Padres Announce Organizational Changes
After a disappointing start to the 2014 season, in which the team lost 43 of its first 75 games, the Padres announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes has been relieved of his duties.
Byrnes, who was hired by then-owner Jeff Moorad in December of 2010, was promoted to general manager following the 2011 season.
In his two-plus years as General Manager, the Padres had a 184-215 record (.461), including 76-86 records in 2012 and 2013. The team released the following statement:
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced that they have relieved Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes of his duties.
“This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play,” said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. “Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today.”
“The search for a new General Manager begins immediately,” Dee said. “We are looking for someone who can define, direct and lead this franchise’s baseball philosophy for years to come.”
Until the role is filled, the “office of the general manager” will be comprised of Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and Assistant General Managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. on an interim basis.
The announcement capped off a tough week for the Padres organization as the franchise lost the iconic Tony Gwynn, who was memorialized at a private family ceremony on Saturday.
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