MINNEAPOLIS – Former San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler was hired Monday as bench coach for the Minnesota Twins, who also chose David Popkins as their new hitting coach.
Tingler was 116-106 in two seasons with the Padres, who made the playoffs in 2020 but collapsed down the stretch this year, resulting in his firing.
Prior to his time in San Diego, Tingler spent 13 seasons in a variety of roles with the Texas Rangers. The 40-year-old Tingler was selected as an outfielder by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 and played parts of four seasons in the minor leagues before becoming a coach.
Popkins, 31, was the hitting coach for the Class A Great Lakes Loons in 2021, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Popkins played three minor league seasons as an outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals system and three years in the independent league, before becoming a coach.
Tingler fills the void left when Mike Bell died of cancer in March.
Popkins replaces Edgar Varela, who was reassigned to a minor league role.