Padres announce Smithville native Jayce Tingler as next manager

Smithville native Jayce Tingler, shown here throwing batting practice for the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium in 2015, has been hired to be the next San Diego Padres manager.

Jayce Tingler has been hired to become the next San Diego Padres manager, the organization officially announced Monday, Oct. 28.

The 38-year-old Tingler, a 1999 Smithville High School graduate, agreed to a three-year contract with the Padres, according to a press release. He is set to become the second youngest MLB manager.

“Jayce has extensive experience in virtually every aspect of coaching, player development and baseball operations, and our entire group believes that he’s the right person to lead our talented roster,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said in the release. “His multi-faceted skill set, combined with his ability to develop talent and help players reach their potential at the Major League level, were key factors in his selection as our manager. We are excited for Jayce to build upon the foundation we’ve laid in San Diego as we set our sights on October baseball.”

Tingler was informed on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 23 that he’d be named the next Padres manager, the Courier-Tribune learned on Thursday, Oct. 24. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the news that morning.

Tingler, the Warriors’ career leader in batting average, has spent the last 12 years in the Texas Rangers organization, serving in multiple coaching and executive roles after a four-year playing career in the minors.

He most recently served as an assistant general manager for the Rangers. Tingler was the team’s interim bench coach in 2018 after time as the field coordinator. He also has managing and instructional experience in the minor leagues and the Dominican Republic.

Tingler, also a former Missouri Tiger, will take over for Andy Green, who was fired Sept. 21 after nearly four years as the Padres skipper.

Tingler will be introduced at a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.

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