The San Diego Padres have fired Bud Black.
The Padres announced that they would begin a search for an interim manager, but “until that process has concluded,” bench coach Dave Roberts will manage the team.
Entering Monday, the Padres were in third place in the National League West with a record of 32–33. Though they are just six games back of the division lead, the Padres entered the season with high expectations after signing pitcher James Shields and adding outfielders Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and catcher Derek Norris.
Black has managed San Diego since 2007. In 2010, which was the team's most successful season during his tenure, Black was named MLB's manager of the year. The Padres went 90–72 that season, the last time the team finished with a record over .500.
The Padres have gone 5–5 in their last 10 games, but have lost four of their last six. San Diego plays the Oakland Athletics on Monday at 10:10 p.m. ET.