Padres name replacement for Bud Black

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Pat Murphy, Manager of the Tucson Padres visits with Rene Rivera #44 of the San Diego Padres prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on September 6, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres did not waste any time finding a new interim manager to replace Bud Black.

On Tuesday, the team announced Pat Murphy as the club’s interim manager for remainder of 2015 season.

Murphy, 56, is currently in his sixth season in the Padres organization, including parts of the last three seasons as the manager of the club’s Triple-A affiliate, where he has posted a combined 180-172 (.511) record.

With the Padres failing to meet elevated pre-season expectations spurred by a major upgrade of their on-field talent, the team fired manager Bud Black on Monday.

The club’s top brass had been considering the move for weeks, Padres General Manager A.J. Preller told reporters during a late-afternoon news conference in the home-team dugout at Petco Park.

“I think it was an evaluation process, really, of the last eight months,” he said.

Preller described the decision as a difficult one, calling Black a “tremendous person” and a “great baseball guy.”

Black, who was hired by the Padres in November 2006, was in the final year of his latest contract extension. Though the team never made the playoffs under his stewardship, he was named National League Manager of the Year in 2010.

This year, Black’s Padres have been notable underachievers, putting together a 32-33 record as of Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers — who lead by six games in the NL West — despite a team-record $109 million opening-day payroll swelled by the acquisitions of such top-tier players as Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris and James Shields.

“We’ve all seen so many inconsistencies, the ups and downs of this team,” Preller said.

Noting that Black “possesses a lot of the qualities you want in a good manager,” he said “it really wasn’t one thing” that made the team’s leadership decide to replace him.

“It was more really big picture,”  he said.

Preller said he has not given up on the 2015 Padres by any means.

“I still believe in this team a lot. … There’s still a lot of season left,” he said.

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