FOB Poll: Next Padres Manager Voting Results


Back on October 16 a poll was posted here at FriarsOnBase as to who you, the readers, wanted for the next San Diego Padres manager. At the time, not much was known about the managerial search but there were some early front-runners and names tossed around. Luckily one name that was not an option was Dusty Baker. With that said, thank you to those that voted and the results are in!

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To review, there were six choices in the poll: Phil Nevin, Ron Gardenhire, Scott Servais, Alex Cora, Ron Washington, and “Other”.

Since the poll was posted Scott Servais took the job with Seattle eliminating him from contention. That was no big deal to our readers, with only 4% voting for him. The former catcher inherits a Seattle team that like the Padres had high expectations for 2015 and ended up falling flat. That said, they do have Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez among others to build around.

One name that seems to be gaining momentum in the media but apparently not among readers is Alex Cora, who garnered 4.8%. Perhaps our readers aren’t watching his hot takes on ESPN or just generally are looking for a manager with more experience.

Next up on the results was former Rangers manager Ron Washington, who since this posting has not been rumored to have even interviewed for the job, but still managed to capture 20.1% of the vote, sharing that slice with those that voted “Other”.

Now that leaves the final two from our poll who are incidentally generally considered the front runners in real life: Phil Nevin and Ron Gardenhire. Nevin of course was loved by most fans for his fierce personality if not management and former Padres General Manager Kevin Towers. Gardenhire is a previous Manager of the Year winner and many feel that his personality would mesh better with the Padres players personalities and bring out their best baseball like he did in Minnesota for years.

The winner was Ron Gardenhire – who got 30.2% of the vote for the next Padres manager. Nevin finished at 20.8, just above Ron Washington and other. While the list that Preller has continues to grow, it is clear early on who the Padres fans want.

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