There is no doubt that San Diego Padres’ rookie manager Jayce Tingle will utilize his coaching staff heavily in 2020.
In his initial media scrum of the spring, one of the first things addressed by new San Diego Padres’ manager Jayce Tingler was the usage of his coaching staff.
Andy Green was known to be heavily involved in all aspects of the team. The former manager admitted that he often needed to relax and use his coaches, but he found that difficult to do from time to time. Perhaps that was his downfall in the end. The philosophy that Green implemented is no longer in play as the Jayce Tingler era has begun in San Diego.
Your first impression of Tingler is that he is straightforward. The man is a communicator, and he will get into a player’s heart when speaking to them.
The first-year manager also indicates that he needs to take it easy this spring and grow. There is a ton of enthusiasm with the 39-year-old, and he is attempting to contain himself to some degree. “Just checking myself of wanting to go full throttle. I have to step back and let guys work,” Tingler said Wednesday morning in Peoria. There is a lot of experience on the Padres’ current coaching staff. Larry Rothschild started coaching in 1986 and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge about the game. Wayne Kirby and Bobby Dickerson are both entering their 10th year of coaching in the major leagues. Then there is Glenn Hoffman, who has been on the Padres’ staff since 2006.
The Padres also have special advisors to the team like A.J. Ellis, Allen Craig, Ian Kinsler, and in and around camp who bring a different aspect to the game being that they just recently retired. Tingler referred to this trio as a group of coaches who bring a fresh perspective to the staff.
It is refreshing to hear that Tingler is not above growing as a manager. The sport of baseball is ever-evolving, and a skipper must change and mold himself to the subtle changes in the game. “I have to step back and talk about what we are going to do as a group,” Tingler said about his coaching staff and meeting with them. “I trust these coaches. I have a ton of confidence in the coaches,” Tingler stated with emphasis.
Some early talk in camp is that the Padres could be considering moving Fernando Tatis Jr. into the outfielder. The manager responded candidly in the media scrum. He states that Fernando Tatis Jr. will not play center field. “We have never, honestly, discussed Tatis being out there,” Tingler said in the morning. Tatis confirmed to reporters that the Padres had not told him anything about playing the position. The 21-year-old then proceeded to shag flyballs in right field, further fueling the speculation. At this time, this is all speculation. It is early in camp.