Following four consecutive sub-.500 seasons as the manager of the San Diego Padres, Lexington native and former Kentucky Wildcat, Andy Green, was relieved from his position on Saturday.
Sitting on a record of 69-86, the Padres are on pace to finish with 90 or more losses for the fourth straight year. Green ends his tenure in San Diego with an overall record of 274-366 after he was hired back in Oct. 2015.
Green did not offer a comment on his firing (although he plans to in the future), but Padres General Manager A.J. Preller had this to say.
“I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons,” Preller said. “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. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.”
After excelling at Lexington Christain Academy during his high schools days, Green stayed in his hometown and played four seasons at the University of Kentucky from 1997-2000 where he still holds five school records. He was inducted in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame back in 2015.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the team cited “communication issues” as to what led to Green’s firing. Preller had this to offer about where the team stood with Green.
“When you look at the way the last two months … and what improvements are being made and how things were playing out on a daily basis, it just didn’t feel like we were going to get there with Andy as our manager,” said Preller, according to The San Diego Union-Trubine. “That’s a tough thing to say. Ultimately, we hire a manager and it’s my job to put players on the field. I’ve been beating myself up a lot over the course of the last few months. It just didn’t feel like this was going to work for the long-term.”
With only a week left remaining in the regular season, the Padres felt it was better to go ahead and begin building towards next year. The Padres have gone 1-9 in its previous 10 games.