Texas Rangers’ Chris Young talks leadership, upcoming season to DRC members

By Matthew Berger, Director of Communications

Business leaders of the Dallas Region got an inside look at the Texas Rangers’ upcoming season and General Manager Chris Young’s leadership strategy Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Q1 Executive Circle event, presented by McKesson, at Globe Life Field.

In conversation with Chuck Morgan, the Rangers’ Executive Vice President of Ballpark Entertainment, Promotions, and Production, Young detailed the changes made to the team’s roster and front office and his efforts to rebuild the organization’s farm system and talent pipeline in the two years since he assumed his role. His ultimate goal? Bring a World Series championship title to Arlington.

“I am always forward thinking and looking at what we need to accomplish,” Young said. “There is not a more fulfilling feeling for me, a lifelong Texas Rangers fan, than to help the team win. We need to win a world championship and that is the goal. I promise you we are working toward that goal every day.”

A championship team requires strong leadership, something Young says comes down to just doing the best you can every day.

“Ultimately what leadership is creating an environment for people around me to be the best versions of themselves,” Young said. “It starts by hiring good people and surrounding yourself with good people. I want people who are smarter than me and challenge me to be better every day.”

In line with this philosophy, Young has added proven champions Bruce Bochy and Dayton Moore to the Rangers’ leadership team. New team manager Bochy is a three-time World Series-winning manager, and Moore, who’s serving the Rangers as a senior advisor, built the Kansas City Royals team that made back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014-2015. Young was on the pitching staff in 2015 when the Royals won it all.

On the field, Young added players like shortstops Corey Seager and Marcus Semien last offseason and landed the biggest pitching free agent in Rangers history, Jacob deGrom, in December.

“I can’t wait for fans to see [deGrom] opening day and for the next five years,” Young said.

McKesson’s Mike Garcia, Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy and Portfolio, introduced Young and Morgan following a brief of the work McKesson does. Garcia highlighted how McKesson uses data in every form to better optimize their current capabilities while driving foundational changes that will promote changes in health care. McKesson is the series sponsor for the 2023 Executive Circle events.

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