Padres fans are excited about the new promising future in San Diego. After a disappointing 2021 season, the Padres decided to move forward without the employment of pitching coach Larry Rothschild and skipper Jayce Tingler. This week they have rehired for both positions, and they couldn’t have found better replacements.
Ruben Niebla is taking over pitching in San Diego after spending 20 seasons in Cleveland. The legendary Bob Melvin left Oakland to be new manager of the Padres and is capable of taking the team to unprecedented heights. Even with the current roster, this team has incredible postseason potential for 2022.
It’s no secret that the Padres “dropped the ball” with their pitching during the 2021 season. Whether it was injuries or slumps, they couldn’t maintain their wins after the All-Star break. Pitching coach Ruben Niebla could be the solution to all of these problems. Despite ending this season with 8 out of 9 injured players being pitchers, everyone is expected to be healthy by Spring Training 2022.
Niebla is going to fit perfectly in San Diego. Players in Cleveland have already been reflecting on their years with him as a teacher and a mentor. Cleveland Indian’s pitcher and ex-Padre’s pitcher Logan Allen tweeted about his appreciation for Niebla and congratulates San Diego on the win.
Southern California native Niebla spent his professional days as a left-handed pitcher. After retiring, he got hired in Cleveland almost immediately, and he has been there ever since. In his 20 years of coaching experience, he had yet to land a lead pitching coach position in the majors, until now. He bounced between coaching the minors and assisting the majors in Cleveland, but never was the main man. This is not to say that he doesn’t have what it takes. He even helped develop Padre’s pitcher Mike Clevinger during his time in Cleveland. Niebla will be back in familiar territory with familiar faces and a new team to mentor, and San Diego could not be happier about it.
Many of the problems over the last couple of seasons have boiled down to one common factor: Jayce Tingler. San Diego Padres fans have been calling for him to be replaced all year, and general manager A.J. Preller decided to do so after this abysmal late season. Aside from scoring huge on their pitching coach replacement, Preller won again with the hire of Bob Melvin.
Bob Melvin has won Manager of the Year three times now, and he is praised by coaching staff and players alike. Over the last 11 years managing the Oakland A’s, Melvin managed to get to the playoffs six times. He has experience in Oakland, Arizona, and Seattle, although his greater accomplishments have been more recently in Oakland. In 18 years of managing, his record is 1346 wins and 1272 losses, making his career percentage 0.514 overall. This is a massive upgrade from Green and Tingler, who combined have five years of managing experience with only one team.
The Oakland A’s let Bob Melvin interview for the position. The strange part is that no compensation was requested from the A’s after Melvin agreed to end his contract in Oakland and move to San Diego. Usually a monetary or player trade would be in the works, but the Padres really hit the jackpot with this one.
Things are looking intense in San Diego this offseason. Pitchers are getting healthy and have a brilliant coach to help them flourish. A successful and credible head coach is about to unlock the true potential of a superstar team. The Padres are in phenomenal hands with Bob Melvin and Ruben Niebla, and it shouldn’t take long before the players respect and trust these great men to lead San Diego to the postseason in 2022.
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