It’s been a little more than a week since the Padres fired Jayce Tingler as manager and told his coaches they were free to interview elsewhere. Let’s do a mailbag about an offseason that figures to bring major change.
Note: Submitted questions have been edited for clarity and length.
It seems to me that one of the biggest disconnects could’ve been caused by the coaching staff’s structure or hierarchy — an inexperienced manager at the top in Jayce Tingler with a bunch of veteran coaches below him. It’s like whatever message the front office was passing along only got to Tingler. Any validity to this, and will this be kept in mind when the next manager and staff is constructed? — Russell B.
This is a good observation, one that people around the team have made.
First, Tingler had limited say in terms of assembling his coaching staff. He was in all of the interviews, but many of these interviews included several other Padres employees. Except for Wayne Kirby, Tingler had not previously worked with any of his coaches. Kirby and Bobby Dickerson were hired in large part because of their familiarity with Manny Machado, whom Tingler had never managed. The one hire that appeared to be wholly Tingler’s call was bullpen catcher Brad Flanders, and Flanders, one of his longtime friends, did not join the staff until after the 2020 season. A number of the coaches, including Kirby, Dickerson and Larry Rothschild, came in with years of major-league coaching experience and strong convictions.
Meanwhile, Tingler arrived with relatively minimal major-league experience and, in the view of some, little credibility. This ended up working against him, particularly as things started going south.
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