Jayce Tingler is no longer the San Diego Padres’ manager. The team made a decision to fire Tingler on Wednesday, just days after the Padres wrapped up their 2021 regular MLB season with a disappointing 79-83 record.
The Padres confirmed the move via press release in which they thanked Tingler for his contributions to the franchise. The release also stated that Tingler would get a chance to remain with the franchise in a different role.
Speaking about the decision to fire Tingler, the Padres general manager A.J. Preller told reporters that the team felt they needed to make a change so their talented roster could live up to its potential.
“Ultimately, I felt like this was a change we needed to make in order to get us on that big stage,” Preller said via ESPN. “We feel like we have a talented roster and we have a team that should play into October. The decision today reflects that.”
Jayce Tingler leaves the San Diego Padres after spending just two years on the job. He started his time with the franchise in an impressive way, ending the Padres’ 13-year postseason drought and finishing second in the voting for NL Manager of the Year. But the 2021 campaign proved a lot more challenging and included an inexplicable meltdown in September that caused the team to miss the playoffs.
There are no indications where the Padres are going with their managerial search, but they are expected to hire someone with extensive experience in the majors. Both Tingler and his predecessor Andy Green had no managerial experience in the majors before being hired by the Padres.