The Astros have been granted permission to interview Phil Nevin for their open manager position. Nevin was the No. 1 overall pick of the Astros in the 1992 draft. He is currently the manager of the DIamondbacks Triple-A team, Reno Aces.
Baseball source confirms the Astros have permission to interview Phil Nevin for their managerial post. He's managing at Triple-A Reno.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 25, 2014
Nevin played 18 games with the Astros before being traded to the Tigers in 1995. The former Astros would go to play for the Angels, Padres, Cubs, Rangers, and Twins - amassing a .270 batting average with 208 home runs and 743 RBIs. Nevin retired in 2007, and started his coaching endeavors in coaching in the the independent Golden Baseball League in 2009. He was hired to manage the Tigers' Double-A affiliate Erie SeaWolves in 2010, and prompted to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens the next season. Nevin was removed from his duties as a Mud Hens manager in 2013, and he moved on to Reno this season. The Aces won the Northern division of the Pacific Coast League with a record of 81-63.
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart points out that Nevin can bring a unique perspective to players as he has had emotional and physical struggles to deal throughout his career -
Nevin admitted he wished he would have listened and learned from Astros players Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell when he came up to the big leagues. Nevin's maturity problems, which included anger outbursts and run-ins with Astros management, played a part in his being dealt to the Tigers.
The former Astros No.1 overall pick joins a group of playoff-bound bench coaches that are being considered for the job. Current skipper Tom Lawless will be interviewed on Saturday for the position.