The 2014 Major League Baseball season hasn’t gone nearly as well as the San Diego Padres had hoped, which called for a big change in management on Sunday as the team announced that they would be relieving Josh Byrnes of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager.
Through 75 games of this season, the Padres have lost a staggering 43 of them, so this was a move that ultimately everyone can see coming. In actuality, given how ineffective he has been at his job overall since being hired back in 2010, this was seen coming by some even before this season. The disappointing start to the season was more or less the icing on the cake.
In a brief statement the team released following the removal, they noted their desire to have a team competing on a more consistent basis.
“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.”
Furthermore, the search for a replacement will begin immediately.
“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.”
With Byrnes at the helm as general manager, taking over for Jeff Moorad in 2011, the team has compiled a record of just 184-215.