After another unsatisfactory outing, the Padres relieved manager Bud Black of his duties and appointed Dave Roberts as the interim manager.
An official statement was released by the team stating:
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.
The Padres’ 4-2 loss in extra innings to Dodgers on Sunday appears to be the last straw for a team that sunk below .500 with a record of 32-33 under Black, putting them in third place in the National League West.
The Padres had high hopes after an off-season spending spree and a series of favorable trades but the season so far just hasn’t lived up to the hopes.
Bud Black was starting his ninth season with the Padres after being hired in 2007. Black leaves the Padres with a 649-713 record.
Black led the Padres to 90 victories in 2010, when he won the National League Manager of the Year. But he still never got any closer than second place in the NL West. The team never made the playoffs once under his leadership.
Dave Roberts will fill Black’s position while San Diego searches for a new manager.
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