The San Diego Padres have confirmed that the team has relieved manager Bud Black of his duties effective immediately. Team bench coach Dave Roberts will serve as interim manager when San Diego takes on the Oakland Athletics tonight.
San Diego is currently 32-33 and in third place in the National League West, sitting just four games out of first. The team entered 2015 with much higher expectations than in previous years after a very active offseason brought the team a brand new outfield of Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp and also had the team acquire catcher Darek Norris, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and starting pitcher James Shields.
Black had been the Padres manager since 2007 and had a 649-713 record with the club. He won National League Manager of the Year in 2010 when San Diego won 90 games. He finished among the top five for the award in 2007 and 2012. The Padres had never made the playoffs under Black and the team only finished above .500 twice. Black was previously on the Los Angeles Angles coaching staff from 2000-2006 and was with the organization when they won the World Series in 2002.
While the Padres are starting a formal search to fill the position right away, the team turns to Roberts who has no managerial experience at any level. After his ten year Major League career ended in 2008, the former Padre outfielder was named the team’s first base coach in October of 2010. He was named the team’s bench coach at the start of the 2014 season.
The Padres are hosting the Athletics tonight at PETCO Park.