It was announced bright and early yesterday morning that Padres Manager Andy Green was given a 3-year contract extension. Green’s record is 119-160 since becoming the Padres manager so they had to lock him up before another team tried to capitalize on his early success. If you’re a Green fan like the majority of San Diego’s media then you might think of him as a new age manager that is skilled in training the stars of tomorrow, nurturing personal relationships with his players and doing sabermetric type stuff on the field.
"Andy is invested in the development of our players at all levels, both as athletes and as people," Fowler said. "His managerial style is characterized by intelligence, preparation and integrity, and he has continually proven himself to be the right person to lead this young team. We look forward to him managing, motivating and teaching the many waves of talent that we know are on their way to San Diego."
Green has also received some criticism this year for the first time. There were questions as to whether he lost the clubhouse, a charge he denied, by failing to plunk Rizzo after a dirty slide. He also was literally pushed around by Dodger Manager Dave Roberts in a scuffle on the field. For these actions he was deemed soft by some. I’m still trying to get the soft nickname “Cotton Andy” to stick. I wish there was still time to put this on the back of his jersey for Player’s Weekend. Not that he’d ever wear a Padres jersey anyway.
Wonder if Andy Green will get a jersey now that he has an extension or he'll have to keep wearing that warm-up shirt every game?— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) August 13, 2017
There’s also been some questionable baseball moves. Why would he replace a pitcher in the middle of an at bat? Or risk putting in his best reliever without properly warming him up? Well, he’ll tell you it’s because he’s outside the box thinker. I’d disagree.
In any case, ownership likes the direction of the club so Preller’s extension is probably forthcoming. Hopefully you like what you’ve seen from ownership and management because we’ve got more of the same on the way for the foreseeable future.
AJ under contract though ’18. Not unusual to extend mgr past GM. Organizational decision not just AJ’s. AJ extension soon wouldn’t surprise.— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) August 13, 2017
Do you like the move? Me either.
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