By Max Wildstein 11/2/15
Three managerial positions have been filled, as the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres will no longer have vacancies at the head post. The three teams had to replace Matt Williams (Washington), Mike Redmond/Dan Jennings (Miami) and Bud Black/Pat Murphy (San Diego).
According to a report from James Wagner of the Washington Post late Wednesday night, the Nationals are expected to name former Padres manager Bud Black as the team’s next manager. He was a finalist for the job, along with former Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker. The 58-year-old was fired by the Padres after beginning the hyped 2015 season with a 32-33 record. He will be joining an organization that had some of the highest aspirations heading into this season, as they were World Series favorites, but failed to even reach the postseason at 83-79, losing out to the New York Mets (90-72) on the National League East crown.
According to a report from Molly Knight of VICE Sports, the Marlins have a four-year contract in place with Don Mattingly for him to become the team’s next manager. However, an announcement is not expected until after the World Series. Mattingly will become the eighth manager for the franchise since the 2010 season. Mattingly mutually parted ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team was eliminated from this year’s playoffs. He spent the last five years with Los Angeles, going 446-363 and winning the last three National League West crowns. He will look to bring success to a 71-91 Marlins team that looks to compete in the NL East.
To much surprise out west, the Padres appear set to name dark horse candidate Andy Green as the team’s next manager, according to a report from Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. Green will come over to San Diego after spending the 2015 campaign serving under Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale as his third-base coach. This news comes as sort of a surprise, as veterans Ron Gardenhire and Rick Sofield were reportedly considered finalists for the job.