The San Diego Padres have been much quieter this time around regarding their manager search but a couple new tidbits have come out. Mike Schildt, the recently fired St. Louis Cardinals manager, interviewed with the club on Sunday after A.J. Preller and the front office spoke with former Mets skipper Luis Rojas.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the news on Monday:
Padres have interviewed Rojas, Shildt; close to hiring pitching coach https://t.co/ACScKseDkH— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) October 25, 2021
The Schildt interview was known already but it’s interesting that Rojas was on San Diego’s list. He lasted only two seasons as the Mets manager and it didn’t seem like he dealt with the media all that well, granted he was dealing with the toughest sports media market in the country. Rojas went 103-119 as the Mets skipper.
Rojas could get another interview with Preller because he was willing to go with the front office’s analytics while in Queens. Preller and the front office are into analytics and they have hired a couple people as the Padres manager who were seen initially as ‘yes men’. However, there were times where it looked like Rojas didn’t have a feel for the clubhouse in New York, as he didn’t even know why the players were doing the ‘thumbs down’ celebration in the second half of the season that led to plenty of fan outrage.
Acee reported that the Padres “have also discussed their pitching coach job with Ruben Niebla, who has spent the past 21 seasons in the Cleveland organization.” The Indians are known to be a pitching factory of sorts, as they’ve developed Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer, Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco, in the past.
San Diego hopes to retain Ben Fritz as well, who took over as the interim pitching coach following Jayce Tingler’s decision to fire Larry Rothschild in the middle of the season.