SAN DIEGO — The Padres introduced their new manager and hinted about old uniform colours they’ll wear in 2020. It’s easy to predict which the team’s weary, patient fans are more excited about.
When Jayce Tingler was presented at a news conference on Thursday, he was wearing the club’s classic brown jersey, which is expected to return next season.
The 38-year-old is a first-time big league manager and takes over a team that last had a winning record in 2010. San Diego has not hired a manager with prior big league experience since Jack McKeon in 1988.
“I may not be perfect,” Tingler said of his lack of experience. “But I have managed a lot of games in my mind.”
Andy Green was fired Sept. 21 after going 274-366 in four seasons.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s relationship with Tingler dates to 2015 and their time together with the Texas Rangers.
“I think the easy thing to do sometimes when you make a decision and it doesn’t get the result you’re looking for is going 180 degrees in a different direction,” Preller said. “But we understood what we were looking for and type of person we were looking for.”
Ron Fowler, one of the Padres owners, said he thought the Padres “sucked” and were an “embarrassment” in during the season’s second half. They lost at least 90 games for the fourth straight year and finished 36 games behind the first-place Los Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys
in the NL West despite agreeing to a $300 million, 10-year contract with star infielder Manny Machado.
“We’ve got to win now,” Fowler said.
HOUSTON — When the Washington Nationals were down, Anthony Rendon made sure they were never out.
He was Mr. Clutch all October.
Houston starter Zack Greinke was cruising with a one-hit shutout and a 2-0 lead in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. It would be glib to say that’s exactly where Rendon and the Nats wanted to be, but the way their season turned out, why not?
Rendon stroked a changeup into the left-field Crawford Boxes for a solo home run with one out in the seventh inning, and Washington set off on its fifth, final and most famous comeback in an elimination game this year, a 6-2 victory over the Astros for its first title in the franchise’s 51 seasons.
“We had nothing else to lose when people had written us off,” Rendon said. “We were facing elimination games that people thought that we shouldn’t have been there in the first place. So we just kept on fighting and happened to come out on top.”
Rendon, a free-agent-to-be playing perhaps his final games for Washington, hit .276 (8 for 29) in the Series with two homers and eight RBIs.
The quiet third baseman hit when it mattered most: Rendon had three homers, three doubles and a walk from the sixth inning on in the Nationals’ five elimination games.
“His swing is nearly flawless. His zone control is tremendous. His defence has been lights out,” Astros manager AJ Hinch marveled. “I think because of his obscurity, a little bit behind the scenes. He’s not on these We Play Loud games or these things. He’s under the radar. And yet he’s one of the most impressive superstars in our game.”
After overcoming a 19-31 start to finish second in the NL East and reach the playoffs, Washington trailed Milwaukee 3-1 in the eighth inning of the wild-card game when Rendon walked and scored the go-ahead run as Juan Soto singled.
With the Nats trailing 3-0 in Game 5 of the Division Series, he doubled against Los Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys
right-hander Walker Buehler leading off the sixth inning, homered off Clayton Kershaw leading off the eighth, then doubled again and scored on Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam.
Rendon’s two-run homer off Will Harris extended the Nationals’ lead to 5-2 in the seventh inning of Game 6 against the Astros, and Rendon added a two-run double in the ninth off Chris Devenski, capping a five-RBI night as Washington overcame a 3-2 Series deficit.
His home run against Greinke made Rendon the first player to homer in three straight games when his team was facing elimination, according to STATS.
He had only plaudits for Greinke.
“He had kept us off balance for the first six, seven innings,” Rendon said. “I just happened to get a ball over the plate in the air.”
Washington manager Dave Martinez viewed the first run as the key to the comeback, the spark the Nationals needed. He paid Rendon the ultimate managerial compliment.
“You look at Rendon, who has no heartbeat,” Martinez said. “He’s just the same guy every day, every play, every second.”
Tingler became the career hits leader at the University of Missouri and was a minor league outfielder for four seasons, never rising above Double-A. He spent the past 14 years with the Rangers, managing in the Dominican Winter League, Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League. He also served as Texas’ minor league co-ordinator, assistant general manager and interim bench coach.
“Look I’m going to make mistakes and my guess is the players are going to make mistakes, so we already have common ground,” Tingler said. “The National League is going to be new to me and I’ll need to learn, need to grow.”
Tingler said not many managers in their initial job inherit a roster with talent such as Manny Machado, first baseman Eric Hosmer, closer Kirby Yates and an exciting young shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Needs include starting pitching.
“It’s a players’ game, and if you don’t have the talent it is very hard,” co-owner Peter Seidler said. “And this hiring is just one piece of the puzzle. But I’m completely confident we got the right guy.”
San Diego has never won a World Series.
“I’ve been around a lot of very good baseball men, and I’m maybe a little bit new school and a lot of bit old school,” Tingler said. “I’m just really interested in working with a staff that can build relationships with players, push players and get the best out of them. If we’re able to do that and double down on some of those fundamentals, we have a chance to be ultra-successful here. I cannot wait to be a part of a group that brings a championship to the city of San Diego.”
Notes: San Diego declined a $2.5 million option on RHP Adam Warren, who gets a $500,000 buyout, and a $2 million option on LHP Aaron Loup, who gets a $200,000 buyout. Both will become free agents.