San Diego, CA- Last month we discussed “Are the San Diego Padres close to firing Josh Byrnes & Bud Black?” and now after being swept by fellow last place team the Philadelphia Phillies the San Diego Padres are (28-38) on the season and ownership has reached it’s breaking point.
Following the San Diego Padres 4th straight loss the organization went all out to voice displeasure with their product on the field.
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Immediately after the San Diego Padres 7-3 loss to the Phillies, San Diego Padres President Mike Dee in an interview with Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 in San Diego yesterday expressed that the team’s current state is “unacceptable.”
"“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I was not looking at everything and everybody in this organization from top to bottom. We increased payroll 25 percent. We got an enormous commitment by ownership to do that, and it’s not getting done. When it’s not getting done, everybody and everything gets put under the microscope and if changes are appropriate……changes will be made.” “This is unexpected, to be 10 games under 500 and to be now at the bottom of the division is unacceptable and I’m profoundly disappointed about how things are going. Gotta get it right. We’re gonna get it right. But it is not where we thought we would be for sure.”– San Diego Padres Team President Mike Dee in an interview with Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090"
Then this morning Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that the San Diego Padres are preparing for a big shakeup, as Ron Fowler the team’s executive chairman expressed in an e-mail to Fox Sports that changes could be imminent for the San Diego Padres.
"“At this time, we will not be discussing our situation with any parties outside of our senior management circle,” Fowler said. “That said, we are terribly disappointed in the team’s offense this year and staying the course (waiting for a turnaround) is becoming less appealing as the ugly losses continue.” -San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler to Fox Sports"
The San Diego Padres were viewed by many to have the potential to be a surprise team in Major League Baseball this season, but instead the San Diego Padres have the 3rd-worst record in baseball and their offense ranks last in runs, batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits and are on pace to be one of the Worst Offenses in MLB History.
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For the past few seasons Bud Black and Josh Byrnes have gotten away with the teams mediocre performance due to ownership change and low expectations. This season though while not everyone agreed that the Padres would be the surprise team in baseball, there was the expectation that this team with a franchise high $90.1 million payroll would be competitive and compete for a wild-card berth. Instead this team is one of the worst in baseball and the time has come for a change in Padres management.
I respect Bud Black and Josh Byrnes as good guys and experienced baseball minds, but the performance on the field is unacceptable and its time for them both to be relieved of their duties.