Padres hire Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as new manager


Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield and ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire each had second interviews for the Padres’ managerial opening, but Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says San Diego has decided to go with Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green.

Green played parts of four seasons in the majors, but also spent a decade in the minors before retiring following the 2010 season at age 32. Since then he’s managed in the minors–including winning back-to-back Manager of the Year awards in the Double-A Southern League–before joining Arizona’s coaching staff.

San Diego went 74-88 this season, firing longtime manager Bud Black at midseason and then firing interim manager Pat Murphy after the season. Last time the Padres made the playoffs, in 2006, Green was a utility man for the Diamondbacks and appeared in a career-high 73 big-league games.

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune the runner-up for the job was Gardenhire, who was fired by the Twins after the 2014 season following 13 seasons as manager.

Todd Helton cited for DUI following a crash

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Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.

According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.

Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.