When news comes about after the fact, it might be interesting. It might make us wonder if we did not entirely understand the process of how we got to an end result. However, it does not matter any more than that to the eventual outcome…right?
So when Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies interviewed Eric Young (Sr.) and Steve Buechele (Rangers minor league coach) at some point in their search, it is nothing more than an interesting tidbit. Right?
The other possibility here is that the Rockies front office is not telling us everything. If that is the case, then we might have a dreaded “mystery candidate,” much like we have heard about “mystery teams” during certain recent free agency periods (see Pujols, Albert). That opens up the door for the Rockies to completely and utterly “bait and switch” us, as they say. While we focus on the group of four that was announced as the “finalists,” they might secretly be pursuing somebody else. That would mean that, after weeks of debating if Jason Giambi deserves a shot or if Matt Williams or Walt Weiss is a better fit, we would realize it was all a waste of energy when the Rockies made an announcement like this:
“The new manager is…Eric Young!” On social media, this would be known as #mysterycandidate.
Let’s presume for just a moment that there are mystery candidates and that there is at least a remote possibility the Rockies will shock the world sometime in the next couple weeks. Here is the one #mysterycandidate I would fully support:
“We know that you have all been waiting eagerly to hear who will be the next manager of the Colorado Rockies. So without further ado, we would like to announce that we have hired Glenallen Hill!”