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Eric Young Sr. was a preliminary candidate for Rockies manager

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.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Preliminary candidates for the Colorado Rockies' managerial job included former Rox great Eric Young Sr., according to's Thomas Harding.

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.