The San Diego Padres problem is staring A.J. Preller in the face

Once again, the San Diego Padres need to find a manager.

Bob Melvin is set to join the San Francisco Giants after he was suddenly made available to interview for their vacancy. That Melvin is leaving should not be a surprise; he could not come back once he was allowed to interview. The Padres’ faith in their skipper had already dissipated.

Now the Padres need to look for another manager. This will be their fifth different skipper since A.J. Preller as the general manager of the franchise in 2014. Bud Black (2014-15), Andy Green (2016-19), Jayce Tingler (2020-21), and Melvin were unable to fulfill Preller’s vision.

San Diego Padres problem is not on the bench

One could say that all of those dismissals were justified. The Padres have found their way to the postseason just twice since 2014. In fact, they have finished over .500 only three times in that stretch, all of which came in the last four years. The Padres have also finished in the NL West basement three times in Preller’s run. They have more interim managers than playoff appearances with Preller in charge.

And yet, Preller continues on. Despite the underwhelming results, and the managerial carousel, his place with the franchise seems to be rock solid. Maybe Preller has compromising pictures of owner Peter Seidler with goats or something. There has to be some explanation for why he has avoided blame for the Padres’ shortcomings.

Once again, the San Diego Padres are looking for a manager. The real problem with the franchise is staring A.J. Preller in the face when he looks in the mirror.

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