The search for the next Padres manager is over. After nearly a month of interviews, Jayce Tingler will be handed the keys of the San Diego Padres dugout and will be tasked with completing a near-decade rebuild. He is currently managing for a winter ball team for Escogido in the Dominican Republic.
There was no shortage of candidates for what was an attractive position. From internal options like bench coach Rod Barajas to former Angels manager Brad Ausmus, AJ Preller had his possibilities and opted for the up-and-coming Tingler over the other two final candidates Ron Washington and Mark Loretta.
Tingler, while lacking the managerial experience of Washington, has all the tools to become a great manager. The 38-year-old has served a multitude of positions with Texas, ranging from interim bench coach to assistant general manager to minor league field coordinator. Tingler is well versed in analytics and fluent in Spanish, while his role as Major League Developmental Field Coordinator will serve him well with a younger team like the Padres. He is well regarded around the league for both his knowledge of the game and his work ethic.
Jayce Tingler has been hired as manager of the San Diego Padres, sources familiar with the decision tell ESPN.
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Tingler is well known by Preller, thanks to the two working together with Texas. Both have a similar philosophy in terms of player development and coaching staff, and it is well known that Preller has been pushing Tingler to the higher-ups of the Padres organization.
Preller now has his man, but once again, he will be turning to a first-time manager. Despite the history between the two, the last first-time manager for the Padres didn’t turn out so well. However, this doesn’t mean that every coach with little experience managing is Andy Green 2.0. Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins led his team to capture the AL Central. Aaron Boone and Dave Martinez of the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals, respectively, have guided their teams to the playoffs in just their second year of managing. AJ Hinch took the Astros to the ALDS in his first year on the job after the Astros beat the Yankees in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game.
Just because the men above had success doesn’t mean Tingler will, though. With Preller’s seat getting warmer and warmer, to say that he took a massive gamble in hiring Tingler is a vast understatement. The analytical Jayce Tingler has all the tools to succeed as a manager, but he will have to prove himself as the Padres open up their window of contention.