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Padres hire Andy Green as manager

The 38-year old beat out Ron Gardenhire for the lead role in San Diego.

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The Padres will hire Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as their next manager, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. No official announcement has been made.

Green is a surprising hire for the Padres, who were thought as of Wednesday to be choosing between ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield. San Diego also interviewed Phil Nevin, Alex Cora, Mark Kotsay, Tom Gordon and Moises Alou in their search for a new skipper.

Green, 38, also interviewed for the Nationals' managerial opening this fall, but Washington chose instead to hire ex-Padres manager Bud Black, who was fired in June. Green saw action as a major-league infielder in 140 games with the Diamondbacks (2004-2006) and Mets (2009) before retiring and going into coaching.

Green was the manager of the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2013 and 2014, winning Southern League Manager of the Year in both seasons before being promoted to Arizona's major-league staff. He will become the second-youngest manager in the majors (behind Rays skipper Kevin Cash) and is just the second first-time major-league manager to be hired this fall, joining Scott Servais of the Mariners.