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Favorite emerges for Padres manager job

A San Diego Padres hat resting on a glove

Aug 8, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of an official San Diego Padres New Era on field hat against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres may not be looking too far to find their next manager. One internal candidate appears to be in the lead for the job.

Padres coach Mike Shildt is reportedly “seen by many as the favorite” to land the Padres’ vacant managerial post, Jon Heyman reports. Shildt was previously rumored to be one of four finalists for the role alongside Ryan Flaherty, Benji Gil, and Carlos Mendoza.

Shildt’s chances increased after one of his fellow finalists recently landed a job with another NL team.

Shildt spent time as the Padres’ third base coach and has served as the team’s senior advisor for player development.

The 55-year-old coach spent four seasons managing the St. Louis Cardinals before making the move to the Padres organization. Shildt had a 252-199 record managing the Cardinals from 2018-2021. He was named NL Manager of the Year in 2019 after St. Louis went 91-71 for the season.

The Padres’ previous manager Bob Melvin departed from the team last month to become the manager of the San Francisco Giants.

Melvin’s 2-year tenure in San Diego was tumultuous to say the least.

The Padres had a top-5 payroll in each of the last two seasons, but fell well short of expectations in 2023.

The team lost 4-1 in the 2022 NLCS. The Padres missed the playoffs entirely last season, finishing just barely above .500 with their 82-80 record.

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