Jayce Tingler started off his Padres managerial tenure on a good note. He led the franchise to their first playoff appearance in 14 years in a shortened 2020 season. However, he wasn’t made for a full 162-game season, as San Diego failed to live up to expectations in Tingler’s first full season at the helm.
2021 ended up being Tingler’s one and only season at the helm, as he has been fired as manager of the San Diego Padres. There was speculation this past weekend that Tingler would be relieved of his duties after the season and it’s finally happening.
There’s no doubt Tingler had to deal with some unforeseen circumstances this season. Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Chris Paddack, Adrian Morejon, Dinelson Lamet, and Ryan Weathers all were on the IL at some point during the season. Drew Pomeranz, who entered the season as the eighth inning guy, also spent the majority of the year on the shelf. Those injuries made it extremely tough to manage a pitching staff.
However, one of the main reasons why Tingler was fired was because the players didn’t fully buy in to his messaging. There were reports during the last month of the season that painted Tingler in a very bad light, such as Kevin Acee’s article that revealed some players don’t believe Tingler commands the respect of the veterans in the clubhouse.
At the end of the day, it’s inexcusable for the Padres to be missing the postseason this year when they were projected to win over 90 games before Opening Day. You can’t fire all of the players so the manager has to go.
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