The San Diego Padres 2015 season was not a success on the field. The Padres were to contend in the very tough National League West, but in the end they failed to even reach the .500 mark. Bud Black was fired after a slow start and interim manager Pat Murphy was also let go after the season.

The team is in search of a new leader and a new voice for the future, and it appears the team is close to making a decision. Both Ron Gardenhire and Rick Sofield have both been labeled as favorites for landing the Padres managerial job.

Major League Baseball discourages clubs to make major announcements during the World Series. However Thursday is an off-day, as is Monday. There are reports the Padres could announce their decision on either of those days. Stay tuned.

Gardenhire is clearly the more experienced of the two as he has 1,068 career wins as a manager in the big leagues. He led the Twins to six division titles in his first nine years as manager, but had some very rough years in the end of his tenure. He was fired after the 2014 season.

Gardenhire brings a small ball approach to the game and is known for his calm personality. The 2010 AL Manager of the Year has been interviewed twice by the team and he could bring his old coaching staff with him to San Diego. Rick Anderson, Terry Steinbach and Scott Ullger all worked with Gardenhire in Minnesota.

The dark horse candidate is Rick Sofield from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The third base coach for the Pirates is described as having an energetic style. He has no previous managerial experience, and the fact his name has lasted this long in the process points positively to the type of baseball man he is. Sofield would have a ton of pressure if he were selected for the job. It’s not evident if he is prepared for all that is needed to be a successful Major League manager.

The Padres clearly need a new leader and they need him in place soon. The Padres have many different decisions to make within their roster and they could once again be active in the winter retooling their team for the 2016 season. The new skipper will surely want to have some input on the future of the Padres. Will it be Gardenhire? Will it be Sofield? Or will A.J. Preller once again throw everyone a curveball and hire someone who hasn’t even been linked to the job?

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James E. Clark

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