Jayce Tingler fired as director of baseball for the San Diego Padres – NBC 7 San Diego
Coming out of spring training, the Padres were supposed to be the spearheads for a playoff spot. They had one of the most talented rosters in the game and were an improved version of the squad that last year won their first playoff series in 22 years.
In May, they had the best record in baseball. Then it all fell apart. San Diego has lost 34 of its last 50 games to end with a 79-83 record.
Whether justified or not, manager Jayce Tingler takes the blame for it all.
Tingler was removed from his leadership role on Wednesday, chief executive AJ Preller said, although Tingler was offered the option of remaining with the organization.
“Jayce has accomplished a lot in his two seasons with the Padres, leading our team through an unprecedented pandemic and into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years,” said Preller.
“It’s my ultimate responsibility to bring a product to the field that can meet these world championship aspirations. A big part of that responsibility for me is to hire a manager and staff who are able to execute the vision of the organization and who ultimately felt that this was a change we needed to make to get us on this big stage. “Said Preller at a press conference. conference after the announcement. “We feel like we have a talented team. We feel like we have a team that should play until October.
After sacking his second manager in 3 seasons, Preller told Wednesday’s press conference that ultimately it is he, and not the manager, who is responsible for the overall success of the Padres’ organization. .
“The responsibility for our baseball product and our team is on my shoulders, and the coaching staff and the manager is part of that. When you look at the progress of the last few seasons, I think with Jayce we have taken action. I think last year getting to the playoffs and winning a playoff series, this year when you look up and see the team leading the wildcard hunt for probably three quarters of the season, I think that these are significant steps, but I think the part of it that we need to do right, right now, is to have a coach here and a staff, and really all the baseball operations staff to. a place where we can win a world championship. “
When asked how important experience would be in hiring the Padres’ next manager, after two back-to-back rookie managers, Preller said: “There are a lot of different types of experience, experience. is always important. factors that we will be looking at, leadership, the guys who get players to perform. Ultimately, we will be looking at the best and the brightest over the next few weeks to get it right. “
Tingler issued a statement saying in part, “It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to lead the San Diego Padres and lead this group of men. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and grateful for them. tireless efforts of our players, coaches and support staff over the past two years.
Over the weekend, we heard several reports that Tingler was going to be fired and had lost clubhouse support. Some have gone so far as to suggest that the players have turned to Preller to ask for Tingler’s dismissal. Tingler approached these rumors in a way that makes his departure so confrontational – he may not be a very good manager, but he just seems like a really nice guy:
“I don’t think anyone has quit. I know there have been anonymous names. I think in the real world not everyone likes their boss,” Tingler said after Sunday’s loss. in the season finale in San Francisco. “But that being said, these guys… I think… played their asses. I won’t stop defending them. I won’t stop caring. When guys come out, they play stoned, they play hurt, they get there early to get on the pitch. They are doing everything in their power to play for their teammates. This is something that I will not back down and it is something that I will stand up for and support. “
Tingler has drawn major criticism for his in-game decision-making, use of the reliever pen and inconsistent strike orders. Part of the ever-changing rosters was due to the Padres being hit with a ridiculous number of injuries. The season started with Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, Chris Paddack and Adrian Morejon in the starting rotation. Only Musgrove was able to finish the season without landing on the injured list.
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Drew Pomeranz, one of the best left-handed relievers in the game, and Dinelson Lamet, who finished fourth in last year’s Cy Young Award ballot, also missed most of the season with elbow problems.
Aside from Fernando Tatis Jr. who missed 32 games (while posting MVP-caliber numbers), positional players were largely in good health and still managed to underperform considerably. An offense that should have been one of the best units in baseball often seemed listless. In that 16-34 streak to end the year, they were shut out eight times.
Add to that the fact that the Dodgers have lost Dustin May most of the season with a Tommy John operation and that (among others) Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Trevor Bauer have missed big chunks of the game. season but still managed to win 106 games and you see why Tingler is fired.
Now who takes over? The names you will hear most often are:
- Buck Showalter, three-time AHL Coach of the Year, who has a strong relationship with Manny Machado
- Bruce Bochy, three-time World Series winner with the Giants that led the Padres to the 1998 Fall Classic
- Ron Washington, former Rangers skipper who took Texas to back-to-back World Series in 2011 and 2012
These are obvious choices as all of them are proven and the Padres seem to need a man who, unlike Tingler, has experience leading a big league canoe. Preller will likely speak with several candidates who also don’t have MLB management experience, which matches the last two managers he hired (Tingler and Andy Green).
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