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Baseball: Padres dump GM Byrnes after woeful start

The San Diego Padres, struggling with the worst run production in Major League Baseball, fired general manager Josh Byrnes.

SAN DIEGO: The San Diego Padres, struggling with the worst run production in Major League Baseball, fired general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday.

At 32-43, the Padres stood 12 1/2 games behind National League West division leader San Francisco, their record the third-worst in the major leagues ahead of only Arizona and Tampa Bay.

San Diego managed only 224 runs over 75 games and the team is batting only .215.

"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for post-season play," Padres president Mike Dee said.

"Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change."

Byrnes had been given the general manager post in 2011 and the Padres responded with 76 victories in each of the next two seasons.

General manager duties will be spread on an interim basis between senior vice president of baseball operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers A J Hinch and Fred Uhlman.

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