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The Padres are nearing a decision on their next general manager

Aug 5, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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Padres manager Bud Black told MLB Network Radio today that he expects the team to name a new general manager within the next 48 hours.

As we noted yesterday, Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler is viewed as the front-runner,, but several others have been mentioned for the job, including Kim Ng and even Kevin Towers.

Now that the trading deadline is over and the Padres have unloaded most of what they need to unload, the urgency for a new GM isn’t quite what it was. But whoever gets the job has a big job ahead of them.

  1. chargrz - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    The Padres will probably hire whoever will work the the least amount of money. They need to stay to form.No reason to change a long standing tradition now.

  2. mt10425 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    I hope it’s Ng.

  3. [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    No dog in this fight, but an interesting comment from about two weeks ago:

    Pat (Baltimore) Does Kim Ng keep getting passed over because there are better candidates? Or because there is a gender bias?

    Klaw (1:19 PM) She has no practical baseball experience – neither scouting (amateur, pro, international) nor player development.

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/50929/mlb-insider-keith-law

    • gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Interesting point. Could it be the difference between an owner’s son starting off as a vice president, versus one who starts off in the mail room and works his way up? Ng’s resume is impressive, but it does look top-heavy.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        It isn’t that she started at the top, it is that she started in the office as an analyst and never had jobs that weren’t in the front office….she worked her way up, but it was through the business side of baseball operations, at which she has excelled, rather than through the baseball side via scouting or player development to the front office.

  4. gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I doubt the new GM has THAT big a job ahead. Just about everybody on the top three pitching staff is signed for next year, and of the three free agents at season’s end, one got extended and the other two traded.

    There are questions about offense from the infield corners, and how many games Quentin can play, but there are internal candidates auditioning for those spots now. The new GM may be as cautious making changes as the owners have been in choosing him/her.

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