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Padres hire Bob Melvin, continue tradition of redundancy

I'm sure there's a good reason why the Padres have decided to hire Bob Melvin without first firing our current manager, but it escapes me a little bit. I would have thought the days of hiring redundant positions were gone with the new ownership coming through, but I would have thought wrong.

Does this remind anybody else of when Moores and Alderson brought in Paul DePodesta (of whom we're big fans)? Not saying it wasn't nice to have the "brain trust" we had, but hiring people to unspecific positions doesn't really bode well for anybody.