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Report: Padres hire Jayce Tingler to be their new manager

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that the San Diego Padres are expected to name Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler as their new manager.

Tingler, who played in the Blue Jays and Rangers’ minor league systems in the mid-2000s and has been a coach and manager in for the Rangers since 2007, is no doubt familiar to Padres GM A.J. Preller, who used to work in Texas’s front office. Tingler beat out former Rangers manager and current Braves third base coach Ron Washington for the job. He will replace Andy Green, who was fired towards the end of the season after going 274-366 in four seasons.

The Padres are loaded with young talent and are poised to turn a corner. Not a bad position for someone like Tingler to be in, even if expectations will be high.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.