The San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler on Wednesday, ending a two-year tenure during which he took the team to the 2020 National League Division Series but finished a disappointing 79-83 this season.
Tingler’s final record with the club was 116-106 for a winning percentage of .523 — second behind only Jack McKeon, who led the team from 1988 to 1990 and went 193-164.
“Jayce accomplished a great deal in his two seasons with the Padres, leading our team through an unprecedented pandemic and into the postseason for the first time in 15 years,” said A.J. Preller, president of baseball operations and general manager of the Padres.
“I have tremendous respect for him as a coach, colleague and friend.
“After much thought and consideration over the last several weeks, we felt change was necessary at this time to ultimately reach our championship potential in San Diego,” Preller said.
Following 2020’s abbreviated season, which led to the postseason berth, a win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild card game and being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, the Friars began 2021 on a hot streak.
The team entered the season with high expectations after signing Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year extension and acquiring catcher Victor Caratini, infielder Ha-Seong Kim and pitchers Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Mark Melancon and Joe Musgrove.
El Cajon-native Musgrove broke a franchise drought on April 9, notching the organization’s first no-hitter, ending the longest no-hit drought by a team in MLB history.
The Padres raced to a 66-49 record and were in the running for a wild card spot into late summer before collapsing. San Diego went 13-34 the rest of the way and was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25.
The Padres finished third in the NL West, 28 games behind the division- winning San Francisco Giants.