22:16: The padres intend to speak to Shildt “are still investigating exactly why he was released in St. Louis”, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. Acee adds that San Diego has no plans to interview Braves third base coach Ron Washington, who was rumored to be on the padres’ radar last week.
21:59: Mike Shildt may not be out of work for long as Dennis Lin and Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic (Twitter link) report that the Padres would like to interview Shildt for their leadership position. After being fired from the Cardinals just three days ago, Shildt is entering a market that has few coaching spots as the Mets and Padres are the only other big league clubs currently looking for a new manager.
Shildt fits into the shape of what the Padres allegedly focused on, however, as all of the names associated with the search so far have been seasoned Major League managers. While team chairman Peter Seidler said the Padres wouldn’t necessarily just look for ex-managers, this appears to be the first direction that may still be in the early stages of their search.
Staying open to candidates is always a good idea as a team never knows what new candidates might suddenly appear … including Shildt, who seemed as confident as any other manager in baseball after leading the Cardinals to a 90-victory season would have. Since taking over from Mike Matheny in July 2018, Shildt has posted a record 252-199 in his tenure in St. Louis, bringing the cards into the postseason for each of the past three years. After reaching the NLCS in 2019, the Cardinals failed to make it past the first round of playoffs, falling in the wildcard game against the Dodgers and (ironically) losing to the Padres in the 2020 postseason extended wildcard series.
Details are not yet very clear on the “philosophical differences“(In the words of John Mozeliak, president of the St. Louis baseball division) which led to Shildt’s dismissal, although it is not surprising that the Padres would like to speak to a manager about Shildt’s recent track record. With all of his professional baseball experience with the Cardinals, Shildt has no history of affiliation with Padres, president of baseball ops AJ Preller, and thought that might not be a requirement for hiring either. Given how much Preller’s close friendship with ex-manager Jayce Tingler may have contributed to reported tensions at the San Diego clubhouse over the last few weeks of the season, it could benefit the Padres to hire a manager named by the players is perceived at a distance from the front office.