Padres fire manager Bud Black in middle of ninth season

June 16, 2015 - 5:28 am

[caption id="attachment_95185" align="alignright" width="150"]Bud Black[/caption] With a 32-34 record and sitting in fourth place in the NL West, the Padres fired manager Bud Black on Monday. Following an offseason spending spree never-before-seen from the Padres, expectations were high in San Diego entering 2015. However, general manager A.J. Preller believes the team is underachieving and has enough time to turn the season around. "This team is not bottoming out or playing poorly," Preller said Monday. "Just too much inconsistency. We have not played to the level we are capable of." This was Black's ninth year managing the Padres. During his tenure, the Padres never made the playoffs and he compiled a record of 649-713, good for a .477 winning percentage. Black's best season came in 2010, when he led the Padres in a captivating late-season turnaround to a 90-72 record, earning him National League Manager of the Year honors. Preller admitted that it took him a couple weeks to make the decision, but he considers it best for the team. "It wasn't one magic thing. I made the decision last night and I slept on it," he said. "At the end of the day, this was the direction we wanted to go. I've evaluated him overall for eight months when I was looking at everything. I've seen inconsistencies, ups and downs." Preller will interview candidates for the interim manager position over the next two days. In the meantime, former Padres outfielder and current bench coach Dave Roberts will manage the team. Roberts as well as Triple-A El Paso manager Pat Murphy will interview for the job, along with some other internal candidates. Pitcher James Shields defended Black, setting more of the blame on the players and urging his team to work harder. "The way that Buddy ran the ship around here was fine," Shields said. "We respect him as a manager and a man. As players, we've got to do a better job. It's up to us as players to figure it out, try not to put blame on anybody."