Good times in San Diego

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As I mentioned in the recaps, the Padres extended manager Bud Black yesterday.  Probably a good move.  Black appears to be well-liked in San Diego, and it’s not as if it’s his fault the Padres have the record they have.  How about actually giving him a big league squad before passing judgment, ya know?

More interesting news from San Diego is that the Jake Peavy trade is already paying dividends.  Last night Claton Richard turned in his second decent start since coming over — not spectacular, but certainly servicable and obviously good enough to win — and there may be more where that came from.

As a result of the Chad Gaudin trade, the Padres will need another starter next week.  Here’s GM Kevin Towers: “It’s going to be someone from Triple-A.  It might surprise you all.”

The most interesting name among the Padres’ current Triple-A starters is Aaron Poreda, a 22-year-old left-hander who also came to the Padres in the Peavy trade.  Ozzie Guillen saw fit to only use him in relief ten times in the month and a half he was on the big club in Chicago.  I understand wanting to protect him, especially given that the Sox have playoff hopes, but he should get a chance to start for the Padres.  That big outfield in Petco Park provides a lot of protection for a young pitcher, and it’s not as if the Padres have any pressure-filled games left on their schedule. The fact that I have him on my Scoresheet roster and would love to see him in the bigs is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

As for the other part of that trade?  Jake Peavy will probably make a rehab start on August 13th and could pitch in the majors on August 28th.  Though don’t be surprised if that gets pushed out further if the Sox fall out of the race between now and then.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.