The San Diego Padres have announced that they have relieved Bud Black as manager and name bench coach Dave Roberts as interim manager beginning tonight, until an interim manager is found. A.J. Preller will address the media in the dugout at 3:30 today.
For Black the writing has been on the wall since Josh Byrnes was fired a year ago a week from today. In most cases when a GM goes the manager goes as well to keep continuity between the manager and GM. Black was able to outlast three different GMs in his tenure, but the fourth GM has finally ousted him.
In his nine seasons as manager he lead the Padres to a 649-713 record with no postseason appearances. He only lead the Padres to two winning seasons during his tenure in 2007 (89-74) and 2010 (90-72) and he was named NL Manager of the Year in 2010.
The early reaction to the move as yielded some critics, including Keith Olbermann of ESPN and Dave Cameron of Fangraphs.
Also in regards to whom the interim manager could be the first name being floated out there has been former Texas Rangers manager, Ron Washington.
Ron Washington is currently working on the Oakland A’s staff as an infield instructor, but the potential allure of managing again, even on an interim basis could be enough to have him bolt from his short marriage with Oakland.
So what do you think? Were the Padres correct in firing Bud Black, or should have he been giving more of a chance to make this roster work? Let us know in the comments.
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