Ron Gardenhire’s agent has been making the rounds pitching the former Twins manager for various openings since midseason and he found a taker, as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres will interview Gardenhire to be the full-time replacement for Bud Black.
Gardenhire was fired after four consecutive 90-loss seasons in Minnesota, but previously won six AL Central titles from 2002-2010. Pat Murphy stepped in as the Padres’ interim manager following Black’s midseason dismissal, but was not retained.
While not much of an in-game tactition and about as far from “new-school” as a manager could be in 2015, he’s a well-respected veteran of 13 seasons and more than 2,100 games as manager and had a .507 winning percentage in Minnesota.
San Diego 74-88 this season and had a combined 649-713 (.477) record in eight-plus seasons with Bud Black at the helm.