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Gardenhire, Sofield Receive Second Interviews for Padres Managerial Opening 

The San Diego Padres wrapped up their 2015 season on October 4th, finishing with a 74-88 record. Later that day, the Padres announced that interim manager Pat Murphy was dismissed from his duties. With a search for a new manager comes much speculation. Here, however, is not a list of speculations, but instead a list of managerial candidates that the Padres have actually reached out to and are scheduled interview if they have not already:

  • Andy Green (Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach)
  • Rick Sofield (Pittsburgh Pirates third-base coach)
    • **update: Sofield had a second interview (link)
  • Scott Servais (Los Angeles Angels assistant general manager) – no confirmation Servais has interviewed or will, but it is expected
    • **update: at the end of the Phil Nevin link, it mentions that Servais has interviewed
      • **updated update: Servais was hired as the Seattle Mariners’ new manager; therefore, he is out of the running
  • Ron Gardenhire (former Minnesota Twins manager)
    • **update: Gardenhire had a second interview for the job (link)
  • Alex Cora (former player and ESPN baseball analyst)
  • Phil Nevin (former Padres first-baseman and current Diamondbacks Triple-A manager)
  • Moises Alou (former major-league outfielder for 19 seasons)
  • Tom Gordon (former major-league pitcher for 21 seasons, and father of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon and Twins shortstop prospect Nick Gordon)


According to beat writer Corey Brock, General Manager A.J. Preller and the Padres have trimmed down the number of candidates for their managerial opening while also recently interviewing “guys who were involved in the postseason.”



About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.