Andy Green, San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are going to have a tough time navigating the NL West this upcoming season, much like they have in recent memory. The man at the helm of the Padres is Andy Green, who at only 40-years old, is already entering his third season as a Major League manager.
A bench coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, Green has been the Padres manager since 2016. He won only 68 games in his first season as the manager, and then went on to win only 71 games a year ago.
He has to do a better job at putting wins together, and the team went out this offseason and brought a nice bat to the middle of his lineup. Eric Hosmer was a sought-after free agent for many teams, and he ended up signing on the dotted line with the Padres, and brings a World Series ring to their locker room.
Green is a very smart baseball man, and he has some nice pieces to play with this season. Brad Hand is a solid closer, and Clayton Richard should be able to be the front man in the rotation. Manuel Margot is an exciting centerfield prospect, and he should have a nice season in 2018.
The NL West is going to be tough, and luckily for Green, he is signed through the 2021 season. However, if the Padres are downright awful like they have been over the last few seasons, he may not make it to the end of that contract.