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First and foremost: Get well soon, Bob Melvin!
The Padres’ skipper underwent successful prostate surgery on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery and return to the dugout (which is undeniably excellent news). But Melvin will miss at least a portion of the team’s forthcoming road trip.
That puts bench coach Ryan Christenson at the helm for the foreseeable future. And you might be asking yourself … “Who?”
Well, here are a five quick things to know about the acting Padres manager:
1. Christenson spent the past four seasons as Melvin’s bench coach in Oakland, before assuming the same role in San Diego. Regarding his managerial style, he says, “We think very much alike, regarding situations and moves. So I plan on running the game exactly how he would run a game.”
2. Christenson spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues, playing for the A’s, D-backs, Brewers and Rangers from 1998-2003. After his retirement, he began coaching in the A’s system. He spent five seasons as a Minor League manager from 2013-17 — including back-to-back Texas League titles in ’15 and ’16 (teams that featured Padres left-hander Sean Manaea) — before joining Melvin’s big league staff.
3. A native of Riverside, Calif., Christenson played college baseball at Pepperdine. He says…