Nearly two weeks have passed since the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler following a disappointing 2021 season. It wasn't all Tingler's fault, of course; the Padres suffered from myriad injuries, especially on the pitching side, and their underlying measures suggested they should have won more games than they did. Nevertheless, the Padres decided he was no longer the right individual to lead them.

So, who might become the next Padres manager? It's hard to say. Conventional wisdom has it that teams tend to gravitate toward the opposite of their last manager. In this case, that would mean the Padres go with a veteran skipper -- perhaps even one with championship experience. Padres executive A.J. Preller has already violated that rule of thumb before, hiring the 40-year-old Tingler after previously dismissing Andy Green.

With that in mind, it's fair to write that any list of potential candidates is, like psychic readings in New Jersey, for entertainment purposes only. Allow us to litter the internet with our own guess at five names who could surface in connection to the gig. (Do note that the individuals are listed in order of their perceived likelihood.)

 

1. Ron Washington

Washington, 69 years old, is currently coaching third base (aggressively and successfully) and teaching infield for the Atlanta Braves. He checks a lot of relevant boxes: he has managerial experience -- eight seasons' worth, with a career 52.1 winning percentage and two World Series appearances; he has a connection to Preller from their shared time with the Texas Rangers; and he even interviewed for the Padres job the last time it was available.