Today the sports news outlets and San Diego media have been reporting that Jayce Tingler will be the next Manager of the San Diego Padres. An official announcement has not been made, and probably won’t until after the World Series is over.
I have followed the baseball career of Jayce Tingler since he was in high school in Smithville, Missouri. I could see the field that he played on from my front porch.
Jayce first played for the University of Missouri before being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 10th round in 2003.
Jayce was then selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft in 2005 and was assigned to Bakersfield in the California League.
I was excited as I knew that I would probably get to see him play at either Modesto or Stockton. With a busy travel schedule I only got to see him play in two games at Modesto before he was promoted to the AA Frisco, Texas team.
Jayce retired from playing near the end of the 2006 season and then began his coaching career with the Rangers.
Jayce Tingler is a natural coach and leader, which I first noticed when I saw him playing sports back in Smithville. He also has a good coaching background as both of his parents were coaches at Smithville.
I have followed his coaching career and he has done well wherever he has coached or managed.
I am excited for him as he steps up to this new challenge.
Good Luck Jayce!