With a new manager on the horizon for the San Diego Padres, perhaps the team will consider Edgar Gonzalez as a coaching option.
While the MLB playoffs wind down, the search for a new manager in San Diego is still ongoing. Experienced names like Ron Washington and Mike Scioscia have been thrown in the mix along with newcomers like Rod Barajas and Jayce Tingler.
One name that has not been mentioned in the slightest is former Padres’ infielder Edgar Gonzalez, who played with the Friars in nearly 200 games from 2008-2009. Edgar lived in the shadow of his younger brother Adrian Gonzalez during his playing career but has built a respectable managerial career after his retirement.
The San Diego native managed the Mexico national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez worked with some very talented players like Roberto Osuna, Oliver Perez, Sergio Romo, Luis Urias and his brother Adrian.
Mexico finished with a 1-2 record in the 2017 WBC and didn’t make the championship round. However, Gonzalez’s team was in a very tough Pool D, which featured Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Gonzalez worked with a roster full of major league players and has continued his coaching career since then. The former infielder is currently managing the Gulf Coast League Yankees and seems to have the drive to keep on progressing in his coaching career.
At this point, the 41-year-old wouldn’t be considered a serious candidate for the managerial job in San Diego. But he is still someone that can, at the very least, be considered for a position on the new manager’s coaching staff.
With a new manager comes some new coaches, and it is uncertain if guys like Rod Barajas, Johnny Washington, Damion Easley, and Skip Schumaker will stay with the team. Someone like Edgar Gonzalez would be a good fit for this Padres’ staff as he brings a lot to the table.
The 41-year-old brings managerial experience at a high level like the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez is also fluent in Spanish, and this is something that the Padres might be looking for with the abundance of Latino players within the organization.
In terms of Mexican players alone, the Padres have Luis Urias, Andres Munoz, and Gerardo Reyes, who all played in the MLB this season. Urias would be the player that can benefit the most by having a guy like Gonzalez on the coaching staff as the San Diego native played as a middle infielder. This is enticing as Urias is yet to find his full potential and can use some guidance at the major league level. Will Gonzalez be given an opportunity by the Padres? Only time will tell, but he makes a great candidate.