San Diego Padres: Preller’s job at risk with Tingler hiring

AJ Preller, San Diego Padres (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
AJ Preller, San Diego Padres (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /

The San Diego Padres now have a manager in Jayce Tingler, but as ownership warned this hire is a huge risk that could cost A.J. Preller his job.

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has finally got his guy. Jayce Tingler has been the guy that Preller has been pushing for ever since he fired Andy Green.

But he just hired a glorified version of Andy Green, which is a huge risk both for the organization and Preller himself.

Ownership, which included Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler, reportedly warned Preller that he would be held accountable for the hire if things don’t go the way that they planned for it to go, which means Preller could be out of a job.

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Fowler said before the hiring that “heads will roll” if he does not see a vast improvement in 2020, so you could say that there is no room for error with Preller’s decision.

Tingler is expected to be surrounded by experienced coaches, so he is going to have some resources in the dugout but he is still the one on the top step.

Tingler’s only managing experience is in the Dominican Republic, so a big question is how that will translate at the big league level.

Manny Machado was one of the veterans that made it a point to say that he wanted a veteran manager to be the team’s leader, as he recommended Buck Showalter as a candidate to replace Andy Green.

The one thing going for Tingler is that eight of the ten postseason teams were managers in their first managerial job.

Tingler will be the second-youngest manager in the game, behind the Minnesota Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli who led his club to the Division Series.

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That is where the San Diego Padres are trying to get to, so we will see if they can do it with the new manager of the Padres, Jayce Tingler.