Snitker is filled with managerial candidates. Walt Weiss, Eric Young, and Ron Washington are the most notable.

Walt Weiss, Atlanta’s bench coach, has experience with the Rockies, spending four years as the top dog in Colorado. While Eric Young, the club’s first base coach, hasn’t held that title yet but is an energetic and deserving candidate. Ron Washington, however, is by far the most notable of the three.

The Braves third base coach and infield guru has been passed over for managerial positions in each of the last two offseasons, despite having more experience than most in the hiring pool

Washington previously spent time as the Texas Rangers manager from 2007-2014, leading them to the World Series in back-to-back years before retiring in 2014 for personal reasons. He has shown interest in the Astros’ open position following Dusty Baker’s retirement and most recently interviewed for the Angels’ gig.

Houston’s GM has ties to Washington and the Braves organization. Dana Brown spent four years in Atlanta as Alex Anthopoulos’ right-hand man before being hired by the Astros. Though one of the Braves coaches could be a candidate, Brown wouldn’t divulge.

“I don’t want to get into specifics and names, but I would just say that we’ve talked to a lot of people. Some of the people, I know well. And so we’ve gone through a lot of names, and a lot of the names, I know very well,” Brown stated.

But that doesn’t mean Wash, EY, and Weiss wouldn’t be great managers, which he pointed out.

“Yeah,” Brown said. “I mean, I think Wash did a heck of a job when he was in Texas – multiple postseason appearances. I think EY is a guy that, he’s got a ton of energy, he would be a ballplayer’s manager and I think that his energy will work well in a clubhouse.”

It’s only a matter of time before one of them is hired away, and Ron Washington could finally get his opportunity again as early as next year

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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