Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Padres brought back Ron Gardenhire back for a second interview for their vacant managerial position. Gardenhire is one of a handful of candidates the team is considering, along with Alex Cora, Phil Nevin, Rick Sofield, Tom Gordon, and Andy Green. Gardenhire is the only one of the bunch to have previous managing experience.
Gardenhire, 58, managed the Twins from 2002-14, compiling an aggregate 1,068-1,039 record. The Twins reached the post-season six times under his leadership, but only once advanced past the Division Series (2002). Gardenhire was fired after the 2014 season, and the Twins hired Paul Molitor to fill the vacancy.
The Nationals reportedly had some interest in Gardenhire, but it is believed that they’re now choosing between Dusty Baker and Bud Black.
The Padres had a disappointing 2014 season after completely revamping the roster, resulting in Black’s dismissal after 65 games. Pat Murphy managed the team in the interim, compiling a 42-54 record.