Padres extend Andy Green’s contract

It is no longer an issue. If it ever was.

In the upstairs offices at Petco Park, Andy Green has always been considered the man who would not only lead the Padres to the future but also well into it.

Officially now, the team has committed to Green being its manager through 2021, awarding him with a three-year contract extension that will be announced Sunday.

“We like him a lot,” Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said Saturday. “We think he’s the right guy with us for a young team. We think he’s a teacher – not just baseball but teaching these guys about being a solid human being and a good citizen. … We think he’s a good baseball mind. We like his tenacity and his toughness, as well as the way he supports these guys the way they need to be supported.”

Fowler and Padres principal owner Peter Seidler began talking with Green about the extension around the start of this season, promising him at that time that he would not enter the final year of his original contract, which was set to expire after the ’18 season.

The details were refined over the last several weeks.

“They felt inclined to bring it to me now,” Green said. “And I have nothing else I want to do but pour myself into building a championship-caliber club in San Diego. … (The extension) is a commitment to the path we’re on, a commitment in the belief we’re building something special.”

Green said he never brought up his job status and that it was a “periphery” issue.

Said Fowler: “It was easy.”

The team’s always-blunt chairman described speculation that Green was being used to chaperon the youngest team in the majors only until it matured as “B.S.”

While the extension was long in the works, the consistent conjecture about Green not being in the plans long-term did play a part in the timing of the announcement.

The Padres, who are 51-65 and 31…

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