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A.J. Preller speaks to the media after firing Jayce Tingler

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A.J. Preller spoke to the media on Wednesday after firing Jayce Tingler

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San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller spoke with the media on Zoom after he announced the firing of manager Jayce Tingler. Preller will be undergoing his third managerial search and it’s clear he’s going to have to steer clear of unexperienced managers.

Here are some of the notable things Preller said during his presser this afternoon:

It’s unexpected for most of the coaching staff to stay with the major league team but Wayne Kirby might be the most probable coach to stay, as it seems like all of the players and fans love him. He also got Fernando Tatis Jr. ready to play the outfield in pretty short order in the middle of the season.

The list of qualities the next Padres manager needs to have are:

  • experience in consistently winning games as a big league skipper
  • control of a clubhouse
  • can deal with the media
  • isn’t a “yes” man to the front office

At least Preller is owning that it will be his fault if they don’t get the manager right and/or don’t make the right additions/subtractions to the roster.

It’s important to note that Preller didn’t answer the above question with a direct ‘yes’ or ‘no’. That leads us to believe the answer is ‘yes’.

The real work for Preller starts right now and we’ll have to wait and see if he takes a step in the right direction with his next managerial hire.