"Just to be considered one of the guys they thought of the possibility to lead your team with any organization is a tremendous honor," he said. "I was drafted by Houston and was there for my first few years, impressionable years in my professional career and it's always been a place that's special to me."
Nevin, currently the manager at Triple-A Reno in the D-backs' system, is considered managerial material in baseball circles. He's come a long way since early in his career with the Astros when he was known for some immature actions that ultimately led to him being traded.
"I open the paper and look at the box scores and my eyes still go right to the Houston stuff and always have," he said. "Being around it during Spring Training when I was with the Tigers the last four years and seeing the young talent they have there, they have a lot of extremely talented players, and I'm sure a lot of people would be intrigued at this opportunity."
Nevin, 43, played 12 years in the Major Leagues after being taken by the Astros with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 First-Year Player Draft. He was a bust with the Astros, but went on to have a solid career by hitting .270 with 208 homers and 743 RBIs with the Astros, Tigers, Angels, Padres, Rangers, Cubs and Twins.
Nevin appeared in just 18 games with Houston, which invested a lot of money and even more faith in taking the slugging third baseman from Cal State Fullerton. The Astros -- and four other teams -- passed up a lanky high school shortstop named Derek Jeter, whom the Yankees drafted with the No. 6 overall pick.
With the D-backs firing manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell on Friday, Nevin could wind up on the Arizona staff if he doesn't get a managerial job.
"There's only 30 of these jobs out there, the fact you're mentioned as a possibility makes you feel good," he said. "Eventually, it's what I want to do and I feel like it's something I'm ready to do."
Astros interim manager Tom Lawless will interview with general manager Jeff Luhnow on Saturday in New York for the full-time managerial position. Other names to have surfaced as candidates are A.J. Hinch, Dino Ebel, Torey Lovullo, Don Wakamatsu and Dave Martinez.