Green, 41, was in his fourth season as Padres manager and finished with a 274-366 (.428) mark as the team's skipper.

Padres fire manager Andy Green in his fourth straight sub-.500 season


The Padres have fired manager Andy Green, general manager A.J. Preller announced Saturday, with just more than a week to go in another sub-.500 season.

The Padres enter Saturday's play 69-85 (.448), 30 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Bench coach Rod Barajas will serve as interim manager for the rest of the 2019 season.

Green, 41, was in his fourth season as Padres manager, having been hired on Oct. 29, 2015, and finishes with a 274-366 (.428) mark as the team's skipper. He had two years remaining on the contract extension he got in August 2017.

“I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons,” Preller said in a statement. “This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego."

Preller said the team's search for a new manager would begin immediately.

“Andy’s class, dignity and leadership through a difficult developmental period for our team should be applauded,” executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement. “On behalf of the entire Padres organization, we wish Andy and the Green family the best.”

Preller is scheduled to meet with the media before the team's home game Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

The Padres made big news in the offseason, signing Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract, and then brought top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to the majors to start the season, but neither could turn the Padres' fortunes. San Diego — which has struggled with injuries, inconsistent pitching and lack of offensive output — will miss the playoffs for the 13th straight season and finish below .500 for the fourth consecutive season under Green.

The Padres' 4.0 runs per game, .236 batting average and .695 OPS since 2016 were all the worst in MLB. That combined with a 4.62 team ERA was a recipe for a second-half collapse. San Diego was 45-45 at the All-Star Break, but has gone just 24-40 since.

The Padres' .428 winning percentage with Green is the fourth-worst in the majors since 2016, ahead of only the Tigers (.406), Orioles (.408) and Marlins (.427), according to ESPN Stats & Information

 

 



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