The San Diego Padres had a disappointing year as they failed to make the MLB postseason even after making numerous acquisitions in the offseason and trade deadline. The manager position was vacant for approximately three weeks as the organization fired Jayce Tingler.
Everyone around the league was curious who the next manager would be as the franchise hasn’t had much success in hiring a viable candidate for the managerial position.
The San Diego Padres Shock the MLB
Bob Melvin certainly has a great reputation for being the most well-liked manager around the league, but this is a shocking development. Bob Melvin is set to be the new skipper for the Padres as the Oakland Athletics granted Melvin permission to interview for the job. The reason is, the A’s exercised his 2022 club option earlier in the year.
Many teams around the league have to be confused as numerous teams are looking for new managers for this upcoming season. The Padres needed a change in direction as it looked like the team was at least guaranteed a Wildcard spot through the mid-way point of the season.
Melvin has agreed to a three-year contract with the Padres and will end his eleven-year tenure with the Athletics. No compensation will be heading over to the A’s but it will be hard to replace someone with that resume.
The organization’s previous two hires were first-year managers with high ambitions. Andy Green and Jayce Tingler were in their mid-30s and were seen as a good fit as the team had many talented players on their roster and system. But the lack of experience was easy to spot out.
Melvin who turned sixty yesterday has won three American League West titles in his 11 years as Oakland manager. He also had experience working with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks in his eighteen-year career, and currently holds a record of 1,346-1,272. His tenure with the Athletics was a success while his Mariners and Diamondbacks ended in disappointment.
Before the surprising hire, the Padres expressed interest in interviewing the Atlanta Braves’ third base coach Ron Washington but decided not to wait as the Braves are competing in the World Series against the Houston Astros.
Will This Hiring Help the Team Live Up to Their Expectations
At this current moment, it is too early to tell if the hiring will make a difference prior to the Winter Meetings. The Padres have some things to clear up on their roster to keep or trade Eric Hosmer as it will cost a top-rated prospect or two to move that massive contract. However, this is definitely a good start.
Melvin took the Padres meeting as the Athletics will most likely slash the payroll for next season. Many executives believe that the team will be considering trading first baseman Matt Olson this offseason.
The Padres will inherit a talented team that is led by players like Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado. This team has a good mixture of talented young players and veterans.
Melvin should be able to fit right in as he was used to overachieving with a financially limited team. The Oakland A’s don’t have the money to keep their talented players long-term as they trade most of them for prospects. General Manager A.J. Preller has already hired pitching coach Ruben Niebla from Cleveland in the offseason.
If the team makes the right movies in the offseason, the Padres can live up to their expectations. Melvin and the rest of the organization can focus on chasing down the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers and make a potential World Series run.