Although Kevin Towers wouldn't reveal any names on Friday, it's believed a leading candidate is Angels pitching coach Bud Black, who was a teammate of Tony Gwynn's at San Diego State and lives in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe just north of San Diego. Black also interviewed for the job Bochy got with the Giants.
The 49-year-old Black appears to fit the qualities the Padres are looking for in a manager. He's also a candidate for the Oakland Athletics' job.
- Towers said he has a list of seven to eight candidates, none of whom are former big league managers. That would exclude Padres coaches Tony Muser and Glenn Hoffman.
"As of right now, they're all fresh faces," Towers said.