The Padres have formally announced that interim manager Pat Murphy will not return to the team as manager next season, and that they’ll look for a new manager to take his place. The decision was widely expected, with a report last night indicating that the team was already considering Triple-A manager and former Padres star Phil Nevin for the position.
Following a splashy offseason, the Padres got off to a disappointing 32-33 start and fired longtime manager Bud Black. Murphy took over in June and didn’t fare any better, going 42-54 as the team fell further out of contention. 2015 was Murphy’s first season as a big-league manager. Previously, he’d served as a head coach at Notre Dame and Arizona State before joining the Padres organization in 2010 and serving for several years as a manager in the minors.
It’s currently unclear whether Murphy will stay with the organization in some capacity. If he doesn’t, the Brewers might well have interest in him — as Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel notes (Twitter links), new Brewers manager Craig Counsell tried to hire Murphy earlier this season.
GM A.J. Preller will now have the opportunity to hire a manager for the first time. The Padres finished 74-88 after Preller traded away a number of top prospects to remake them last winter, and now they face the departures of Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy. One would think that the Padres manager position would not be a highly desirable one at this point, except insofar as any of the 30 managerial positions are desirable.