PEORIA, Ariz. — When Chip Hale took over as manager of the D-backs last, he knew the first thing he had to change was what was then a culture. It’s the same for Green, a Hale acolyte and Arizona’s third-base coach last, who’s now taking that same approach his first year managing the Padres. The Padres have had Colin Wilson Jersey one winning since 2007 and haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. Green is their third manager less than a year. Chip has been a profound influence life; I’ve never been shy about saying that, said Green, just as the Padres took the field for their fifth workout under the new manager at the Peoria Sports Complex on. He was first manager professional baseball, he was a coach of mine the big leagues, he managed me Triple-A, and he hired me on a League staff for the first time. His work ethic is unmatched. He gets after it every single day. Those things I’ll take from him, and there is a large dose of other things I’ll take from other people. • Training: | | Hale was a third-base coach the Majors under with the D-backs and had the same position with the Mets under Collins. Before managing Arizona, he spent three years as ‘s bench Craig Smith Jersey coach Oakland. Add six seasons of managing the Minor Leagues and Hale was ready to hit the managing. He quickly earned the respect of the players and turned around a team that lost 98 2014 under Kirk Gibson by 15 wins. Likewise, Green comes to San Diego with a similar goal if not the same level of experience. At 38, he managed four years the D-backs’ system and only has had that single big league under Hale as a coach. Green could be a good one. ‘s going to be a great manager, Hale said after the D-backs finished their workout at nearby Salt River Fields. I had him when he came out of Kentucky, and right away you could see he was interested all aspects of the game. He was a leader on the field, like having another coach. And last year, he did a wonderful job for us.
I think he communicates great with players. He knows the game as well as anybody. With all that mind, Green was hired by the Padres on Oct. 29 after exhaustive search, and he is following behind a pair of well-liked managers Black and Pat Murphy. The Padres underperformed last, 88 and finishing 18 behind the Dodgers the National League West. They were 32 and six behind the Dodgers before the of 15 when management decided to pull the plug on Black after eight-plus seasons. The spiraled downward after that. Green came knowing he had some work to do and fences to mend. He spent a lot of time the offseason talking to of the players. In the early going, they like what they’re hearing. ‘s been great, said Tyson, the right-hander Green quickly made ally by naming him the Opening Day starter. He’s super organized and very intelligent. He’s working hard out here and he’s really challenging us. We’ve always had great people here San Diego and it’s always been a good vibe the clubhouse. The fact of the matter is we weren’t a winning ballclub. We have to overhaul the culture if we want any success here for the term. Green is a University of Kentucky graduate finance and, like Black, is one of the rare big league managers with a college degree.
His D-backs pedigree runs this deep: At Kentucky, Green was a teammate of Webb, one the top pitchers club history, and the D-backs selected Green with their 24th-round pick the 2004 Draft. Green played for Hale Rookie ball and then again as he bounced back and forth between the big leagues and Triple-A Tucson from 2004. Ultimately, Green played only 140 Leagues for the D-backs and Mets — 136 of them for Arizona — batting.200. He had 46 League hits. Similarly, Hale was a middle infielder who played 333 for the Twins and Dodgers, batting.277 with 159 hits. Green began climbing his way up the D-backs’ organizational ladder after retiring 2009 as a player, managing two seasons of Rookie-level ball and two more at Double-A before Hale became the club’s manager for the 2015 and brought Green back to the Majors as his third-base coach. Like Hale last year, Green has hit the running hard, trying to make the most of this opportunity. When asked specifically what it meant to change the Padres’ culture, Green said: What I learned this offseason when I spent a lot of time with these guys is that inside of them there’s a lot of really good ideas. You ‘t change culture by yourself or with one great speech on Feb. 24. Ultimately they forget that speech, but I told them to draw out the good things inside of them, to force them to take a measurement of leadership and ownership of this team. You change the culture when those guys who are out there stretching want to own the team, to be a part of something different, something that’s bigger than themselves.