While the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins have hired themselves experienced, but recently fired managers in Bud Black and Don Mattingly, respectively, the San Diego Padres have gone in a different direction and have hired Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their new manager. Green reportedly beat out former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for the job.
Originally drafted by the D’Backs in 2000, Green spent parts of four seasons in the majors with Arizona and the New York Mets as a utility infielder. He also played baseball in Japan.
Green joined the D’Backs in 2012 as a minor league manager for their Single-A affiliate in Missoula, Montana and later their Double-AA affiliate in Mobile, Alabama before joing the D’Backs coaching staff in 2015. At 38, Green is the second youngest manager in MLB. Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays is five months younger than Green.
In 2015, the Padres dismissed Bud Black after nearly 8½ seasons in June when the Padres were 32-33 and replaced him with Pat Murphy who guided the team to a 42-54 record the rest of the way. It was a very disappointing year for a team that was active last off-season adding the likes of James Shields, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Will Myers. It remains to be if Green can work with veteran players the way he has with young players in the D’Backs system.