Rookie MLB manager Jayce Tingler must be given an experienced coaching staff by the San Diego Padres to succeed.
The Padres risked the future of the organization by bringing in a young manager for the 2020 season.
Most pundits assumed the team would bring in a veteran leader, especially after the failures during the Andy Green era. The Padres have never been one to do the norm in regard to running their franchise. They again surprised many with the hiring of Jayce Tingler, an unknown coach. The former Rangers’ employee comes with a reputation of being a communicator and one who gets the most out of his players. Player development is his forte, and that happens to be an area in which the Padres have traditionally suffered.
38-year-old Jayce Tingler is the Padres 20th manager in the history of the franchise, and he has perhaps the most pressure on his shoulders of any of the 19 men that came before him. The young team is built to contend, and it has been well over ten years since the fan base has tasted playoff baseball in America’s Finest City. The inexperience of Tingler must not be an issue as this team starts to gain national recognition.
If the team wants success from this young manager, they should surround him with an experienced coaching staff. The young leader needs to be mentored in a way as he has minimal experience at the Major League level. Sure, he has managed at the Rookie Ball level and in the Dominican Republic, but he has yet to endure the scrutiny that is sure to come from leading a Major League team.
A bench coach who is vastly experienced is a must for the Padres. It remains to be seen if Rod Barajas will return to the team in a coaching capacity for the 2020 season and beyond. The former Major League catcher was named interim manager late in the 2019 season after Andy Green was dismissed from the team. Jayce Tingler will have a lot to say about the new staff as well. After Thursday, once he is officially announced, a new staff should start to take shape.
It remains to be seen if Daren Balsley (with the team since 2003) and Glenn Hoffman (with the team since 2006) will return to the team. Both are veteran coaches who were present the last time the Padres made the playoffs. Each provides plenty to the team and having them come full circle with this rebuild would be a fantastic experience for them. Losing either would be a big loss for the franchise but not catastrophic.
The 2020 Padres are going to think outside the box. Jayce Tingler will bring some new ideas with him to his new job. The coaching staff might have some new faces, but hopefully, some of these new men provide veteran leadership to counteract all the fresh new concepts Tingler will bring with him to the field. A mixture of old school and new school is what results in wins in the standings. The Padres are showing they are not afraid to go the extra mile. Bringing in the correct coaching staff and surrounding Jayce Tingler with a group that complements him is something the team cannot take lightly.