San Diego Padres: Could Mike Shildt take over for Bob Melvin as manager?
Shildt would be a logical choice as well, given his managerial success in St. Louis and his position already working with the Padres as a Senior Advisor to Player Development & Major Leagues, according to Padres.com.
While in St. Louis, Shildt posted a 252-199 record in just under four seasons and was named as the NL Manager of the Year in 2019. It was a surprise to many in the industry (including Shildt) when he was let go following the 2021 campaign, and he has made it clear that he would like to get back to managing. Could that be in San Diego, a team he knows very well?
Shildt did guide the Cardinals to success (three postseason appearances) while there and is used to being under plenty of fan scrutiny (Cardinals fans are among the most passionate about their team), so the pressure cooker would feel somewhat familiar to the 54-year-old Shildt.
Again, if the Padres wanted to stay in house, Shildt has all of the tools on the resume to take over for Melvin without there being too much disruption.
What about someone from the outside? That's our third candidate.