Padres choose Green as manager

Padres new manager Andy Green (right) holds up his jersey as general manager A.J. Preller looks on during a press conference. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Raiding the coaching staff of a division rival, the San Diego Padres hired Andy Green as their new manager Thursday.

Green spent the 2015 season as third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is will be his first stint as a major league manager, but he was a minor league manager for four seasons and compiled a 219-189 record before spending the past season with the Diamondbacks.

“I’m thrilled to be sitting in this seat right now,” Green said at a San Diego press conference Thursday afternoon. “To have the opportunity to manage the San Diego Padres going forward, to work with our staff to lead this organization to a place we all want to get — a team to be celebrated at the end of the year. That’s where my heartbeat is, that’s where my passion is, and I couldn’t be more proud to be sitting in this seat right now.”

General manager A.J. Preller said, “Andy has the combination of intelligence and feel for the game that we are looking for to lead this team. As a player, he displayed a strong work ethic and even stronger passion, earning everything he achieved. That passion has carried over into his managerial and major league coaching career. We are excited to welcome him to the Padres family and look forward to the success he will help bring to San Diego.”

Green, 38, was selected over former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield.

He played parts of four major league seasons with the Diamondbacks and New York Mets, batting .200 in 230 career at-bats.

The Padres went 74-88 last season and fired manager Bud Black after 65 games. Interim manager Pat Murphy was also let go after the season.

 

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