EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
Chris Young joined the Texas Rangers as Executive Vice President & General Manager on December 4, 2020. The 41-year-old Young is involved in all areas of Rangers baseball operations under the leadership of President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels, who had held the title of General Manager since October 2005.
A veteran of 13 Major League seasons as a right-handed pitcher with five clubs, Young is the ninth General Manager in Rangers history and joins Eddie Robinson (1976-82) and Tom Grieve (1984-94) as former MLB players to hold that position.
Young spent the previous three years working for Major League Baseball and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations in February 2020. In that role, he oversaw the On-Field Operations and Umpiring Departments and served as the League’s principal liaison to Major League managers regarding play on the field. He worked on the application of playing rules and regulations, on-field standards and discipline, pace of play and other special projects. That included working with MLB’s Competition Committee on initiatives and strategies for on-field rule changes. Young also had an active role in issues regarding player safety, on-field equipment, wearable technology and ballpark alterations.
He worked closely with the Rangers on baseball issues related to the construction of Globe Life Field and oversaw the on-field operations for the three rounds of 2020 MLB playoffs in Arlington last fall. Young originally joined Major League Baseball as Vice President in May 2018.
Young posted a 79-67 record with a 3.95 ERA in 271 games/221 starts with Texas (2004-05), San Diego (2006-10), New York Mets (2011-12), Seattle (2014), and Kansas City (2015-17). Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2000 MLB draft, he was traded to Montreal in December 2002 and then to Texas in April 2004. The right-hander made seven starts in his first Major League action in 2004 and was selected as the Rangers Rookie of the Year in 2005, leading the staff in starts (31) and strikeouts (137) and ranking second in wins (12) and innings (164.2).
Traded to San Diego in January 2006, he posted the National League’s lowest opponents’ batting average in both 2006 and 2007 and was a member of the 2007 N.L. All-Star Team. Hampered by injuries for much of the next six seasons, he matched his career high with 12 wins in 2014 at Seattle and was named as the A.L. Comeback Player of the Year by MLB and The Sporting News.
Young spent his final three Big League seasons with Kansas City, winning 11 games for the 2015 World Champion Royals. He pitched 15.2 innings throughout K.C.’s Postseason run, working 3.0 innings of hitless relief en route to the win in a 14-inning victory over the New York Mets in Game 1 of the World Series. In 2018, he went to Spring Training with San Diego but was released at the end of March and retired as an active player.
Rangers Manager Chris Woodward was on Seattle’s Major League coaching staff during Young’s time with the Mariners in 2014, and bench coach Don Wakamatsu held that position at Kansas City during all three of Young’s years with the Royals from 2015-17.
Young starred in both baseball and basketball over two seasons each at Princeton University, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors as a 6’10” center in basketball and a pitcher in baseball in 1999, the first male athlete in Ivy League history to win those honors in two sports. He was 9-1, 1.64 in his two years for the Tigers baseball team and finished with 801 points, 350 rebounds, and 142 blocked shots while starting all 60 basketball games from 1998-2000.
He graduated from Princeton in 2002 with a BA in politics after beginning his pro baseball career. Young wrote his senior thesis on the impact of the life of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson on racial stereotypes. He is a native of Dallas and a 1998 graduate of Highland Park High School, where he earned All-State honors in both basketball and baseball in his senior year.
Chris resides in Dallas with his wife, Liz, daughter Catherine, and sons Scott and Grant.