Padres promote Pat Murphy to interim manager, replacing Bud Black

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Now we know why the Padres refused to grant the Brewers permission to have their Triple-A manager Pat Murphy join Craig Counsell’s overhauled MLB coaching staff last month: San Diego wanted to keep Murphy around to replace Bud Black.

Murphy has been named the Padres’ interim manager, stepping into the job after Black was fired in the middle of his ninth season. Black hasn’t had a winning record since 2010 and had an overall winning percentage of .477 in San Diego, but the front office overhauling the roster to create big and ultimately unrealistic expectations likely led to his taking the fall.

Murphy was Arizona State’s coach from 1995-2009, when he resigned amid NCAA investigations and took a job with the Padres. And now he is San Diego’s manager, at least through the end of this season.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.