Padres’ manager Andy Green has received a three-year contract extension, the club announced Sunday. The extension will take him through the 2021 season, bringing his tenure to a full six years since he joined the team in 2016.
It hasn’t been the smoothest path for San Diego’s skipper, who guided the Padres to a 68-94 record in 2016 and watched them struggle to a 51-65 mark entering Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. While they’re still in the thick of a lengthy rebuilding process, one that began well before Green was brought on board, the club could be ready to contend in the final years of Green’s new contract.
For Padres’ GM A.J. Preller, however, it’s Green’s managerial style that commands the most respect. He cited Green’s boldness and creativity, key components of his strategy despite occasionally leading to some less-than-ideal results. “Having Andy here and having people understand that he’s the guy that’s going to lead us, that’s really important,” the GM told reporters Sunday. “I think it sends a message to the industry, it sends a message to your team.”
First Wil Myers echoed the sentiment, calling Green one of the more intelligent minds in the game. “His knowledge of the game is very impressive,” Myers said prior to taking the field. “To be able to continue to play for a guy like that is very exciting.”
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.