The news we’ve been waiting for is here!
According to Dennis Lin and others, the San Diego Padres next manager has been decided. It’s Mike Shildt.
The Padres plan to announce Mike Shildt as their new manager today, sources tell The Athletic.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) November 21, 2023
The 55-year-old led the St. Louis Cardinals to three straight postseason appearances in each of his three full seasons as their manager, getting as far as the NLCS in 2019.
Shildt has been in the Padres organization for years now and is listed on the Padres website as a Player Development Consultant. He was key in helping Fernando Tatis Jr. transition from the infield to the outfield and was more involved with the big league club in 2023.
Phil Nevin, Benji Gil and Ryan Flaherty seemed to be the other candidates for the job but Shildt was probably the safest pick for A.J. Preller. He has prior managing success, has been in the organization and reportedly shares the same vision as Preller.
Nevin hadn’t been in the organization and didn’t make the postseason with the Los Angeles Angels. Gil has never managed at the big league level before. And Flaherty has only managed on an interim basis with the Padres.
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Title: Breaking: Padres hiring Mike Shildt as next manager
Author: Ben Fadden