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.
Pirates coach Rick Sofield a hot managerial name. Being interviewed in San Diego
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) October 12, 2015