UPDATE 1:04 PM: Surprisingly, the Padres will be going with Andy Green as their manager.
Andy Green will be named as the next manager of the #Padres later today. Sources.
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) October 29, 2015
Green was the third base coach for the Diamondbacks this year, and wasn’t named among the finalists last night. It appears that Green, and not Sofield, was actually a finalist, according to Dennis Lin.
Confiriming Andy Green will be named the Padres' next manager. Was offered job last night. Gardenhire, not Sofield, was the other finalist.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) October 29, 2015
I’m not sure if Sofield will get another opportunity this off-season, but I don’t think this will be the last Pirates coach or front office member who will be connected to a job opening, as that seems to be a growing trend the last two years.
1:05 AM: Rick Sofield has now had two interviews for the San Diego Padres open manager position, and according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he’s one of two finalists for the position. Ron Gardenhire is another finalist, and is apparently the current favorite.
Last year the Pirates saw a member of the MLB coaching staff take a managerial position when Jeff Banister was hired by the Texas Rangers. They’ve since seen two front office members leave for the Miami Marlins in Marc DelPiano and Jim Benedict. And along with Sofield, they’ve seen Tyrone Brooks interview for another position, when he interviewed for the vacant Milwaukee Brewers GM position.
Whether Sofield gets the position or not, it appears that the Pirates success is putting their coaches and front office members in high demand. The decision from San Diego could come tomorrow, as it’s a travel day for the World Series, and MLB usually restricts teams from announcing news when there is a game, so as not to distract from the series.