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San Diego Padres fire manager Jayce Tingler after late-season collapse

San Diego Padres fire manager Jayce Tingler after late-season collapse
San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler, shown Oct. 6, 2020, led his club to a 79-83 record and third-place finish in the National League West this season. File Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres have fired manager Jayce Tingler after his team went through the biggest collapse in franchise history this season.

A.J. Preller, the Padres' president of baseball operations and general manager, announced the decision Wednesday, just three days after the club finished 79-83 and in third place in the National League West -- 28 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

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The team said Tingler will be given the opportunity to remain with the organization in a different capacity.

"Jayce accomplished a great deal in his two seasons with the Padres, leading our team through an unprecedented pandemic and into the postseason for the first time in 15 years," Preller said in a statement. "I have tremendous respect for him as a coach, colleague and friend.

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"After much thought and consideration over the last several weeks, we felt change was necessary at this time to ultimately reach our championship potential in San Diego."

The Padres opted to move on from Tingler after a major free fall that saw the club go from a one-game lead for the NL's second wild-card spot Sept. 9 to being eliminated from postseason contention with seven games remaining. San Diego clinched its 10th losing record in 11 seasons after the disappointing finish.

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Tingler posted a 116-106 overall record in two seasons with the Padres. He guided the team to a 37-23 mark in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and their first playoff appearance in 13 years.

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The Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card round that year before being swept in the NL Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tingler had no previous managerial experience at the MLB level before the Padres hired him in October 2019. He is the fourth manager that Preller has fired in his seven-plus seasons in San Diego, joining Bud Black, Pat Murphy and Andy Green.

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