FEBRUARY 20: Jayce Tingler #32 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait on photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

BREAKING NEWS: Padres reportedly hire Jayce Tingler

Tingler has been a coach with Rangers

Ben Higgins
October 24, 2019 - 7:34 am
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Despite placing a premium on experience in their search for a new manager, the San Diego Padres ultimately went a different direction, reportedly hiring the relatively unknown Jayce Tingler to replace Andy Green, who was fired after four losing seasons at Petco Park.

Like Green, Tingler is a first-time MLB manager with only limited coaching experience in a big league dugout, having served as a field coordinator and interim bench coach for the Texas Rangers.

One thing Tingler does appear to possess is the faith of Padres general manager A.J. Preller. The duo worked together while Preller was a scout and assistant GM with the Rangers. The 38-year-old has been praised around baseball for his player development and communication skills. Tingler is fluent in Spanish, which was also considered a plus by the Padres, who have invested heavily in talent from Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Still, the move is viewed as somewhat as a surprise for a franchise that is looking to end a playoff drought that stretches back to 2006. Tingler becomes the second-youngest manager in baseball, next to the Twins' Rocco Baldelli.