Should Bob Melvin be on the hot seat?

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With the recent struggles of the San Diego Padres, should Bob Melvin be held responsible? 

The San Diego Padres are expected to win in 2023, and they are not. There is no sugar-coating that fact.

Traditionally, in the game of baseball, when a team fails to live up to expectations, people are held accountable.

The manager is more often than not sacrificed in an effort to motivate the squad. The Padres are at a crossroads in the season as they sit five games under .500, within half a game of last place in their division. This type of result is not acceptable. With the talent on the Padres’ roster, there are no excuses.

Is it time to even consider moving on from Bob Melvin? Is that even a possibility?

Bob Melvin was brought in to manage several personalities. His experience in the game is well-respected as the former catcher grinded his way through a major league career. Melvin is considered a “player’s manager” and one capable of handling multiple high-profile players with larger-than-life personalities. The Padres certainly have that on their roster.

The Oakland A’s allowed the Padres to pursue the veteran manager after the 2021 season. A.J. Preller and his staff wasted no time in signing the skipper after two failed experiments in Andy Green and Jayce Tingler. Both former Friar managers were hired with zero experience at the major league level when it came to running a team. That didn’t end well for the Padres.

Bob Melvin’s past reputation is that he gets results from lower-tiered rosters. The success he enjoyed in Oakland and Arizona dictated that fact.

In San Diego, the thought was- imagine what he could do with a team full of superstars?

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Melvin was supposed to help bring a winning culture to the Padres, and we experienced some of that last year as the Padres made it all the way to the NLCS. Without Fernando Tatis Jr. for the whole season, the Padres made it deep into the playoffs, and it set the tone for this 2023 season, which was supposed to be special.

There has been nothing special about this 2023 season. The nature of baseball is the manager is adored when a team wins and hated when a team loses.

Currently, Melvin may be bringing the ire of some fans around the Padres. But the reality is he is one of the best managers in the game of baseball.

The failures of the Padres may come down to roster construction, and that is not the fault of the manager. If fingers are pointed, it may be time to look at the Padres’ upper management and the deficiencies they have continually shown when it comes to improving the roster in critical areas.

Bob Melvin is certainly not pleased with the production from this current unit, but there is still time for improvement. A continued failed effort from this team will result in changes, but Bob Melvin arguably should not be one of them.

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