San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres named Pat Murphy as their interim manager on Tuesday.
Murphy had been the manager at the club's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso and takes over a day after Bud Black was fired. Bench coach Dave Roberts guided the Padres on Monday in a 9-1 loss to Oakland.
San Diego was expected to contend in the National League West following a busy offseason that saw new general manager A.J. Preller bring in players such as Matt Kemp, James Shields, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.
The Padres fell to 32-35 following a 6-5 loss to the A's on Tuesday.
Murphy joined the Padres' organization in 2010 after a 15-year run as head baseball coach at Arizona State. He was in his third year as the club's Triple-A manager, compiling a record of 180-172.
"Pat Murphy's 30 years of experience coaching and managing, and his success at every level, stood out to me as I came to this decision," said Preller in a statement Tuesday. "His leadership ability, his respect in the clubhouse and his familiarity with our system will make this transition a smooth one for our players and coaching staff."
Murphy led Arizona State to four College World Series appearances during his tenure from 1995-2009. He also coached at Notre Dame from 1988-94.
The 56-year-old spent his first season with the Padres in 2010 as a special assistant in baseball operations. He then managed the organization's Short-A Eugene club from 2011-12.
"He's shown that he's a guy that is going to talk to players, be up front and honest," Preller said before Tuesday's game. "He's shown he's been able to develop young players and has been able to manage veteran players at the Triple-A level."
Black was in his ninth year with San Diego and led the club to a record of 649-713, but the Padres never reached the playoffs during his tenure. He was named the 2010 National League Manager of the Year when the Padres barely missed the playoffs after a late collapse. San Diego also fell short in Black's first season of 2007, losing to Colorado in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card.