As the Padres’ season is finally coming to a close, some future decisions for Ron Fowler, Mike Dee and new General Manager A.J. Preller will be made as far as the future goes. One of those decisions will be the long-time manager of the ball club, Bud Black.
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In a recent interview on the Mighty 1090’s “Darren Smith Show”, Bud Black made his weekly phone appearance. Smith asked mainly if he knew he was coming back to the Padres in 2015, Black replied, “Yes. Yeah I’m approaching it that way, absolutely. You have to.” I’m sure Buddy is quite annoyed by the same question of job security, as the Padres play spoilers yet again to potential playoff teams in September.
Black was hired in 2007 after Bruce Bochy, the franchise leader in managerial wins, was relieved of the position. Since Black’s arrival, the team in his first-year continued success before losing to the Colorado Rockies in game 163. Other than 2010, when the franchise missed the playoffs on the final day of the season, the team has been near, if not, last-place every season in the National League Western Division.
Most Padres fans respect Bud Black, as do I, but this franchise needs changes. It would be a tough decision to make for the front office, a type of decision that could alienate Padres’ fans even more, but I think most Padres fans feel the talent on the field will need to be re-built completely.
Keep the Faith.