The San Diego Padres need a new manager, and with that, there will probably be some new coaching changes this winter.
With a new era of San Diego Padres baseball about to start, expect to see some new faces at the helm.
Of course, there will be a new manager for the 2020 season. This new skipper will surely want to bring some coaches with him that embrace his style of play. The next few weeks will be exciting as the Padres’ franchise builds towards the 2020 season and hopes of being competitive.
Here is a look at the current coaching staff.
2019 Coaching Staff
Rod Barajas (Bench Coach-Interim Manager)
The Padres interim manager has not had much success yet with the team as the skipper. There is the thought that Barajas will be given a real shot at the job. He will probably interview for the job, but there seems to be the thought process that the Padres want an experienced manager. The former catcher did well as the bench coach and is hugely respected in the locker room. His future is cloudy, but he is currently in the locker room, and that does mean something.
Johnny Washington (Hitting Coach)
The team will likely look for another hitting coach, though they did make some progression this season with the bat. After finishing last in OBP for five straight seasons, the Padres have improved in the department. There are still great strides that must be made with this unit. Washington will probably be made the scapegoat for the failures of the team.
Damion Easley (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Along with Washington, Easley was in charge of the Padres hitters. The former infielder also worked with several players on defense. Easley wore several hats with the organization in 2019 and could be retained to some degree. It remains to be seen if the team will keep him as a hitting instructor.
Darren Balsley (Pitching Coach)
There is no doubt that Darren Balsley should be brought back for the 2020 season. The new manager must sign off on it, but with his track record of success, Balsley seems like a no-brainer to finally don a Padres’ brown uniform consistently. The veteran coach brings too much to the table to be allowed to leave.
Skip Schumaker (First Base Coach)
The Padres struggled in base running in 2019, and that could be a factor for Schumaker. There was plenty of speed on the team, but yet the stats do not tell that story. The team is currently 14th in the league despite having the youngest team in the league. Schumaker could be brought back, but improvements are needs on the base paths.
Glenn Hoffman (Third Base Coach)
Glenn Hoffman is entrenched at the third base coach position and like Balsley, will be given every opportunity to return in 2020. Hoffman is quiet and goes about his work in a manner that should be witnessed by the younger players. You never hear any news about the third base coach, and that is a good thing. He just does his job.
Doug Bochtler (Bullpen Coach)
Bochtler has done well working with the young pitchers this season as well as the mix of veterans that have circulated throughout the 2019 season. He is known to keep the group loose and will likely be retained unless he is offered a pitching coach job. One would think that is eventually is his future.
The new manager will make some changes. There is a chance of a complete overhaul of the coaching staff, but Balsley and Hoffman would be difficult to replace. A.J. Preller and his team will be busy after this weekend when the season comes to an end. Expect some coaches to be let go next week and also expect to see the Padres linked to a few managerial candidates as the search begins.