The San Diego Padres, who hired Mike Shields as their new manager, had a surprising name on their short list.
David Baez of AM570 LA Sports, the LA Dodgers’ official radio station, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Padres’ managerial search after the team announced its decision on Wednesday.
According to him, the Dodgers weighed Adrian Gonzalez, 41, as a managerial candidate.
Gonzalez was a five-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and four-time Gold Glove-winning first baseman during his career. He also had the power to hit 317 home runs in his career.
He has strong ties to San Diego. He was born and raised in San Diego.
He wore a Padres uniform from 2006 to 2010. During that time, he was a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner.
He later played for the Boston Red Sox, Dodgers, and New York Mets. With the Dodgers, he played alongside Ryu Hyun-jin.굿모닝토토 도메인
He returned to active play in 2021, signing with Mariachis de Guadalajara of the Mexican League. That same year, he represented Mexico at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
He officially announced his retirement in February 2022.
It would have been an unusual hire. Given the team’s strong Mexican fan base, it would have been met with enthusiasm.
However, San Diego ultimately opted for someone with experience. Schildt was named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2018 season, a position he held until 2021.
In addition to Schultz, the Dodgers reportedly considered bench coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Flaherty, Los Angeles Angels coach Benji Gill, and former Angels manager Phil Nevin.