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Bob Henley interviews with Padres

Nationals third base coach in running for open managerial seat

Divisional Series - Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

As of this morning, Joe Maddon has officially become the new manager of the Angels, meaning that SoCal’s other manager-seeking team is likely going to have to settle for the less “sexy” options.

Enter: Bob Henley.

As a longtime member of the Nats front office and coaching staff, Henley is probably best known for...well, actually, I suppose people don’t really know him for anything in particular. He’s Bob Henley. He’s currently the Nats third base coach.

The list of Padre managerial interviewees now includes Henley, Ron Washington, former Angels manager Brad Ausmus, Padres interim manager Rod Barajas, and Rangers employee Jayce Tingler.

We know that Carlos Beltran and Moises Alou both declined consideration, and early pipe dreams of Bruce Bochy were largely snuffed out when the Giants threw him the largest firing party we’ve ever seen on the last day of the 2019 season—putting him in a rather awkward position vis a vis immediate job openings.

Aside from Washington, no one in this group has managed in a World Series, bringing some to question whether this front office is attracting the highest level candidates for the opening.


How confident are you in this hiring search for the Padres new manager?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Completely Confident: This is a fine group of candidates, bringing experience, youth, diversity, and pedigree.
    (11 votes)
  • 23%
    Somewhat Confident: Some of the names are exciting, but there are a few I’m hoping we avoid.
    (112 votes)
  • 5%
    Ambivalent: Managing is overrated, anyway.
    (27 votes)
  • 42%
    Not Confident: I was really hoping for a ‘prestige’ name like Showalter or Maddon.
    (200 votes)
  • 25%
    Downright Pessimistic: This hiring search is another sign of FO ineptitude.
    (119 votes)
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