The San Diego Padres haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2006. At 32-44, if they are to turn things around, it’s going to be without Josh Byrnes as the club’s general manager. The Friars dismissed him from his position June 22. He was in the middle of his fourth season in his position. As of June 23, the position remains vacant.
It would be hard to say he hadn’t done things which made a positive impact on the organization. He made a deal with the Chicago Cubs to trade Anthony Rizzo for Andrew Cashner, who has had his moments of brilliance on the mound in a Padres uniform.
One of those came April 11 of this season against the Detroit Tigers. He blanked the team in what was his second career one-hit shutout and he sent 11 down on strikes. In his first year with the team, Seth Smith, acquired in the offseason from the Oakland Athletics, has had a nice little 2014 campaign so far. Finding Huston Street to be Heath Bell’s replacement also seemed like a good move.
With that being said, no one is perfect, either. It’s easy to scrutinize something in hindsight, but one may want to ponder what if he was able to trade Chase Headley after 2012? He finished 5th in NL MVP voting, won the NL RBI title and had what was, by far, the best season of his career and now, he isn’t even worth trading for, according to Neil Greenberg in a June 23 Washington Post blog.
Brynes also previously served as GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, when the team went to the NLCS in 2007, but he was fired in July 2010. Between 2005 and 2014, he’s presided over a team that has made one trip to the postseason. It’s hard to put all of the blame on him, since he wasn’t one of the player suiting up to take the field, but getting fired twice and only making the playoffs once does not seem the most promising.
In regards to this team, it’s not going to be easy as they’re 13.5 games back of first place of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. In addition to that, the team may be moving to the basement of the division- the Diamondbacks aren’t too far off of passing up San Diego.
From a more optimistic perspective of the club, they’re also not too far off of third place, either. Entering Monday, the Colorado Rockies have been on a slippery slope, dropping its last six straight. San Diego also could gain traction in the Wild Card race, which would belong to the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals if the season ended today. Some of the other teams in the hunt consist of the Atlanta Braves at 38-37, the Miami Marlins at 37-38, the Pittsburgh Pirates with an identical record to the Fish and the Cincinnati Reds with a 37-37 record. So while a 32-44 record isn’t great, per se, it’s still not too far off the win total of some of the aforementioned teams.
As far as Byrnes is concerned, he very well could get a third chance. He may even be worthy of one, since he’s done some positives. Still, if he gets hired again for another club and there’s not much progress in the team’s turnaround, then the third chance he get could potentially be his final one.