June 17, 2021

Braves Coach Eric Young Sr. Opts Out Of 2020 Season (MLB Trade Rumors)

Braves first base coach Eric Young Sr. has decided to step away from his role for the 2020 season, manager Brian Snitker told reporters (including Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).  Young is reportedly a higher-risk candidate for COVID-19, though as Burns notes, the team didn’t disclose the specifics of the 53-year-old Young’s health situation.

Young has been Atlanta’s first base coach for the last two seasons, and has six prior years of first base coaching experience with the Diamondbacks and Rockies before joining the Braves organization.  Of course, Young is probably best remembered for his 15-season playing career, which saw him rack up 465 steals (tied for 48th in baseball history) playing with seven different teams from 1992-2006.  Young’s son, Eric Jr., is also a ten-year MLB veteran.

It was a tough decision for [Young].  He’s a gamer,” Snitker said.  “We’ll miss him dearly because of what he brings inside this clubhouse, the energy.  He’s…

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