Thursday, November 5, 2009

Does Baseball need a CAP ?

Does baseball need a salary cap? Would a salary cap as we currently know it work in MLB considering how the farm systems are intertwined into the mix ? Is the Luxury Tax the way to go, but simply not stiff enough ? Along with a hard top, should there also be a firm bottom that teams must remain above ?

Per the CBA
The Tax Threshold shall be $148 Million in the 2007 Contract Year, $155 Million in the 2008 Contract Year, $162 Million in the 2009 Contract Year, $170m in the 2010 Contract Year and $178m in the 2011 Contract Year

Top 10 team Payrolls in 2009 From CBS

2009 Team Payrolls
1.New York Yankees$201,449,289$7,748,050
2.New York Mets $135,773,988$4,849,071
3.Chicago Cubs$135,050,000$5,402,000
4.Boston Red Sox$122,696,000$4,089,867
5.Detroit Tigers$115,085,145$4,110,184
6.Los Angeles Angels$113,709,000$4,061,036
7.Philadelphia Phillies$113,004,048$4,185,335
8.Houston Astros $102,996,415$3,814,682
9.Los Angeles Dodgers$100,458,101$4,018,324
10.Seattle Mariners$98,904,167$3,532,292

Only one team has eclipsed the Luxury Tax, and they blew past it. Is there any shock that it's also the team that just won the World Series? It may sound like sour grapes, but how can small-mid market teams hope to compete with this kind of spending ? Is greater revenue sharing the answer? Should there be stiffer penalties such as loss of draft picks, or forfeiting your right to mid-season trades to go with it ?

One thing is certain, and that is that MLB is broken when ONE team can spend almost as much as the bottom 5 teams combined, and that needs to be fixed !

Play Ball !!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Moorad says AGon not being shopped

Moorad 1090am Interview today

Moorad this am on 1090 was asked about all the rumors swirling regarding their franchise player Adrian Gonzalez. Below is paraphrasing of course, but should give the flavor of how that conversation went.......

" Padres are NOT shopping AGon......"

" but it is policy to listen to any offer for any player, and has been here even during KT's reign....."

Moorad asked Jed if he thought Epstein was going to make a run at AGon.......Hoyer responded that he thinks Theo has cooled to that idea, is going another direction, and doesn't have the "inventory" to get it done anyway

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kevin Towers says AGon is on his way out

KT speaks out on Adrian Gonzalez's future with the Padres

NY Daily News

Sadly, the Padres must deal Gonzalez.

Revenue-sharing money simply isn't enough right now in their market, where a bad local TV package reaps only about $2million and they have $18 million a year in stadium debt. In addition, nobody knows how much it's costing new owner Jeff Moorad to complete his buyout of John Moores. "They're going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future," said recently fired Padres GM Kevin Towers, "and there's just no way they can devote half of that to one player. It's just a matter of when they decide to trade (Gonzalez)."

Rotoworlds spin on the same subject siting the same source

Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers says Adrian Gonzalez will be traded.
"They're going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future," said Towers in reference to his former team. "And there's just no way they can devote half of that to one player. It's just a matter of when they decide to trade (Gonzalez)." Gonzalez is set to make just $4.75 million in 2010 with a $5.5 million club option for 2011 before hitting the open market in 2012, so new Padres general manager Jed Hoyer could make out like a bandit in a potential trade. The Red Sox, Hoyer's former club, are rumored to have interest in the 27-year-old first baseman.
Well all I can say is that Hoyer better have one helluva return if he doesn't want the Padre fans to riot at Petco.

Play Ball !!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Hoyer Era has arrived

Jed Hoyer is the man for the job

10/25/09 12:48 AM ET

Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer has been chosen the next general manager of the Padres, a club source told on Saturday.

The Padres were not prepared to make a formal announcement during the weekend. But Hoyer, 35, is set to replace Kevin Towers, who was GM for 14 seasons before new Padres chief executive Jeff Moorad informed him near the end of the season that he would not be retained for 2010.

Hoyer will take over a young squad that went 33-25 during the last two months of the season, before finishing with a 75-87 record to take fourth place in the National League West in 2009.

Hoyer has spent his entire front-office career with the Red Sox, starting in 2002 as a baseball operations intern and becoming a baseball operations assistant the following year. Hoyer and Ben Cherington served briefly as co-GMs after the 2005 season when Theo Epstein was working through contract issues.

Play Ball !!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Asst. GM of the Yanks --> Dogs to GM of the Pads?

Ng interviewed this weekend

10/17/09 11:45 PM ET

Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng interviewed for the vacant general manger position with the Padres, a San Diego club official has confirmed to

Ng, who previously has interviewed for GM openings with the Dodgers and Mariners, was spotted having lunch with new Padres owner Jeff Moorad, and she was interviewed on Saturday.

Ng could be not reached by for comment.

The Padres are looking for a replacement for Kevin Towers, who was dismissed after 14 seasons with the National League West franchise.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

KT gone & Moorad wants a new GM by Nov. 1st

Moorad wants new GM by the end of Oct.

10/06/09 1:46 PM ET

The Padres' search for a new general manager pushes on, though that doesn't mean the team is uncovered in the front office in the interim.

Manager Bud Black, executive vice president Paul DePodesta and assistant GM Fred Uhlman Jr. have been asked by CEO Jeff Moorad to watch over the baseball-operations department until a replacement for Kevin Towers is found.

Towers, the longest-tenured GM in the Major Leagues, was dismissed on Saturday after spending the past 14 seasons as the Padres' GM. No interim GM was named.

"Between [Black, DePodesta and Uhlman], I am convinced there is ample experience and ability to react and respond to any baseball issues that occur during the interim period," Moorad said on Tuesday.

Moorad hopes to have a GM by the end of the World Series, though he qualified that by saying, "potentially sooner."

Play Ball !!!

Continuing to trim 40 roster down

4 more spots opened up on the 40man

10/13/09 2:05 PM ET

The Padres removed four players from the 40-man roster on Tuesday, including two -- catcher Eliezer Alfonzo and infielder Luis Rodriguez -- who elected free agency.

Alfonso, Rodriguez, pitcher Josh Geer and outfielder Drew Macias were all outrighted to Triple-A Portland. Alfonso and Rodriguez had the right to refuse the assignment.

Of the quartet, Rodriguez played the most for the Padres in 2009, batting .202 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 93 games. Over parts of five Major League seasons with the Twins and Padres (2008-09), the 29-year-old is a .243 hitter.

Play Ball !!!

Offseason trimmings

Padres started to mold the roster for off season moves

10/08/09 7:15 PM ET

The Padres on Thursday requested unconditional release waivers on right-handers Cha Seung Baek, Shawn Hill and outfielder Cliff Floyd and announced they had selected the contract of right-hander Eulogio De La Cruz from Triple-A Portland.

Meanwhile, right-hander Greg Burke underwent arthroscopic debridement on his right shoulder Wednesday in La Jolla, Calif. Burke, 27, made his Major League debut with the Padres this year and went 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

Baek, who is 16-18 in 59 career games with Seattle and San Diego, missed the entire 2009 season after being placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Hill went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in three starts for the Padres before having his season cut short with inflammation of his right elbow. Floyd had two hits in just 16 at-bats for San Diego.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Padres Outfield now and near future what to do ?

Too many OFer's, not enough other pieces ?

The Padres are entering a very interesting area with regards to their OF situation. Currently they have been trying hard to make a round peg fit a square hole in Chase Headley. Converting to a corner OF position is far from rare, but it only works if the player making this conversion has the athleticism to play anywhere, or simply hits the ball so well you forgive his defensive shortcomings. Chase does neither ! A 3rd baseman by trade, and by all accounts a pretty good one, he was asked last year to move to LF in order to get his bat into an anemic lineup hoping that by doing so both and Kouzmanoff could help Adrian Gonzalez drive in runs. That didn’t happen, and this season marks essentially the one year point, both in calendar and at bats, to this experiment. Quite frankly it’s been a disaster. So much so that the Padres finally asked Kyle Blanks, their top prospect at the time, who is a 1bman by trade to take his shot at the OF. Now there is a difference here between the two guys and it’s a bit crazy. Kyle Blanks is a behemoth of a man standing at 6’7” and weighing in somewhere between 265-280 (reports vary), but in very good shape. Fact is he’s just one huge human being, not fat, and is very athletic. He routinely shocks those that have never seen him by legging out a triple, or straight stealing a base off the catcher. The point is he can run well (not just for his size) is playing a very solid if not good OF (granted it’s a small sample so far), he’s shown a very strong accurate arm, and seems more comfortable in both LF and RF already compared to Chase who has had over a year to get acclimated. So the question becomes why in the world is Chase Headley still getting time in the OF, when better options are sitting on the bench ?

Now take into consideration the recent acquisition of Tony Gwynn Jr. to the roster. Obviously the name alone makes all Padre fans go a bit weak in the heart, but is he really in this teams long term plans?

Will Venable descends from good baseball stock, but his age, and experience make him a long shot player. He’s shown flashes of tremendous potential, and on a team in better shape, might stick as a 4th OFer for a couple years until he was ready, but can the Padres afford to waste time on a guy that really may never be more than just ok ?

Drew Macias is possibly one of the best fielding OFer’s in this system, but is a very light hitter. He can play all 3 OF positions, and appears better suited to come in off the bench. His future is more likely suited as a bench role player, and would be a great fit in the spacious Petco, where OF defense is a premium in late game maneuvers.

Ok those are the guys on the big league roster that might be in the mix for a starting position over the next few years, now lets talk about the farm system and what we have near ready and on the way.

AAA- There really aren’t too many guys that have a great chance to be ML impact type players. Huffman, Baxter & Cooper are all nice players, but none of them seems to have the stuff to really make in impact on this teams OF, and I’m not sure any of them are better than the guys already on the big league team right now in the OF. That alone is saying quite a bit about the caliber of player they currently are.

AA- Luis Durango is an Base stealing, OBP & hitting machine w/ very little power. He’s pegged as a speedy top of the lineup, stage setting type of hitter who very well could replace Tony Gwynn Jr. in CF as soon as next year, but more likely 2011.

Other guys at the lower levels that have to be considered within two years are :

Jaff Decker – This kid possess all 5 tools, is built to be a RFer. He can hit, hit for power, has a cannon, good range and deceptively good speed. His body type is not what you’d expect to be certain, but as the old saying goes “never judge a book by it’s cover”. Think a shorter, stockier, stronger Brian Giles, and you’ll get the visual.

Sawyer Carroll is a beast, and is starting to really make a name for himself. It really looks like they hit on a player in the draft when he was taken. He seems to have an excellent overall game as well, and could be manning one of the corner OF spots sooner than later.

Blake Tekkote is another guy to keep an eye on. He’s a fast CFer who brings excellent defensive skills to the table every night, and has the potential to hit for a high avg and obp.

Now the Draft 2009 –

Donovan Tate is the guy the Padres drafted with their 3rd overall pick. He’s a legit 5 tool stud with tremendous upside. If this kid is signed, he will undoubtedly be moved quickly though the system barring any setbacks, and could be staring at a 2011-12 entrance which further clogs this OF situation.

Williams is another OFer taken in the draft, considered to have + speed and be a legit HS power hitter, he could/should be easier to sign, but they could be waiting to see what Tate does and if he signs or not.

So to recap – Headley, Gwynn, Blanks, Venable, Macias, Huffman, Cooper, Baxter, Decker, Carroll, Tekkote, Tate, Williams (and this isn’t all, just the guys that are at, and could be impact type players, at the ML level)

Play Ball !!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dog Days are here !!!

-The Dog Days of Summer-

In a typical season many guys will start to hit that proverbial wall come late July when the weather starts to heat up and personal endurance is put to it’s first real test, the bats seem heavier, feet seem slower, the arm is a little sore, and the sweat comes like an unwelcome rain storm. These days are known more commonly as the Dog Days of Summer and can last into September. The good news for Padre fans is that this shouldn't be much of an issue this year. The bad news is that it’s not because their players are that much better conditioned, but instead it’s because of the revolving door of players used again this season.

While every team suffers injuries throughout a sports season, it appears that the Padres again have pissed off the baseball gods and are going for back to back record injury seasons. To lend some perspective on this at one point in the first half of this season they had lost their :

  1. -#1 pitcher and Staff Ace
  2. -#2 pitcher
  3. -#3 pitcher
  4. -#4 pitcher
  5. -starting SS
  6. -back up SS
  7. -Starting 2bag
  8. -backup 2bag
  9. -super utility player that is essentially the 3rd back up option for the IF/OF
  10. -4th OFer and scheduled DH for interleague
  11. -starting catcher
  12. -back up catcher
  13. -starting LFer
  14. -multiple key bullpen arms

It’s truly been another amazing ride to watch this team be completely ravaged by injuries for a second year in a row. I do my best not to offer up excuses, but I’m sorry even a large market team, with extreme revenues and a monster farm system couldn’t overcome this kind of loss, and expect to compete for very long.

Now you might be on the side that thinks that most of the players that hit the DL weren’t very good to begin with. To that I’d simply say at least they were big league players already, not AA and AAA unproven green prospects.

Personally I enjoy watching the future play, but what I don’t enjoy is watching them all play at the same time on the big league club with no chance of keeping up with established big leaguers, because they should be in either AA or AAA developing. It’s par for the course to bring up players and give them their proverbial “cup-o-coffee” when rosters expand, or to fill in occasionally while someone is on the DL. Where this goes sideways is when your entire starting roster (essentially) is on the DL, and you have to promote so many guys, just to field a team, that ultimately you end up fielding a minor league club.

I realize the dynamics surrounding this franchise, it’s ownership change, the cause spurring the sale, the ousting of Sandy Alderson, and I have been one of the few outspoken that continue to support the team, while trying not to turn into a Chicken Little crying “the sky is falling”, but it’s hard to keep that stiff upper lip when you’re watching a team continuously getting their teeth kicked in on and off the field. I just hope that Jeff Moorad and Co. have a really good idea of how to fix this without rocking a boat already treading turbulent waters. I hope they realize what a blessing Adrian Gonzalez is to this franchise specifically. What a marketing wet dream he is for San Diego especially, and that he should be the poster child in an attempt to fight tooth and nail for a huge share of the market to the south, thus increasing our market size and overall revenue intake. If they trade this guy (specifically) away, I’m not sure it will matter what comes back in return, because they will have killed any chances of successfully marketing to Mexico, and this franchise might not recover. Adrian Gonzalez is the single best marketing tool we could ever hope for to target Mexican fans, and Mexico overall as a revenue stream, and he’s already here……DON’T SCREW THIS UP !!!

I continue to say this, maybe not enough here however. This team has talent at the big league level it’s just very young and inexperienced. That will change, but it still requires, and for a large part is lacking, direction and leadership. Whether or not that leadership will come from the coaching staff or the players remains to be seen, but something has to happen to change this truly uninspiring brand of baseball we have here now.

Play Ball !!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Draft picks that have signed to date

Donavan R Tate CF R /R 6'02" 184 1990-09-27 1 3
Everett E Williams CF L /R 5'10" 200 1990-10-01 2 52
Gerald M Sullivan RHP R /R 6'04" 220 1988-01-18 3 83 6/24/09
Keyvius N Sampson RHP R /R 6'00" 185 1991-01-06 4 114
Jason T Hagerty C S /R 6'03" 220 1987-09-13 5 144 6/24/09
James P Needy RHP R /R 6'06" 205 1991-03-30 6 174
Miles T Mikolas RHP R /R 6'05" 220 1988-08-23 7 204 6/24/09
Nathan S Freiman 1B R /R 6'08" 220 1986-12-31 8 234 6/14/09
Christopher W Fetter RHP R /R 6'07"
1985-12-23 9 264 6/14/09
Ryan M Hinson LHP L /L 6'03" 225 1987-05-12 10 294 6/24/09
Andrew J Madrigal RHP R /R 6'02" 200 1989-01-16 11 324
Brayden Drake 3B R /R 5'11" 195 1987-04-17 12 354 6/14/09
Matt Vern 1B R /R 6'03" 215 1986-11-08 13 384 6/14/09
Nicholas R Greenwood LHP R /L 6'01" 177 1987-09-28 14 414 6/24/09
Matthew C Lollis RHP R /R 6'07" 230 1990-09-11 15 444
Griffin D Benedict C L /R 6'01" 195 1987-07-04 16 474 6/14/09
Jorge L Reyes RHP S /R 6'03" 195 1987-12-07 17 504
Shuhei Fujiya RHP R /R 6'03" 180 1987-08-12 18 534
Christopher G Tremblay SS R /R 5'10"
1986-11-13 19 564 6/14/09
John Wooten 3B R /R 6'04" 190 1991-01-19 20 594
Kendall A Korbal RHP R /R 6'06" 205 1988-11-20 21 624
Cody Decker 1B R /R 5'10" 205 1987-01-17 22 654 6/14/09
Jeff J Ibarra LHP L /L 6'06" 185 1987-08-18 23 684 6/14/09
Benjamin K Davis CF R /R 6'00" 185 1985-08-28 24 714 6/24/09
Michael T Wright CF R /R 6'01" 235 1987-08-10 25 744 6/14/09
Kevin X Winn 2B L /R 5'11" 185 1987-06-05 26 774 6/14/09
Cameron M Monger CF R /R 6'02" 210 1988-08-05 27 804 6/24/09
Vince Belnome 2B L /R 5'11" 205 1988-03-11 28 834 6/14/09
Robert Poutier RHP R /R 6'04" 190 1985-10-21 29 864 6/24/09
Wande O Olabisi LF R /R 6'00" 212 1988-03-18 30 894 6/14/09
Matthew Jackson RHP R /R 6'03" 170 1987-12-18 31 924 6/14/09
David Erickson RHP R /R 6'00" 190 1986-02-09 32 954 6/14/09
Jonathan F Berger RHP R /R 6'02" 215 1987-01-18 33 984 6/14/09
Joshua L Cephas RHP R /R 6'00" 195 1987-04-17 34 1014
Adalberto Santos OF R /R 5'10" 184 1987-09-28 35 1044
Dylan C Tonneson C R /R 6'03" 220 1987-09-05 36 1074 6/24/09
Gaspar Santiago LHP L /L 6'00" 200 1989-09-23 37 1104
Kyle R Loretelli OF R /L 5'11" 185 1986-06-30 38 1134 6/14/09
Chris G Ahearn SS R /R 5'11" 180 1986-05-08 39 1164 6/14/09
Tom Porter RHP R /R 6'01" 185 1986-11-11 40 1194 6/14/09
Dane J Hamilton 2B L /R 6'02" 195 1986-09-26 41 1224
Rey G Delphey RHP R /R 5'10" 195 1990-10-19 42 1254
Chadd Hartman LF L /R 6'00" 195 1986-11-09 43 1284 6/14/09
Ryan Skube 2B R /R 5'11" 175 1991-03-26 44 1314 6/14/09
Derek Landis RHP R /R 6'06" 180 1989-08-27 45 1344
Mykal D Stokes CF R /R 6'02" 170 1990-06-02 46 1374
Zach Thomas LHP R /L 6'02" 200 1990-10-03 47 1404
Andrew R Ruck CF L /R 5'11" 185 1991-05-20 48 1434
Brett Holland RHP R /R 6'01" 185 1987-06-30 49 1464 6/14/09
Brett K Basham C R /R 6'02" 195 1986-09-08 50 1494 6/14/09

103 pop for PED's

Rotoworld has supplied what is being said to be the 2003 list of players that popped for PED's..... Most of the names wont shock anyone........grain of salt the list since it's unconfirmed......but think about many names have surfaced for PED's and been innocent ?

Rumored 2003 Steroid list leaks out? at on June 29, 2009

Rumored 2003 Steroid List (UNCONFIRMED RUMOR)

1.Nomar Garciaparra
2.Manny Ramirez
3.Johnny Damon
4.Trot Nixon
5.David Ortiz
6.Shea Hillenbrand
7.Derek Lowe
8.Pedro Martinez
9.Brian Roberts
10.Jay Gibbons
11.Melvin Mora
12.Jerry Hairston
13.Jason Giambi
14.Alfonso Soriano
15.Raul Mondesi
16. Aaron Boone
17.Andy Pettitte
18.Jose Contreras
19.Roger Clemens
20.Carlos Delgado
21.Vernon Wells
22.Frank Catalanotto
23.Kenny Rogers
24.Magglio Ordonez
25.Sandy Alomar
26.Bartolo Colon
27.Brent Abernathy
28.Jose Lima
29.Milton Bradley
30.Casey Blake
31.Danys Baez
32.Craig Monroe
33.Dmitri Young
34.Alex Sanchez
35.Eric Chavez
36.Miguel Tejada
37.Eric Byrnes
38.Jose Guillen
39.Keith Foulke
40.Ricardo Rincon
41.Bret Boone
42.Mike Cameron
43.Randy Winn
44.Ryan Franklin
45.Freddy Garcia
46.Rafael Soriano
47.Scott Spiezio
48.Troy Glaus
49.Francisco Rodriguez
50.Ben Weber
51.Alex Rodriguez
52.Juan Gonzalez
53.Rafael Palmeiro
54.Carl Everett
55.Javy Lopez
56.Gary Sheffield
57.Mike Hampton
58.Ivan Rodriguez
59.Derrek Lee
60.Bobby Abreu
61.Terry Adams
62.Fernando Tatis
63.Livan Hernandez
64.Hector Almonte
65.Tony Armas
66.Dan Smith
67.Roberto Alomar
68.Cliff Floyd
69.Roger Cedeno
70.Jeromy Burnitz
71.Moises Alou
72.Sammy Sosa
73.Corey Patterson
74.Carlos Zambrano
75.Mark Prior
76.Kerry Wood
77.Matt Clement
78.Antonio Alfonseca
79.Juan Cruz
80.Aramis Ramirez
81.Craig Wilson
82.Kris Benson
83.Richie Sexson
84.Geoff Jenkins
85.Valerio de los Santos
86.Benito Santiago
87.Rich Aurilia
88.Barry Bonds
89.Andres Galarraga
90.Jason Schmidt
91.Felix Rodriguez
92.Jason Christiansen
93.Matt Herges
94.Paul Lo Duca
95.Shawn Green
96.Oliver Perez
97.Adrian Beltre
98.Eric Gagne
99.Guillermo Mota
100.Luis Gonzalez
101.Todd Helton
102.Ryan Klesko
103.Gary Matthews

Monday, June 15, 2009

Draft Picks that have signed so far ...

Reports are saying that these guys have been signed already........Nice start ....Keep'um signing....

8th, Nate Frieman, 1B
9th, Chris Fetter, RHP
12th, Brayden Drake, 3B
16th, Griffin Benedict, C
19th, Chris Tremblay, SS
22nd, Cody Decker, 1B
23rd, Jeffrey Ibarra, LHP
25th, Ty Wright, OF
26th, Kevin Winn, 2B
28th, Vince Belnome, 2B
30th, Wande Olabisi, OF
31st, Matt Jackson, RHP
32nd, David Erickson, RHP
33rd, Jon Berger, RHP
38th, Kyle Loretelli, CF
39th, Chris Ahearn, SS
40th, Thomas Porter, RHP
43rd, Chadd Hartman, OF
44th, Ryan Skube, 2B
49th, Brett Holland, RHP
50th, Brett Basham, C

Play Ball !!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

2009 Draft Results so far....

1-#3 - Donovan Tate CF/OF - 6'2" 184lbs R/R - Tough signing, but is a legit 5 tooler ... Ttailor made for Petco

2-#52- Everett Williams CF/OF - 5'10" 200lbs L/R - Should have gone higher in draft, and might be a steal of a pick. He's also tailor made for Petco

3-#83- Gerald Sullivan RHP - 6'4" 220lbs
4-#114-Keyvius Sampsom - RHP - 6'0" 185lbs R/R
5-#144-Jason Hagerty - C - 6'3" 220lbs S/R
6-#174- James Needy - RHP - 6'6" 205lbs R/R
7-#204- Miles Mikolas - RHP - 6'5" 220 lbs R/R
8-#234- Nathan Freiman - 1b - 6'8" 220lbs R/R
9#264- Christopher Fetter - RHP - 6'7" ?lbs R/R

Rest of the picks to this point---

10. Ryan Hinson - LHP - Clemson University
11. Andrew Madrigal - RHP - San Jacinto JC
12. Brayden Drake - INF - Missouri State University
13. Matt Vern - INF - Texas Christian University
14. Nicholas Greenwood - LHP - University of Rhode Island
15. Matthew Lollis - RHP - Riverside CC
16. Griffin Benedict - C - Georgia Southern University
17. Jorge Reyes - RHP - Oregon State University
18. Shuhei Fujiya - RHP - University of Northern Iowa
19. Christopher Tremblay - INF - Kent State University
20. John Wooten - INF - Eastern Wayne HS
21. Kendall Korbal - RHP - Blinn College
22. Cody Decker - INF - UCLA
23. Jeff Ibarra - LHP - Lee University
24. Bo Davis - OF - University of Southern Mississippi
25. Ty Wright - OF - Georgian Southern University
26. Kevin Winn - INF - Louisiana Tech University
27. Cameron Monger - OF - University of New Mexico
28. Vince Belnome - INF - West Virginia University
29. Robert Poutier - RHP - University of Virginia
30. Wande Olabisi - OF - Stanford University

I'll try to get more on each of these guys, along with additional updates as I get them.

Play Ball !!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Farm Update

Sources are reporting that the Padres have made two minor league player moves

Mat Latos has been promoted from Low A to AA San Antonio
Will Inman was promoted from AA San Antonio to AAA Portland

Good luck guys

Play Ball !!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

First month in review

Well it's been a while since my last post, and I apologize for that but the ole laptop ain't what it used to be...... and I had to replace that boat anchor before getting on with things.

The 2009 season started out with a bang, however that fast start that looked so promising quickly died off, and the fears of many that this team might not be able to compete surfaced once again. It also appears that some players have finally reached the end of their careers, as their proverbial tank seems empty and a time for change is at hand. So lets take a look at what we've got working here. I don't plan to cover everyone, only some of the key players......or players that were at least supposed to be key.

I think I'll start with the good and go from there.

Adrian Gonzalez- .294 / .388 / .629 as of May 18th
Adrian is quite simply tearing up the NL so far. He's leading all of MLB in HR's, racking up the RBI and doing all this while the guys surrounding him are offering up virtually zero protection. This is just a testimony of how incredibly good this guy really is. Jeff Morrad when questioned about getting him signed to a long term deal in the next few years was quoted as saying "why wait that long". Hopefully this is exactly what happens and Padre fans can look forward to watching this amazing player for years to come.

A Scott Hairston- .340 / .390 / .577 as of May 18th
Scott has done nothing short of everything asked of him this year, and then some. He started the year as the 4th OFer giving a guy a day off here and there, but that didn't last long, as he proved far too valuable to leave on the bench. Now he's starting daily either in CF or LF but starting daily nontheless. I think most are of the opinion now that no matter where he plays, one thing is certain, he needs to play every day.

And that wraps up the positives on position players....... pretty sad if you ask me.....Now for the ugly and I'm not going to dwell much on this as most of it's been said in virtually every medium imaginable.

F Brian Giles - .173 / .263 / .252
Career is over, time has come, pull the plug, he's killing this team. As sad as it is to say this, it all might be very well true. Brian has become a black hole in the lineup, and is off to the worst start of his career. Now he's been known to start slowly, but never like this. It will take one of the most amazing June's on to even bring his #'s back to some form of respectablity, and I doubt he'll get the chance..... At least not with the Padres......

F Kevin Kouzmanoff - .237/.289/.338
Kevin quite possibly is playing for his position at the ML level. He's been the other hole in the lineup to go with Brian Giles, and until this last weekend was showing NO signs of correcting his issues. He's walking a thin line on this team when you consider the OF depth, and the fact that Chase Headley's natural position is 3b. It's my opinion that he's playing in his final days as a Padre, and I can only hope that this team gets something in return for him and that he's not just outright released.

F Goes to the entire bullpen except for Heath Bell

A Heath Bell -
Heath in his first season as the Padres closer had to take over some pretty big shoes, and has done so pretty flawlessly. Now he's being asked to work more than just 1 inning at a time, since he's about the only bullpen arm that is reliable.

B Jake Peavy-
Showing flashes of what we've all come to expect, he hasn't settled into his consistantly dominant self yet. There is still time, but with little offense it's tough for even a legitmate staff ace to gather up wins. I also still believe that his time in the WBC factored into the way things have been going for him.

B Chris Young -
So far he's putting on a pretty solid season. Not much good or bad to say about him, so I wont.

So with a couple decent starters, a couple decent starting pitchers, one reliable bullpen arm and a payroll limitation for the season it's becoming very hard for some to remain optimistic for the 2009 and even the 2010 season. I for one am able too......I see some promise in a few of the guys on the big league club, and I also see some great potential in a few of the prospects already in AAA. KT has commented on a few, and has said that they could be up with the big league club sooner rather than later........ So keep the faith and don't go into chicken little mode.......

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Padres snag Luis Perdomo

This is a great p/u in this fans opinion


Padres Claim Luis Perdomo

According to's Corey Brock and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Padres claimed pitcher Luis Perdomo off waivers from the Giants today. Perdomo, a Rule 5 pick from the Cardinals, was designated for assignment by the Giants a few days ago. Perdomo will turn 25 soon; he'll try to make the jump from Double A to the Majors.

Perdomo was the Cardinals' return from the Indians for Anthony Reyes last summer. Baseball America says he throws 93-95 with an "average-to-plus slider."

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Elsinore's got company this weekend

Monday, April 6, 2009


Jake Peavy takes the bump vs. the dreaded arch rivals from L.A. the Dodgers...... Jake has utterly dominated the Dodgers since arriving in San Diego, and hopefully that dominance will continue as they take them on even with the addition of ManRam to the new look opening day lineup.

Today's lineup looks like this :
Gerut, CF0000000.000
Eckstein, 2B0000000.000
Giles, RF0000000.000
Gonzalez, A, 1B0000000.000
Kouzmanoff, 3B0000000.000
Headley, LF0000000.000
Blanco, H, C0000000.000
Rodriguez, L, SS0000000.000
Peavy, P0000000.000

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Could the Rays and Padres be on the verge of a trade ?

The Padres have been desperate to say the least for pitching. The Rays seem on the verge of having to expose a couple of their young arms that are out of options. It seems a perfect match, so is something going down ?

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jeff Niemann and Jason Hammel aren't letting their head-to-head competition get in the way of their friendship.

One of the two former Biscuits will be Tampa Bay's No. 5 starter when the season starts next week. The other could be in the bullpen or, possibly, in a different uniform and with another organization.

The St. Petersburg Times reported Monday that the Rays are talking with the San Diego Padres about a potential trade involving either Niemann or Hammel.

Both are making their final statements this week -- a decision could come any day -- but it won't spark a rift between them.

"We will always love each other," Hammel said. "We've played together for a long time and at a lot of levels."


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Strasburg Update

103mph at age 20--- How hard will he throw ?

Taking a minute here to update you all on Steven Strasburg who is going to be the #1 ranked prospect in the nation come draft time. The Uber Phenom has been abusing the collegiate ranks this year racking up the K's and regularly hitting triple digits on the radar gun,. He's even been clocked as high as 103mph. At the bottom is a video of a strikeout he recorded last Friday night vs. BYU. On the season he has more than 70 k's in less than 35 innings.......yeah think about that for a second...

SAN DIEGO – The radar gun blinks wildly. It’s not used to this. No one makes it strain to read out a third digit. It looks like binary code, not the speed of a pitch from a 20-year-old kid: 101.

It keeps showing up, 101 again and again, and as scouts peek at the number, they ask aloud what everyone else in the baseball world wonders: Will Stephen Strasburg someday throw a baseball harder than anyone has before?

Two men holding radar guns as well as his pitching coach said he has touched 103 mph this season. Only three others have done that, and all were major league relief pitchers, not juniors in college. Strasburg is a starter for San Diego State, and his velocity levels off in triple digits, something never seen, not from Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson or any of the modern fireballers since the advent of the radar gun.

So it’s no surprise that Strasburg is dominating college like no pitcher ever has. He has 74 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings, meaning only 29 outs have come via batted ball. He fanned 23 batters in one game last year, and in seven outings with Team USA last summer, culminating with the Beijing Olympics, he struck out 62 in 41 innings.

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Moorad takes over CEO role as of today.....

Sandy Alderson did many things for the Padres, but it appears will be remembered by many as the man at the helm during the 99 loss season. With the first part of the sale of the Padres Jeff Moorad takes over the duties and role of CEO as of today.

"I am excited about joining the Padres and am honored to be part of the transition of ownership of this great franchise," said Moorad. "The Padres have a rich tradition, both on the field and in the community. I am anxious to do all that I can to extend the legacy and join San Diegans as a proud member of the Friar Faithful."

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Some batting cage video shorts

I also took a load of short batting cage videos in the hopes of showing you the mechanincs of some of the guys swings..... Hope the come across well enough in a blogs shrunk down version.....Enjoy

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pictures from Training Camp

Planet Padres was at Spring Training again this year. While I'm no photographer, I did take some shot I thought you all might enjoy.... There will be more to come, along with video of players in the cages so you can see their swings and mechanics. Hope you enjoy.

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Duaner Sanchez snatched up by Padres

As if to answer the bullpen issues, KT makes what could be a key find and nice addition to Petco's arsenal.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- When asked Tuesday how surprised he was that the Mets gave him his outright release last week, new Padres relief pitcher Duaner Sanchez didn't hesitate for a second in formulating a response.

"One hundred percent," Sanchez said.

It's been a whirlwind week for Sanchez, who signed a Minor League deal to pitch for the Padres just five days after being dumped by the Mets, who expressed concerns about the velocity the 29-year-old right-hander had shown thus far.

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Padres bullpen takes another hit

Mark Worrell came over from St. Louis in the Khalil Greene trade and it was hopeful that Towers had found another diamond bullpen arm in the rough. Time will tell, but for now he's on the rack. Lets hope it's not too serious

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres' bullpen took another hit Wednesday, and that was before their game against the Rangers.

Manager Bud Black said that right-handed reliever Mark Worrell, expected to make the team as a late-inning specialist, will be sidelined indefinitely with soreness in his elbow.

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'Time Out' with Todd Kaufmann

Time Out with Todd Kaufmann

Todd Kaufmann
Beat Writer for Planet Padres

For the San Diego Padres, it’s time to start making some final decisions on their roster. Believe me, they have a lot of work to do in that area, especially with the back two spots in their starting rotation. What we know, at this point, is Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Cha Seung Baek have the first three spots in the rotation shored up, but the fourth and fifth spot have yet to be decided. Those two spots could come down to right-handers Kevin Correia and Josh Geer, but the Padres need to see more from both before they are handed to them.

Speaking of Jake Peavy, he was in the news this past weekend but for a reason that makes Padre fans cringe. Peavy allowed six runs, all earned, in just two innings of work in an embarassing 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico on Saturday, a game that was stopped early for the Mercy Rule…ouch. Heath Bell also saw action in the game and didn’t fare much better, giving up one run in his one inning of work, the two Padre pitchers combined for three innings of work and seven earned runs. You can make an argument for both of these guys, saying they’re still in Spring Training mode and they’re not at 100% levels, but that won’t help Team USA if they are eliminated early….again.

Also news worthy was the Padres’ signing of former Mets’ right-hander Duaner Sanchez to a minor league deal on Sunday. You might remember Sanchez being a lights out pitcher before he was involved in a car accident that put his career in jeopardy a few years ago, but the 29-year-old is trying to make a comeback and will try to earn a bullpen spot for San Diego. There’s no question this kid can pitch, as he’s shown in the past, but can he get back to the form he once had or be effective at all? Sanchez will get some work in the last few weeks of Spring Training to show Padres’ brass if he’s worth keeping around for the start of the 2009 season.

A few final notes before we close things out. Young first baseman, and one of the Padres’ top prospects, Kyle Blanks has been tearing up Spring Training. The soon to be 23-year-old is batting .325 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s in 40 total at bats. He is slated to start the year in AAA-Portland, but could be called on quickly if there’s an injury to current first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The question, though, becomes this. Who do the Padres want to keep long term? Will they sign Adrian to a long term deal and hope they can turn Blanks into an outfielder a la Chase Headley, or will they let Adrian walk in free agency and allow Blanks to become their new franchise first baseman? That’s a question that will be asked by a lot of Padre fans as Adrian Gonzalez gets closer to free agency.

Thanks as always Todd

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First wave of cuts and reassignments

Padres make their first wave to moves this spring as follows...... Not too many shockers here.

UT's Link

March 17, 2009, 4:37 p.m.

The Padres' clubhouse was a busy place today. Eleven players were sent out, leaving the club with 45 players in major league camp. Among the players reassigned to minor league camp are right-handed pitchers Chris Britton and Matt Buschmann, infielder Peter Ciofrone, catcher Mitch Canham and outfielder Cedric Hunter. Managre Bud Black said the club has told Britton that he is free to pursue a job elsewhere.

Right-handed pitchers Cesar Carrillo and Mike Ekstrom, left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc and infielder Travis Denker have been optioned to Triple-A Portland. Outfielder Luis Durango and left-handed pitcher Jackson Quezada have been optioned to Single-A Lake Elsinore. Quezada, a closer, hasn't faced any hitters since getting to camp; he is nursing a sore shoulder.

The Padres now have 45 players in major league camp. Expect a lot more movement. Not only will several players be shipped out before Opening Day, the Padres are shopping the bottom end of several pitching staffs in anticipation of making a cheap acquisition.

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Kyle Blanks to take fly balls FINALLY !!!

Kyle Blanks, the Padres top prospect, is blocked by Adrian Gonzales at first base. For a couple years now many have tossed the idea around of moving Blanks to LF to see if he could play the out field with the idea of getting both he and AGon in the same lineup. Blanks is a very large man, and possesses a unique set of skills. He's 6'6" 270lbs, yet he can run remarkably well and is considered to have league avg. speed, which is very good. Bill Bryk of the Padres called him Big Hondo once, and that is exactly what they might have in Blanks. Well it looks like they will finally find out if the big man can catch a fly ball or two, lets all hope there is a chance of keeping this guy around. It will only make this team better if we can have both he and AGon in the same lineup.


March 17, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

General Manager Kevin Towers said Padres prospect Kyle Blanks, who is blocked by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, will take fly balls in left field before his games in Triple-A this season.

Blanks will stay at first base, Towers said, but the club wants to see how he responds to flyballs. The idea is to explore another way to get Blanks' bat into the lineup down the road, and Towers said he broached the subject today with Grady Fuson, the director of scouting and player development.

"We're not going to stick him in the outfield," he said. "We may hit him some flyballs in pregame, see how he does."

Blanks, a 6-foot-6 285-pounder, said last month that he would like to develop his outfield skills if it would help his career. He has appeared in left twice as a professional, in 2005 with an entry-level club.

Towers also said Blanks "truly has been the one bright spot of spring training." The Padres' No. 1 prospect in The San Diego Union-Tribune's organizational rankings, Blanks has batted .341 with four doubles, three home runs, six walks and 14 strikeouts in 44 at-bats.

"This guy's legit," Towers said. link
PEORIA, Ariz. -- There hasn't been a whole lot of positives for the Padres during the first 17 games of the Cactus League season, though general manager Kevin Towers isn't hard-pressed to come up with his personal favorite -- first baseman Kyle Blanks.

"For me, he's been the highlight of the spring," Towers said on Tuesday after Blanks had two hits, raising his average to .341.

The Padres fell to the Angels, 12-7, on Tuesday, dropping their Cactus League record to 4-10-3.

The 22-year-old Blanks is making the most of his extended playing time this spring with Gold Glove and All-Star Adrian Gonzalez off playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Team Mexico was eliminated by Cuba on Monday, which means Gonzalez could be back in Peoria as soon as Wednesday. But that won't mean the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Blanks will be headed to Minor League camp.

"He's forcing our hand with the way he's playing," said Towers, who likes that Blanks has done a majority of his damage against frontline starters, not Minor Leaguers. "If he keeps it up, we're going to have to find a spot for him."

Blanks, who has played the outfield in the Minor Leagues on just two occasions, won't turn 23 until September.

Finding a spot for Blanks, the Padres' Minor League Player of the Year in 2008, will not be easy, not with Gonzalez entrenched at first base for the foreseeable future.

There may be a move afoot for Blanks to get some time in the outfield, though it will not likely happen anytime soon, said Towers, who spoke with Grady Fuson, vice president of scouting and player development, about that issue earlier Tuesday.

Towers said he doesn't want to mess with Blanks' confidence right now by asking him to start taking fly balls in Arizona. If the Padres do decide to see how Blanks looks in the outfield, then it would likely be once the Triple-A season begins at Portland.

And, as Towers cautioned, it would start by "taking fly balls before games" before it ever got to the point where Blanks would appear in a game in the outfield.

For now, Blanks, who leads the team in at-bats (44), runs (11), total bases (15), doubles (four), home runs (three) and is tied for first in RBIs (nine), will stick to playing first base, though it might not be at the frequency he had been.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All I can say is that IT'S ABOUT FRIGG'N TIME !!!

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Monday, March 9, 2009

'Time Out' with Todd Kaufmann

Taking another TO

Todd Kaufmann
Beat Writer for Planet Padres

Ok, so this is supposed to be my weekly article where I tell you what’s going through my baseball driven mind. Last week, I took a shot at the Dodgers and it turns out they ended up signing Manny Ramirez after all. Following that, I gave advice to A-Rod and in a cruel twist of irony, he could be on the shelf until May with a torn labrum in his hip. Not to rub salt in the wound there A-Rod, but when you decided to go from playing for Team USA in 2006 to the Dominican Republic in 2009 because you thought it gave you a better chance at winning, karma bit you in the ass. Let’s not get this twisted, though, noone on Team USA is going to miss you, you performed as well for them as you do for the Yankees in crunch time.

Ok, now that my usual, ‘un-Padre’ rant is out of the way, let’s get to them Padres shall we? I’m going to start with something I’ve tried to do in the past and I realized just how ridiculous it was to even attempt it. What is that thing you ask? Making pre-season predictions based on last season’s numbers. Don’t tell it’s based on more than that, because it’s really not. Yes, teams make trades, free agent signings, but then you look at those players on new teams, you look at their numbers last season, then guess at how they’ll do on their new teams, add a few wins here and there or perhaps a few losses, tally all that up and put a number out there. One problem, pre-season predictions are just like pre-season college football polls, they’re not worth their grain in salt. The reason I bring that up is, everything I read from fans and “experts” say the Padres will lose more than 100 games this season. Well, no offense to the bandwagon jumpers and guesstimators, but how many times have the Yankees been predicted to win the World Series the past nine years and not even made it out of the first round of the playoffs or even sniffed the World Series?

Call me a homer if you will and maybe that might be true, but here’s a fact that I haven’t heard many bandwagon jumpers bring up. The Padres’ big two in the rotation, Chris Young and Jake Peavy, combined for just 45 starts in 2008, down from 64 combined starts in 2007, that’s 19 fewer starts last season. If the Padres win, let’s say, 10 of those 19 starts, they lose only 89 games in 2008. I know it’s still quite aways under .500, but then you can pick apart the one and two runs games they couldn’t put away and you can gain wins there as well. There are things that a lot of people aren’t taking into account for this 2009 team that will be important to their success. Chase Headley has one more year of experience, they have a veteran 2nd baseman in David Eckstein who should give them speed on the base paths, another full season of Adrian Gonzalez who you know can give the Padres 30 HR’s and 100+ RBI’s and another year of experience from 3rd baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. The two unknowns for this team are going to be the back end of their rotation, since the last two spots are still up for grabs, and their bullpen. There ushering in a new era with Heath Bell taking over the closing role, Cla Meredith will slide into the setup role and from there it’s all up in the air. Guys like Mike Adams, Justin Hampson, Mike Ekstrom, Joe Thatcher plus a few others make this a relatively unknown bullpen around Major League Baseball.

The success of the 2009 San Diego Padres hinges on those unknown names as well as possibly putting a lot of pressure on young right-hander Josh Geer and left-hander Wade LeBlanc, two guys who could round out the back end of the rotation. If they can come out and give the Padres 5-6 good innings per start and keep the Padres in the game, it could very well give them a chance to stay in the thick of the NL West.

So, while a lot of people will continue to say the Padres will finish dead last and lose over 100 games, I hope those same people are big enough to admit they were wrong and take the criticism for those of us who still “KEEP THE FAITH.”

And lets not forget that 2008 saw a franchise record # of days spent on the DL......and yes while every team goes through injuries, not every team breaks a record for them. So I think it can be said that it's not an excuse, but was legitimately part of the problem.

Nice job again Todd ! Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

'Time Out' with Todd Kaufmann

ByTodd Kauffman
Beat Writer for Planet Padres

Todd Kaufmann stopped by Planet Padres, and was nice enough to share some of his thoughts about this offseason and a couple ideas he has.

Is anyone else laughing at the drama going on between the Dodgers, Manny Ramirez and his agent Scott Boras? If you’re not, you really should be. Are the Dodgers really THAT desperate that they will make yet another contract offer after being turned down…AGAIN?! Here’s the part you should be laughing at, yes it was a 2-year $45MM contract offer, but the Dodgers offered less in the second year of the deal…THAT’S FUNNY! So, let me get this right, if Manny has a 35-40 HR season in 2009, you expect him to play for less in 2010? Note to LA: You can stop now.

One more random thought before I get into what I really wanted to talk about. Memo to A-Rod, dude if you told everybody that it was your cousin that injected you with steroids when you played with the Rangers, it’s probably not a good idea to have everyone see you getting in the car with him outside the training complex. People are good at assuming things.

Ok, now that I’ve had my fun with the Dodgers and A-Roids, let’s get to why you all read this site in the first place, and no it’s not just for Todd’s good looks. I, for one, don’t put a lot of stock in a pitcher’s performance in a spring training game, regardless if it’s a good or bad outing. Yes, Heath Bell gave up two runs in just one inning the other day, but it was his first game time experience since September, I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt, don’t you? Spring Training is used, by a lot of players, to work on what did or didn’t work last season. For Bell, he’s working on developing a changeup, something he didn’t have in his arsenal last year, so you can imagine that if he doesn’t spot that pitch just right, or throw it in exactly the right situation, major league hitters are going to take advantage of that. You want Bell to work on that pitch now, perfect it before he goes into the regular season, instead of trying new things during the season and getting lit up when it matters. So, for those of you who are freaking out over him giving up two runs over one inning of work, calm down, take deep breaths, smell that San Diego ocean air and enjoy it because I don’t get the chance to here in Texas and realize that it’s just Spring Training. In case you just missed that, the second word is T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G, meaning they’re training themselves again on the basics and working on getting back into game shape and game mentality. By the time April rolls around, Bell should be just fine.

I applaud all of those fans that are still on the bandwagon, I’m being serious when I say that. I know I ranted and whined in my last post because of all these “fans” jumping off the bandwagon because they think they know better than Kevin Towers, but for those of you who will still attend the games, who will still dawn your Padres’ blue, white or sand, I applaud you. I know I will deeply miss going to the games, but the one game I will look forward to is the one I get to take my girlfriend to, because it will be during her first ever trip to California, let alone San Diego. So, trust me when I say, I wish you knew how good you have it, the only major league team that’s even close are the Texas Rangers. Just remember that, then go buy tickets to see the Padres play at an absolutely gorgeous Petco Park and take in that crisp night air in the middle of June and July.

Believe me when I tell you, believe me or don’t, this team isn’t going to be nearly as bad as last year, they’re NOT losing 100 games. They may not win the division, but they will be better than a lot of people expect.

Thanks Todd..........good read as always !

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