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Padres Fire Josh Byrnes

Apr 12, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres general manager Josh Brynes prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. . Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

When Jed Hoyer bolted to Chicago to reunite with Theo Epstein, the Padres decided to promote Josh Byrnes to GM. It was a difficult tenure for Byrnes. The team was undergoing a change of ownership which didn’t go very smoothly and left Byrnes in a tough spot. He was working with a manager he didn’t hire and working for an ownership group who didn’t hire him. Both of those things are rare today and how the situation unfolded is a prime example why.

On June 22nd the unstable tenure was ended and Josh Byrnes was fired. He’ll be forever remembered as the guy who traded away Mat Latos for a group of prospects who never truly panned out, acquiring and extending Carlos Quentin and drafting Johnny Manziel.

He now works for the Dodgers, so we can only hope he has similar success there.