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Padres hire A.J. Preller as general manager

Aug 5, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports reports that the Padres have hired A.J. Preller -- a former assistant GM with the Rangers -- to be their next general manager.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have hired A.J. Preller — a former assistant GM with the Rangers — to be their next general manager.

Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler was thought to be the favorite for the gig, which was vacated after the late-June firing of Josh Byrnes, but Preller ultimately won out. Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen and MLB senior VP of baseball operations Kim Ng were among the finalists.

Preller, a 36-year-old graduate of Cornell University, had been with the Rangers for the last 10 years. He was serving as Texas’ director of player development and scouting at the time of his hiring Tuesday night by San Diego and was also the Rangers’ head of international scouting at one point.

  1. miguelcairo - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM


  2. renaado - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I didn’t see this comin.

  3. beefytrout - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Preller has been reported as the favorite for some time.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Except for how Eppler was reported as the favorite yesterday. Maybe someone just mixed up the letters in their names.

      In any case, good luck, A.J.; you will need it.

      • beefytrout - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Clearly that report was wrong

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        We’ve always been at war with Eastasia….

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        I get what you mean Copo. Kimchi’s are mindless bastards.

  4. yahmule - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    What does AJ stand for? This better not be another dude…

    • renaado - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      I’m positive he won’t be a doppelganger 😉 .

  5. mikhelb - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    A very good choice, really really good, Padres were looking for somebody with that type of background, Eppler was also a great choice and likely he’ll be the Yankees GM if Cashman decides not to continue as GM after this season. Ng maybe will get another chance but I think she might go for a higher position in MLB after Selig vacates his position.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      If Ng can’t even get a GM job in the majors,what makes you think she will get Seligs job? Those same owners don’t want her making making judgement calls for a single team,never mind a league.

  6. khmerson562 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Ng never going to get the GM job cause she a women and asian.

    • renaado - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      If that were the reason then I’d call it stupid… Clearly a descrimination.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        Welcome to the old boy network. Status quo is great as long as the TV money keeps coming in.

        Publicaly funded stadiums too .If you have read any post on here in last few years you would know that MLB hates change until it is forced on them all the way back to the Ty Cobb era.

        If the next commisioner is smart,he/she will declare baseball an official religion as it was (supposedly)in the 50’s 60’s and demand full particapation for sellout crowds by penalty of blackout.

        Oh wait….

  7. chargrz - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    I hope he is part magician as he will need to be to make the Padres win.

  8. historiophiliac - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Good luck, sucker.

  9. khmerson562 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Ng didn’t get the dodgers job and it went to Ned colleti and now the padres. If ng was a black women this would be big news. She’s asian so who’s care.

    • coryrox78 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Woman is singular and women is plural. Is Ng multiple people? Your grammar is atrocious and so is your point of view. Please do us all a favor and stop commenting.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      The Dodgers have the 4th most wins in the NL during Colletti’s term, the best team ERA in the NL and the 3rd best BA in the NL during his term. Maybe she was passed over because Colletti is a good GM?

  10. drewsylvania - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Baseball is getting closer, I think. Bummed that it didn’t work out for Ng.

  11. drewsylvania - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Let us champion women’s sports leagues. Why do we ignore them?

  12. stex52 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Baseball front offices are now filled with people who never played the game above the high school level. Someone will give Ng a chance.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Let’s go get those Nerds! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (runs out)

  13. jimmyt - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    But can he make a sandwich?

  14. yahmule - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    The guy gets to go live in San Diego. Sports GM’s have traditionally treated these assignments like paid vacations. Bobby Beatherd helped build winners in Miami and Washington and as soon as he went to the Chargers, all he wanted to do was surf. Of course he may have been hoping to be swept out to sea where nobody would ask him another question about Ryan Leaf.

    • ptfu - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Sigh. So much fail.

      “The guy gets to go live in San Diego.”
      True. This is the comment’s high point.

      “Sports GM’s have traditionally treated these assignments like paid vacations.”
      Umm, what? Why lump all sports GMs together? Going to need some hefty citation for “traditionally.” What does “these assignments” mean–and if it means what I think you mean, then you can go play in traffic. As for paid vacations, you’re out of your mind. GMs work hard, they succeed, they fail, those not putting in the effort get fired.

      “Bobby Beatherd [sic] helped build winners in Miami and Washington…”
      True, though I don’t know what football stuff from 35 years ago has to do with the Padres today.

      “…and as soon as he went to the Chargers, all he wanted to do was surf.”
      In between waves, he built the 1994 team that reached the Super Bowl. Beathard’s team also made the playoffs in 1992 and 1995. Again, not relevant to today’s Padres.

      “Of course he may have been hoping to be swept out to sea where nobody would ask him another question about Ryan Leaf.”

      Heh, maybe so. Still don’t know what a guy from 15 years ago in another sport has to do with today’s Padres.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Like ptfu mentioned, Beatherd built an AFC Championship team that unfortunately (for them, not me as a 49ers fan :D) ran into a San Francisco 49ers team that was as strong as any Super Bowl Champion of the last 50 years. Ryan Leaf was a bad pick… but it’s not like it was some surprise pick that ended up going awry… Leaf was the consensus number 2 quarterback behind Peyton Manning… and it’s not like that was a QB rich draft… should he have drafted consensus #3 QB Charlie Batch despite being able to wait until the third round to get him?

      And yeah, this has nothing to do with the Padres. A team that GMs have been able to break away from the surf long enough to send to two World Series, by the way.

  15. olafisberserker - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    All I know about A.J. Preller is that he isn’t Omar Minaya. Which is all I need to know about A.J. Preller. Good luck on the job and (this is somewhat of a selfish statement for my own sake) I hope you have some quick success.

  16. drs76109 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Terrible optics in the wake of Becky Hammon and Michelle Rogers. Personally, I think they should’ve hired Ng.

    But even still, seeing the news, they could’ve delayed this a few days to shield this from the dominant current narrative. Their PR folks should’ve noted this.

    • simon94022 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Aside from the ownership, no role is more critical to the fate of the franchise over the next 5-10 years than the GM. It requires picking the absolute best candidate available. An owner would be a fool to let this kind of decision be influenced by short term trivialities like “optics”.

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