MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler has been hired as bench coach of the Minnesota Twins. David Popkins will also be Minnesota’s new hitting coach.
The 40-year-old Tingler went 116-106 over two seasons with the Padres. They made the playoffs in 2020.
The Friars collapsed down the stretch this year, resulting in Tingler’s dismissal. Tingler spent 13 seasons in a variety of roles with the Texas Rangers before going to San Diego. He was replaced in San Diego by longtime big league skipper Bob Melvin.
The 31-year-old Popkins was the hitting coach for the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.