San Diego Padres manager Bud Black has to be held accountable for his team’s weak hitting and poor overall play, which has the ballclub reeling one game prior to the All-Star break. It comes down to the manager, and Black’s team isn’t getting the job done.
More misery came on Saturday in a 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, with Tim Lincecum recording the first no-hitter of his career. Ironically, it’s the eighth no-hitter the Padres have suffered in their history. San Diego is the only MLB franchise to not have a no-hitter in its books.
Right now, the Padres are not concerned with throwing no-hitters. They need to hit the ball to get some wins. They’re going to have to come out with a strong start after the All-Star break if they want to get back on track and make something of this season. It can still be done, but Black’s removal as manager may be necessary to make it happen.
The Padres, at 41-54, have to realize that with a 3-18 record the last 21 games, this season is all but done. Black has admitted his team is not getting the job done. Perhaps it’s not his fault, but whose job is it to make sure the team produces?
The Padres were 38-36 and then they couldn’t handle the next 21 games. If Black has a plan to get this team going again, he hasn’t been showing it lately. It wouldn’t hurt to make a managerial change right now.