LOS ANGELES -- Three members of Padres manager Bud Black's coaching staff could be in line for, at the very least, interviews this offseason for a handful of Major League managerial openings.
San Diego bench coach Ted Simmons, first-base coach Rick Renteria and hitting coach Randy Ready could potentially be in line for interviews for openings in Seattle, Atlanta, Florida and other teams that might be looking for a new manager in 2011.
Black couldn't be happier about it.
"I hope they do," Black said. "We have a lot of guys who are qualified and equipped to be managers."
Renteria, who handles baserunning and outfielders for the Padres at the Major League level, is highly thoughts of in the industry. Ready has interviewed for openings in Seattle and Houston the past two winters and Simmons, well, he's had just about every other job in baseball and wants to manage.
"I've done everything but manage," Simmons said. "This is my third year as the bench coach [second with San Diego] and after three years, either you do it [manage] or forget about it."
Simmons, who was an eight-time All-Star catcher, said he'll let the regular season finish before he pays to much attention to where vacancies might be.
"If you're serious about managing ... it doesn't matter where you do it," Simmons said.