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Report: Padres interview Ozzie Guillen to be next manager

Padres, Ozzie Guillen, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado

The San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler after an immensely disappointing 2021 season. The Padres collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch, failing to make the playoffs and resulting in Tingler’s ouster after just two seasons at the helm. San Diego is now seeking an upgrade at manager, and it looks like World Series champion Ozzie Guillen is a top candidate, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Guillen hasn’t managed since 2012 with the Miami Marlins. He won a World Series as a coach with the Marlins in 2003 and then returned to manage in 2012, but he only lasted one season because of some wild comments he made about Fidel Castro.

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Before that one-year managing debacle with the Marlins, Guillen was the manager for the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series with Guillen as manager, his second title in three years.

Guillen would certainly be an interesting choice for the Padres given his history, but perhaps they think he’d be a good choice for a talented roster with big personalities such as Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, among others.

Guillen was actually originally signed by the Padres as a player in 1980, but he never played in the big leagues for them.