Padres fans hoped for some brown this offseason.
Instead, they got Green.
The Padres introduced their new manager on Thursday and we present Andrew Mulligan Green.
The brown uniforms? Don’t hold your breath.
But the main man in whatever Padres duds they don has been named. Green is A. J. Preller’s selection and we don’t know about his choice, either.
The chatter of late was that Rod Gardenhire and Rick Scofield were the leaders at the turn. We guess Green had a good back 9 and, well, welcome to town.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Green said.
Green, 38, comes over from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he coached third base last season. He was a minor-league manager for four years in their system, after a four-year, good-field, no-hit major league career which landed him at the Mendoza line.
Preller’s line? He got his man.
“He is knowledgeable, prepared and has a ton of energy,” Preller said. “And he is going to connect with everybody.”
This comes on the heels of last year’s disconnect of epic proportions.
Preller revamped the roster and expectations where high. Then the season started and before it ended the Padres had gone through two managers and finished 14 games under .500.
So a new sheriff was brought into town and maybe Green — a name which stumped Padres fans outside Petco Park — is a keen selection. He doesn’t have a marquee name and he has more baseball tomorrows than yesterdays. But Preller is convinced, considering the due diligence the team did, Green is green in name only.
“We were open-minded to any of those paths to find the right person,” Preller said of the wide range of background the candidates possessed. “And had a strong presence and intelligence on the baseball side. We were looking for someone who could take us to the next level.”
After kicking Green’s tires, Preller’s background work confirmed his observations: Green was a sharp cookie and wouldn’t crumble when things — as they always do in baseball — go haywire.
That’s his message to his players as well.
“You have to get guys to embrace adversity,” Green said. “Because there’s nothing much harder than trying to play baseball in front of 35,000 people. You have to look at adversity as an opportunity and that’s what separates you from people. If you don’t embrace it this game will eat you alive.”
But it’s a challenging roster for Green to consume. The club needs an everyday shortstop, left-handed starting pitching and a leadoff hitter. And how exactly is Green going to handle those with impressive service time and sweet bank accounts.
“It’s all relationships,” Green said. “I think for the veterans, you have to give them a measure of ownership of the team. You don’t come in with a dictatorial approach and tell them how it is going to be. You don’t control clubhouse culture, you help create it and it’s up to the players to guard it.”
Green had his shield up about making predictions. He didn’t bust out the “World Series of Bust” T-shirts or predict greatness was around the corner.
Instead Green said he wants the players “to embrace the process and put guys in a position to succeed.”
Regarding his new collection of talent, what should Padres boosters expect?
“You have to look at what you have in the stable,” Green said, “before you ask a horse to run a certain way.”
Maybe the Padres, who’ve had five straight losing seasons, will be a horse of a different color in 2016.
Brown? It’s clear they’re learning toward Green.
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