The search is on for the next ex-Padres manager.
The Padres announced that Bud Black is no longer the manager this afternoon.
After eight and a half seasons, a 649-713 record, and no postseason appearances, the Padres are finally going in a different direction. If not this season then in 2016 for sure.
The closest a Black managed team came to making the postseason was in 2007, Black’s first season, when the Padres lost game 163 after a phantom slide into home plate by Matt Holliday.
In 2010, the first place Padres lost 10 straight games in late-August/early-September to let the San Francisco Giants get within striking distance. And strike they did, eventually overtaking the Padres to win the division, and ultimately winning the World Series.
So, A.J. Preller now gets to hire “his guy,” which is what we all expected to happen ever since he was hired as General Manager last year. Who will that be? I don’t know. It’s probably too early to say.
From this afternoon’s very short and succinct press release:
The San Diego Padres announced Monday that manager Bud Black has been relieved of his duties.
The club will immediately begin the formal search for an Interim Manager for the remainder of the 2015 season. Until that process has concluded, Bench Coach Dave Roberts will serve as the Manager beginning with tonight’s game against Oakland.
If I’m reading that correctly, Dave Roberts is the interim Interim Manager now. That sounds weird, right? It can’t just be me that thinks that sounds weird.