Remember the Padres? They’re a talented team that took October off after struggling to a 79-83 record in a season where much, much more was expected of them. After a disappointing season, the club fired manager Jayce Tingler after two seasons at the helm.
Now, San Diego is on the hunt for a new skipper and the list of candidates is getting deep.
On Tuesday, the big revelation was that the Padres already interviewed former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen last week. The 57-year-old last managed in 2012 with the Marlins — his lone season with Miami. For 8 seasons prior, he led Chicago White Sox to a 678-617 record and a World Series title in 2005.
The Padres interviewed former White Sox and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen for San Diego’s managerial opening, sources tell me and @Ken_Rosenthal. The interview took place last week.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) October 26, 2021
Guillen would bring experience to a gig that has desperately lacked that over the last decade or so in San Diego.
Among other names floated around in rumors and reports are former Detroit and Anaheim manager (and former Dodger catcher) Brad Ausmus, recently dismissed Cardinals’ skipper Mike Shildt, and one-and-done Mets manager Luis Rojas who managed New York this past season.
Another name that was picked up in the rumor winds was former Angels manager and long-time Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia. The 62-year-old just came off managing team USA to a silver medal in the 2020 Olympics. Scioscia managed the Angels for 19 seasons, winning a World Series in Anaheim in 2002. He was also part of two Dodgers title teams as a player under the late, great Tommy Lasorda.
One thing is certain for San Diego and GM AJ Preller, he’s avoiding inexperience after hiring two first-time managers.