It’s time to turn the page on last season for the San Diego Padres, the past 51 seasons for that matter.
But leave it to the Padres to reinvent the baseball wheel.
General manager A.J. Preller hired old friend Jayce Tingler from the Texas Rangers organization as manager to replace the deposed Andy Green. To help Tingler, he added Skip Schumaker as associate manager, the first in Major League history.
Neither has any experience at any level as a manager. Oh yes, Bobby Dickerson is the bench coach.
Thursday, as the full squad of Padres worked out at the Peoria Sports Complex, Schumaker stood in for Tingler at the morning press briefing behind the clubhouse building and in front of a phalanx of cameras, a first in history pinch-manager.
We were told it will be a weekly occurrence to give Tingler a break and Schumaker some exposure, Thursday’s with Skippy so to speak.
Asked about his function as associate manager, Schumaker responded:
“Honestly, my goals are to cover Jayce’s blind…