Gold Glove finalists announced

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Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia
AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre
AL, shortstop: Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy
AL, left field: Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Dirks, Alex Gordon
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Lorenzo Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury
AL, right field: Nick Markakis, Josh Reddick, Shane Victorino
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Doug Fister

NL, catcher: A.J. Ellis, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez, Anthony Rizzo
NL, second base: Darwin Barney, Mark Ellis, Brandon Phillips
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, David Wright
NL, shortstop: Ian Desmond, Andrelton Simmons, Troy Tulowitzki
NL, left field: Carlos Gonzalez, Starling Marte, Eric Young Jr.
NL, center field: Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Denard Span
NL, right field: Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra
NL, pitcher: Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright

On your mark. Get set. Complain!

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.