After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look.
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Mark Kotsay!
Kotsay was drafted by the Florida (now Miami) Marlins with the ninth pick of the 1996 draft out of Cal State Fullerton, where he won the 1995 Golden Spikes Award. He made his Major League debut on July 11, 1997 and played in 17 games for the Marlins that year.
The Marlins traded Kotsay to the Padres in 2001 as part of a deal for Matt Clement and Eric Owens. After three seasons in San Diego as their primary center fielder, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Terrence Long and Ramon Hernandez.
After stints with Oakland, the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, Kotsay came back to the Padres as a free agent in November 2011. He was primarily used as a pinch-hitter through 2013, after which he retired.
Kotsay then spent a year in the Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the general manager before taking the hitting coach job in 2015, replacing the fired Phil Plantier.