The San Diego Padres made headlines Monday when they fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Rothschild was in his second year with the Padres and had previously spent time with the New York Yankees. Following the dismissal of Rothschild, Padres manager Jayce Tingler said that it was "100 percent" his decision to fire Rothschild in an effort to "change the voice" down the stretch.
"Larry's brought a lot to us -- a lot of experience, a ton of knowledge," Tingler told reporters. "I believe he was the right guy at the right time; we've won a lot of games with Larry as the pitching coach. But moving forward -- we've been in a situation where we've certainly had some injuries, there's no doubt about that, but we've had just some inconsistency on the mound, and I just think at the end of the day we haven't reached our level of consistency on the mound. With 36 games to go, we wanted to try to give a different message, a different voice."
During Tuesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," former MLB executive David Samson detailed why Tingler might have actually had nothing to do with the firing of Rothschild.
"The players acknowledge that 'we didn't do our jobs. We're the ones playing in the field.' General manager A.J. Preller says 'we need a change.' Jayce Tingler says 'I don't think we should be doing that.' Preller says 'we're going to do it and you're going to say it's your decision.' You know what Tingler says when Preller isn't there? 'Hey my hands were tied. This was a front office decision. Who cares what I said to the media? You know very well I wouldn't want to make a change with 36 games to go,'" Samson said. "Jayce Tingler can't faze his players today as they enter a huge three-game series with the Dodgers and his players thinking he wanted to make a coaching change."
The Padres currently sit 13 games out of first place in the National League West and are one game out of the final National League Wild Card spot. If the Padres continue to struggle down the stretch, it's quite possible that they miss the postseason all together.