The San Diego Padres will reportedly fire manager Jayce Tingler after a disappointing 2021 season in which the franchise missed the 2021 playoffs, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Tingler led the Padres into the postseason during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, but that wasn’t enough to keep his job safe as San Diego was eliminated from the postseason on September 25 with a 10-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The Padres went into the 2021 season expecting to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West, but it was the San Francisco Giants who rose to the challenge and took the division lead for much of the second half of the season. held the season.
Padres general manager AJ Preller acquired Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Keone Kela, Blake Snell and Ha-Seong Kim during the off-season in hopes of making a deep playoff run, but those moves ultimately paid off.
However, it would be wrong to blame Tingler for everything.
Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. struggled with a shoulder injury all season. Snell, Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet all missed time due to injury, and catcher position faltered when Luis Campusano and Victor Caratini both ended with negative WAR.
Tingler is 115-105 in his two seasons with the Padres. San Diego has two games left this season and will at least try to improve its record to 80-82. However, the Padres will face the Giants on Saturday and Sunday evening, so stopping the NL West division leaders won’t be easy.
It’s unclear who the Padres can target as their next manager. But whoever fills the role has high expectations going into the 2022 season.