11:01AM: The Padres have hired Rob Marcello as the new pitching development coordinator, according to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin (via Twitter). Marcello has spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate
8:18AM: After Ron Washington was initially linked to the Padres’ managerial search, reports from last week suggested that the Padres weren’t planning to interview the Atlanta third base coach. However, “Washington remains a possibility,” according to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, considering that the club has yet to make a hire as we approach November.
The Braves’ extended postseason run could be the reason for the delay, as the Padres have been forced to wait on Washington while other known candidates (such as Luis Rojas, Mike Shildt and Ozzie Guillen) were more immediately available for interviews. It doesn’t seem like San Diego is on the verge of a hire, as Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller told Acee and other reporters that the team may not have their new manager in place for the start of the GM Meetings on November 8, which was Preller’s initial target date.
We now know the World Series will go at least five games, and thus through October 31. November 3 is the scheduled date for a potential Game 7, so it could be another week before Washington is free to speak with the Padres. (Or, conceivably, with the Mets about their managerial vacancy, though New York would likely first want to complete their PBO/GM search before turning to the manager job.)
Should another candidate wow the Padres in the interim, Washington could be out of luck. But a source tells Acee that the Padres aren’t rushing to speak with Washington since he is already a known quantity — after all, Washington was a finalist for San Diego’s last managerial opening, as the Padres opted for Jayce Tingler over Washington in October 2019. One interesting suggestion is the idea that another candidate (Rojas is mentioned for this possibility) could wind up as the bench coach on Washington’s staff.
In other coaching news, Preller said that interim pitching coach Ben Fritz will return to the team in 2022 and resume his former duties as bullpen coach. Fritz was promoted to the pitching coach job in August when Larry Rothschild was fired, and San Diego now has a new full-time pitching coach in the newly-hired Ruben Niebla.
The Padres have also made two more organizational changes, as The Athletic’s Dennis Lin (Twitter links) was among those to report that the team parted ways with pitching development coordinator Steve Lyons and strength and conditioning director Dan Byrne. Lyons and Byrne had both been with the Padres since 2013, making them the latest long-time employees to depart in recent weeks as the club has undergone something of a minor shakeup. As reported last month, farm director Sam Geaney and coordinator of advance scouting Preston Mattingly also won’t be back in 2022. Interestingly, Lin notes that the Padres seemingly decided to replace Lyons before Niebla was hired, though Niebla and Lyons previously worked together in the Guardians organization.
Will say this Mark…….
There are a lot of similarities in how the Padres and Mets run things……
The commonalities include ego at the top with a disrespect for how hard the game is; pandering to immature players that undercut anyone trying to instill discipline onto the team; playing favorites as opposed to treating all players equally; and both getting eaten up by opposing FO’s in trades and with agents in contract negotiations.
I don’t see how either the Mets or Padres management is doing that
“There are a lot of similarities in how the Padres and Mets ruin things…”
Fixed it for ya!
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
As it stands now, we all report to Washington
The Cleveland Baseball Team is being sued by The Cleveland Guardians, a roller derby team, for trademark infringement. They’ve been selling merchandise since 2014 and have been trademarked since 2017. The baseball team tried to trademark their brand in Mauritius, allegedly in the hope that no one would notice until after it was done.
Faith in the Padres
Trade marking Cleveland Spiders.
Old man Dolan runs a law firm and they end up embarrassing themselves like this.
Mauritius! Lovely place. Have you ever seen it? I have a good friend from there.
@bham, is that true? Honest question. How in the world is the “Cleveland baseball team” dumb enough to pick a name that is already trademarked??? Oh my…..
Dr. Chim Richalds
For the simple reason that the Guardians might be the worst name in sports by a wide margin, I’m hoping this roller derby team’s attorney is good. Sadly, he represents a roller derby team, so the Indians will probably win in court.
The Mets "Missed WAR"
My guess is they just settle. The base team will pay what the roller derby team considers a lot of money for the name. It is roller derby after all. They’ll probably make more money off the suit than their entire roller derby organization has made in its existence.
Washington interviewed for Mets pobo position but declined
Third base coach is a better job than the Mets manager. They will do the same thing they do every off-season. Spend a bunch of money on some big name players and finish behind the Braves, Phillies, and possibly the Nats. If they would just commit to a full rebuild like the Braves, Padres, Astros, etc they could be a great team in 3 years.
Heeee heee heee haha haha haha haha hooo hooo hooo. There u go
As with any institution/business, you know you’re in trouble when the easy decisions are botched. Hire Ron Washington.
Would hate to lose Wash, got a good thing going in the A. Dude does deserve another manager shot though.
Many potential Managers coaching for teams that were involved in playoff baseball were interviewed for those positions on scheduled off days. Preller is such a meddler, I don’t see any old school candidate willing to take this job. We are seeing the same scenario with the Mets where many viable candidates have withdrawn their names because of the toxic situation in New York. Got to have everyone pulling together to have a positive outcome and that’s not happening with those two organizations.
Lol what a stupid take. Just listen to yourself. You actually think people are withdrawing their names from being an MLB manager because of Preller. Wow you must not have any brain cells to think logically. Try again but think harder why the Padres are being more selective for their managerial search and you probably get a better answer than this “oh, because no one wants to work with Preller. He controls everything” argument. Cmon man there are only 30 positions of manager in the MLB, you really think people are just going to reject those opportunities because of a GM? I feel stupid even trying to explain this to you.
You must be stupid YES they will.
Its very unlikely. And believe it or not, most teams have a GM that is very involved, so turning down one of only 30 jobs because of that doesn’t seem likely.
Now if there was more issues that the potential manager disagreed with, then that’s a different story
Lefebvre Pitch Guy
Good game last evening. As much as I dislike the Astros, I could watch the Braves lose all day long.
They did it more than any team to get to the World Series.
And yet, here we are.
Can’t wait to see what bozo they hire. Maybe they could get that meathead bouncer from the Jerry Springer show.
More telling is who they haven’t interviewed yet over at Petco…
I think this might have been the first article that referred to the fact that Ron Washington is still very busy. Washington himself might have a respect for his team that would preclude him from interviewing on off days.
Considering the stories of how Preller pulled Machado and Tatis out of infield drills while Dickerson was working with them, I think most baseball people see that as meddling and completely clueless about building team chemistry. On top of that, considering how many errors Tatis made, he could have used that extra work for his position.
Could it be that the front office will have hurt Tatis’s MVP chances?
Tatis is the MVP over Soto unless you believe the winner should be on a late-season contender, then it goes to Freeman, Riley or Goldie.
“You misspelled deGrom.”
DeGrom is the MVP over DeGrom unless you believe the winner should be on a late-season contender, then it goes to DeGrom, DeGrom or DeGrom.
Imo, it goes to Riley.
The Phillies didn’t make the playoffs but Harper was much better than Tatis in September and his overall numbers are certainly deserving of consideration for MVP along with Tatis and Soto
Harper is the MVP.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
As much as I like & respect Harper, he lost the MVP with his poor performance in that critical series vs the Braves.
Washington or Ozzie have my vote
This is simple. Imagine you make 10000 a month at a good job that you mostly like.
Someone offers you 15000 a month for a better job that you always wanted but your new boss will be a micromanager and blame you if he makes a mistake.
Would you take the job? While a large number would say no, the majority would say yes.
My picks: Schildt for manager, Rojas for bench coach. Washington is high risk, high reward. I would not consider Guillen in today’s world.
One thing that influences the decision is where the candidate is in their life’s journey. A younger man with less experience would leap at the chance, regardless of any restrictions placed on the job, Older, more experienced candidates will want more control over their situation.
Nope and neither would any one who has respect for themselves.If hired your hired to do the job to the best of your abilities not to listen to a GM that is clueless no matter how much money.Especially if you want a job later on.Why do you think the Mets can’t get anyone because they have an owner that is micromanaging everyday.
It is proven that the SD Fathers hire someone it makes no difference, because they will eventually fail! This is a jinxed loser franchise! You can solve the issue by changing you name!
Oh look, some salty illiterate sounds angry
A little salty.
Thank god I’ve been saying that for years. I’m old too.
Who knew the Swedish guitarist of Danger Danger was so into baseball?
Steve Garvey's Son
I had not thought of Danger Danger one single time since 1989. Here’s to another 32 years of the same.
Bochy is the obvious choice.
However, that would require firing Preller (a great idea).
Bochy won’t work with a micromanaging Preller
who makes bad trades, strips the farm system,’
gathers as many old veteran, declining players as he can find.
Astros reliever Phil Maton pitching in the World Series
another Padres drafted player wasted and given away for practically nothing
(International bonus money).
I’m not sure what your claim of micromanaging is based upon.
Local radio hosts have covered it repeatedly… Seems it’s been going on for a while.
There are some unpaid interns in the ticket office Preller is going to fire. He’s running out of people to blame for his pathetic incompetence……..
Biggest dumpster fire of an organization Padres, Rockies or Mets?
Mets by FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR
Dr. Chim Richalds
While the other’s have definitely been a mess this year, the Rockies are the same movie, year in and year out. Inept management, the redundant promoting from within that never gets them anywhere, and the lack of quality pitching for……well pretty much their entire existence frankly, makes them just awful, My vote is B, Colorado Rockies……but the weed is good in Colorado so there’s that.
Lefebvre Pitch Guy
Hey, give the Dbacks their due! They’re as close as any team in MLB to being ‘the dirtiest toilet in Glasgow’, buried in a dumpster fire, and wrapped in a shotshiw.
Padres need to Bring Bochy Back
Bochy himself said that it was a hiatus and that he would like to be back on the bench. Maybe you should actually listen to what the man himself said.
Why do you keep repeating Bochy is retired? He has said publicly that he would consider the job if he is asked. Holy cow. Please stop, Mrs. Bochy. Let your husband do what he wants.
@prov356 Weak attempt at ad hominems. Try harder.
Of course, you don’t address the fact that you continue to repeat that Bochy is retired even when Bochy himself contradicts you.
Steve Garvey's Son
From a month ago:
“I’m going to keep saying no, same line you know,” Boch said. “I don’t think you rule out anything. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing.
“You never say never, but the rumblings are louder than what is actually happening, trust me. I’ve been enjoying myself, traveling around to see the teams the coaches and everybody. You just don’t know.”
Padres should hire Lou Piniella as their next manager!
Whoever becomes the Padres manager should hire his own staff. Same goes for the Mets.
I used to think that the Mets were the worst run organization in baseball. I was wrong.
Some folks assume that Preller misfired when he didn’t hire Washington over Tingler. Or, they assume that since he didn’t hire Washington last time, and that he KNOWS the Rangers organization and Washington pretty well, that Washington is off Preller’s short list. In fact, there was enough baggage with Washington that although the Padres owners (and lawyers) would not nix a move by Preller, they might have given him “gentle guidance” advising against Washington. Preller may have always thought Washington was a guy who could have put the Padres over the top. We honestly just don’t know. We DO know that the Braves are in the W.S., and that no GM is going to ask to interview a coach on a W.S. team staff, not only due to tradition and decorum, but because the other team is going to slap him silly, release the faux pas to the press, and hang up the phone.
So, pretty certain Washington gets an interview, and is reasonably in play for the job. I also think that (a) Preller WILL offer Bochy an interview, if nothing else, due to owner interest and the courtesy Boch has earned, and (b) Boch may or may not be interested in the interview and/or job. (Or, they may simply meet over dinner at Ruth Chris Steak House, where many of Preller’s informal meetings have been in the past, showing due respect for each other. Hey, these guys are professions; forget the speculation about petty differences.)
Anyhow, I think both Bochy and Washington will talk with Preller (with perhaps surprising 3rd parties included, e.g. Tim Flannery?). As far as predictions, I don’t have a clue, other than I’m about 90% convinced with won’t be someone younger without the resume, e.g. Andy Green or Tingler types). Aside from what the Padres need to pull together and lead this particular team, Preller just can’t risk inexperience at this point in the team’s – now stalled – development.
Prsr Flannery burned that bridge a while ago
Boch gets who Bochy wants. If including Flan in an attempt to get Boch to a meeting makes that happen, then no bridge is ever burned.
1. What Bochy wants is to enjoy his retirement.
2. That would require Flan being interested which, if his comments from Feb 2016 are any indication, they aren’t.
Flannery has issues forget him
As a Braves fan, why would anyone want Ron Washington as their head coach? I mean he’s like 80 years old, and on more than one occasion he has been way too aggressive sending people to the plate. When it works out, great, but when it doesn’t it really makes his decision-making process look spotty. However, what does being a 3rd base coach have anything to do with running a ball club? The players love him so I’d hate to see him leave, but even I wouldn’t want him as our head coach.
Dr. Chim Richalds
Baseball teams don’t have head coaches champ.
Lefebvre Pitch Guy
“…have head coaches, champ.” Watch your commas. Good grammar and punctuation are a must when verbally pimp slapping another.
Bring back C Fred Kendall as Mgr and Cito Gaston GM
Johnny Grubb as hitting coach. Strom would be nice but he has a pretty good job.
Doesn’t make sense to hire a new pitching coach before a manager is named. You’d think the new manager would want to have some say, about who his coaches would be. That is if the FO is letting everyone know that they don’t care what the manager thinks or wants. Smells like a fishy organization.
Bob Melvin to the Padres.
That will get some attention.
Why the flip is this a mariners articles