2023 was a disappointing season for the San Diego Padres, and there is no other way around it.
An 82-80 record left the Friars out of the playoffs: it didn’t matter that they actually had an elite run differential of +104.
The team lost many close games and in extra innings, and that’s in part on the manager, Bob Melvin.
Initially, the organization didn’t fire him, but he might be leading another franchise after all.
“The Padres have granted the Giants permission to interview Bob Melvin for their managerial opening (via @dennistlin)” Talkin’ Baseball tweeted.
The Padres have granted the Giants permission to interview Bob Melvin for their managerial opening
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 22, 2023
The San Francisco Giants were also left out of the postseason, and fired their own skipper, Gabe Kapler, as a result.
Kapler is now reportedly looking to seize the Boston Red Sox’s front office opening, and Melvin might be flirting with the Giants.
It’s somewhat odd that Melvin is the frontrunner to replace Kapler in San Francisco, for a variety of reasons.
First of all, the Padres and Giants are foes in the NL West division, and they compete all year, every year.
Second, Melvin is still under contract with the Padres for the 2024 campaign.
It was kind of shocking that he asked permission to interview with the Giants and also that the Padres allowed it.
The marriage between Melvin and the Padres might not last long given the evidence and the circumstances.
It’s not clear if the Giants would have to give the Padres some kind of compensation if they end up hiring Melvin.
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