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Top 10 Padres Managers of All-Time 

Alright, for those of you that don’t know, last Wednesday, you the fans had an opportunity to win a vintage brown and orange Padres hat through The Friarhood Facebook page. In order to qualify for a chance to win, you had to follow three simple steps: like The Friarhood page, like the post, and then finally leave a comment about who your favorite Padres manager is of all-time.

You guys were awesome. We got 154 likes and 124 comments on that post. Now, there were a few answers that weren’t necessarily valid, but most of them were worth the laugh (except the Don Mattingly response #BeatLA).

Since the Padres have joined Major League Baseball  in 1969 as an expansion team, they have had 16 different managers. Ten of those managers received at least one vote from you all. So, without further or do, here is your Top Ten Padres Managers of All-Time:

10. Bob Skinner (1977)
Games: 1
Record: 1-0 (1.000)
Note: In 1976, Skinner was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego’s finest athletes both on and off the field. He is a native of La Jolla, CA, and currently is a scout for the Houston Astros.

Received 1% of the vote

9. Alvin Dark (1977)
Games: 113
Record: 48-65 (.425)
Note: He became the first NL shortstop to hit 20 home runs more than once. After leading the NL in putouts and double plays three times each, he ended his career with the seventh most double plays (933) and tenth highest fielding percentage (.960) in league history.

Received 1% of the vote

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8. Larry Bowa (1987-1988)
Games: 208
Record: 81-127 (.389)
Note: After graduating C. K. McClatchy High School, Bowa went to Sacramento City College where he started, and was expected to go in the MLB Draft, but didn’t. The Philadelphia Phillies were the only Major League team interested in Bowa. They sent a local scout, Eddie Bockman to watch Bowa play in a doubleheader, only for Bowa to be thrown out of the game for arguing.

Received 1% of the vote

7. Greg Riddoch (1990-1992)
Games: 394
Record: 200-194 (.508)
Note: He also served as a bench coach for the Padres, as third base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and as director of scouting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. He retired following a stint as manager for the Eugene Emeralds, a single-A team affiliated with the Padres.

Received 1% of the vote

6. Jim Riggleman (1992-1994)
Games: 291
Record: 112-179 (.385)
Note: Riggleman’s most recent major league coaching job was as manager of the Washington Nationals, a post he resigned from on June 23, 2011. He currently is manager of the Louisville Bats, a Class AAA team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.

Received 1% of the vote

5. Preston Gomez (1969-1972)
Games: 496
Record: 180-316 (.363)
Note: On two occasions, Gómez used a pinch-hitter for pitchers who had pitched no-hitters through eight innings. He did this on July 21, 1970, with the Padres’ Clay Kirby and on September 4, 1974, with the Astros’ Don Wilson. Both pitchers were losing their respective games at the time they were pulled.

Received 4% of the vote

4. Jack McKeon (1988-1990)
Games: 357
Record: 193-164 (.541)
Note: When he took over as manager of the Florida Marlins in 2011 at age 80, he became the second oldest manager in major league history, behind only Connie Mack.

Received 4% of the vote

3. Jerry Coleman (1980)
Games: 163
Record: 73-89 (.451)
Note: Coleman was named Rookie of the Year in 1949 by Associated Press while playing for the New York Yankees. He was also an All-Star in 1950 and later that year was named the World Series Most Valuable Player. His Yankees teams appeared in six World Series in his career, winning four times.

Received 7% of the vote

2. Bud Black (2007-present)
Games: 973
Record: 464-509 (.477)
Note: Black was the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals during the famous George Brett pine tar incident, and was the pitcher that gave up Reggie Jackson‘s 500th career home run. As the Anaheim Angels pitching coach, Black won a World Series ring in 2002 against the San Francisco Giants. And as the Padres skipper in 2010, he was named the NL Manager of the Year.

Received 16% of the vote

1. Bruce Bochy (1995-2006)
Games: 1,926
Record: 951-975 (.494)
Note: Bochy is the only former Padres player to serve as the team’s manager. He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. He is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010).

Received 63% of the vote

*I would like to thank my good friend Wikipedia for providing me with most of hopefully interesting tidbits about each manager



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.