In the wake of the collapse of the second half, which saw them pull out of the playoffs completely from the Contenders of the NL West, the San Diego Padres parted ways with manager Jayce Tingler.
Tingler led San Diego to the playoffs last season and finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting. The season began with an exciting youth team, including Fernando Tatis Jr., who finished first in the NL West by the end of May 30.
However, the Padres faded badly in August, and especially September, losing 34 of their last 46 games to finish with a 79–83 record, 11 games out of the NL’s second wild-card playoff spot.
“I have great respect for him as a coach, collaborator and friend,” Padres general manager AJ Preler said in a statement. “After much thought and consideration over the past several weeks, we realized a change was necessary to reach our championship potential at this time in San Diego.”
In his first managerial job in the major leagues, the 40-year-old Tingler had an overall record of 116–106 during his two years with San Diego.
“However, I am deeply disappointed that our season ended too soon,” Tingler said in a statement. “I know this team has a very bright future ahead.”
The Padres say they have been given the opportunity to remain with the organization.