Padres hire Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as new manager

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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.