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Why Bud Black Should Not Be Fired for San Diego Padres' Dismal Season

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 8:  Yonder Alonso #23 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by manager Bud Black #20 after scoring during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on May 8, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJune 18, 2016

It seems as though every time a team has a disappointing season, falling below expectations, fans want to blame it on the manager.

For the San Diego Padres, the season can't end soon enough.

And it's only the end of May.

But, as we get closer to the All-Star break and beyond, there will start to be calls from fans for Padres brass to fire manager Bud Black.

For some reason, it's always the manager's fault that a team is not performing well.

I'm here to say that, regardless of the final outcome of the season, there are two reasons why Black should stay on as the manager of the Padres.

First, he didn't construct the team as it currently sits.

In most cases, managers don't make trades and sign players. They give general managers their inputs, and the GMs go from there.

You can't blame Black for the fact that GM Josh Byrnes traded away Mat Latos—his top starting pitcher.

Although the Padres did get a nice return in the form of Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal, Edison Volquez also came in that deal, and we've seen what a disaster he's been.

Then, the team traded away Anthony Rizzo, a given once Alonso came to town.

The second reason you can't fire Black is that the team of the future is either in its first year with the major league club or in Triple-A.

Pitchers Casey Kelly and Robbie Erlin, Grandal, outfielder Jedd Gyorko, and second baseman Cory Spangenberg are all expected to make their major league debuts next year.

Add in there Alonso and some other young guys, and the Padres are actually looking good for next year and beyond.

Black works well with the young players and will no doubt have this team making runs at the playoffs by next year or 2014. To say he needs to be fired because he's having a bad year is the wrong attitude.

Sometimes a new voice is needed, but this isn't one of those cases.

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