Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Eric Young Sr., who spent the past two seasons as the Diamondbacks' first base coach, was reportedly one of a few preliminary candidates for the Rockies' managerial vacancy.
In addition to Young, who played in parts of five seasons for the Rockies during his 15-year MLB career, Rangers Double-A manager Steve Buechele was on Colorado's radar, along with former Mets and White Sox skipper Jerry Manuel and ex-Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
Young was a tremendous fan-favorite during his time with the Rockies, and is largely remembered for his home run in Colorado's first-ever home game on April 9, 1993. After a four-year stretch in which he hit .299/.382/.413 and garnered an All-Star selection, Young was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers midway through the 1997 season in a deal that brought Pedro Astacio to Denver. On Sept. 12, 2008, Young signed a 1-day contract with the Rockies and officially retired as a member of the team.
Young served as the Arizona Diamondbacks' first base coach for the past two years, but was relieved of his duties following the 2012 season.