The San Diego Padres will soon announce Jayce Tingler as the new manager of the team, and the move is viewed as a gamble for the franchise.
With a lot on the line, A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres appear to be gambling on hiring Jayce Tingler as the new manager.
Ron Washington was also heavily considered, but the franchise chooses to go with a younger man who is relatively unknown. A surprising move, considering the failed attempt with Andy Green as the most recent manager of the Padres. Most assumed the team would choose a veteran skipper, but if there is one thing we know about Preller and the Padres- they often stray from the ordinary and think outside the box.
What Jayce Tingler brings to the table is a coach who is highly regarded in terms of player development. He has a vast history of working with players and assisting them in reaching their potential. The Rangers continually have talented young position players reach the Major Leagues and contribute. Tingler had a hand in that and is recognized for his efforts.
This is an excellent thing for the Padres as they have one of the youngest rosters in all of baseball.
There will be a dozen first and second-year players on the team in 2020 who are considered very raw. Cultivating their talent and getting the most out of them is vital for the team at this point. Jayce Tingler will be relied on heavily to do just this.
But can he manage a team and command respect?
This all remains to be seen. He has had minimal experience guiding a professional baseball team and also has only spent a few moments in uniform during a Major League game. This hire is a huge gamble, but there is nothing to say the young manager cannot enjoy success. He has led three different DSL Rangers teams first to place seasons and is currently leading the Leones del Escogido to a first-place start in the Dominican Winter League.
Jayce Tingler is a gutsy move by a general manager who has everything to lose. Preller did not play this hiring safe and went after his man. This could be a wonderful move for this franchise. A lot of Tingler’s success will come from his coaching staff. The Padres must do well to surround him with some experienced men who share his passion for the game.
Tingler is undoubtedly a gamble by the San Diego Padres. But sometimes you have to take a chance. Hopefully, when this is all said and done, the Padres aren’t left feeling Green again,