Padres to Interview Rick Sofield For Managerial Position

According to Peter Gammons, Rick Sofield, the third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will interview for open manager position with the San Diego Padres. The Padres fired manager Bud Black during the season and named Pat Murphy as the interim manager. Murphy was let go right after the season ended. San Diego finished a disappointing 74-88, despite many predicting they could win the NL West after a total overhaul to their roster this off-season.

Sofield moved to third base coaching this season, after spending two years as the first base coach for the Pirates. He also served as the base running and outfield coach this year. Sofield has a long resume in baseball since he played for the Minnesota Twins in the early 1980’s. Among his other jobs, he was the Pirates minor league field coordinator in 2002 and he coached the West Virginia Power in 2012. He has also coached five other seasons in the minors, served as the minor league field coordinator with the Dodgers and Expos, plus spent 15 years coaching in the college ranks.

  • If Pirate fan input is part of the interview process, Sofield should be worried.

  • Good luck to Sofield. Have all of the coaches been rehired for next year? I was wondering about Nick Leyva the infield coach. Maybe he should be replaced by Jack Wilson or someone who has better success with infield defense.

  • I hope he get’s this position and Lloyd Mac comes back!

  • Bring Van Slyke back as a replacement?

  • Good for him, gotta feel good after a long career of coaching at various levels throughout college/pro baseball.

    Though as far as long term goes, SD might not be the ideal spot to land as a coach unless the GM has plans to keep the rotation together while fixing the mess that is their offense and defense.

    • I wouldn’t touch that place for the reasons you cited. Not to mention having to compete with two franchises like the Dodgers and Giants…But it’s probably a raise and something to put on your resume for the next job.

  • I hope he gets the job!