After firing Bud Black on Monday, the San Diego Padres have tabbed ex-Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy to be their new interim manager on Tuesday. He was previously the Padres’ Triple-A coach at El Paso.
If you recall, Murphy led the Sun Devils to four conference titles and two appearances in the College World Series. However, he left with the program in trouble amid a slew of violations. Murphy also managed at Notre Dame in his college coaching tenure.
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Murphy, 56, has been in the Padres organization since February 2010 after he was forced by ASU athletic director Lisa Love to resign in November 2009 over some recruiting violations—primarily involving improperly logged phone calls—as well as violations involving players working for Murphy’s non-profit youth athletic program, and other transgressions that were deemed “minor” when the then-Pacific-10 Conference investigated.
Murphy led the Irish to the NCAA regionals three straight years (1992-94) and compiled a 318-116 record in South Bend before departing for Arizona State before the ’95 season to replace the late Jim Brock.
Murphy was Baseball America‘s Coach of the Year in 1998 and went 629-284-1 at Arizona State. He will inherit a Padres’ team that is underachieving at 32-34 and is in fourth place in the National League West division. The Padres were expected to contend after acquiring stars Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and James Shields in the offseason.