Saturday, April 28, 2012

Get yer O face ready...O'Malley's coming to town ?

O'Malley's are pushing forward to purchase the Padres

Get your "O" face ready folks, Peter O'Malley and family are moving forward to try and purchase the Friars. This could be a match made in baseball heaven for this club and it's fans. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that the boys are finally able to reel in an owner who has the financial backing as well as a desire to win who actually wants to be involve with the club on a daily basis.

Link - Ken Rosenthal writes:

"Peter O’Malley, unsuccessful in his effort to regain ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is now trying to buy one of the Dodgers’ NL West rivals.

O’Malley, his son Kevin and nephew Tom Seidler are mounting an aggressive push for the San Diego Padres and want to close a deal by the All-Star break, sources say.
The O’Malley group has signed documents permitting it access to team financial information, sources say, and apparently has raised sufficient equity to purchase the club.
Initial indications are that the group values the Padres at less than half of the Dodgers’ $2.15 billion sale price, and perhaps significantly less.
The Chicago Cubs, who play in a much larger market than San Diego, sold for $845 million in 2009 — and the price included the Cubs’ historic home park, Wrigley Field.
Padres owner John Moores put his team up for sale this month after a failed effort by former agent Jeff Moorad to buy the club.
O’Malley sold the Dodgers in 1998 to News Corp., the owner of FOX Sports, which in turn sold the team to Frank McCourt.
Guggenheim Baseball, fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team president Stan Kasten, recently agreed to buy the Dodgers from McCourt after unsuccessful bids by O’Malley and others.
“Our family gave the Dodger pursuit everything we had,” O’Malley told the Los Angeles Times. “We were serious suitors. It didn’t happen. I support the new owners and I want them to do well.”
But not as well as the Padres, if he winds up getting the team"

My opinion on this and nothing more is this...... While I think we all agree the Padres are worth less than the Dodgers, to suggest that any franchise should be worth less than half the value is pretty ridiculous even if other franchises like the Cubs sold for less than half. Sorry but MLB allowed a new precedent to be set, far more recently, when they ok'd the out of control sale price of the Dodgers for $2.1b. With the new TV contract in place, a relatively new, and incredible ballpark to play in, a top farm system in place etc.... There should be no reason for this franchise to sell for "far less" than half.....Seems like a starting place should be around $1.2b, or just over half of what the Dodgers sold for.....Again just my own opinion on this, and regardless of what it sells for it certainly appears like the O'Malley's are a really good fit here in San Diego. Good luck to them and the Padres going forward.

Planet Padres Writer- TPichierri

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Storm take down Lancaster

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Lake Elsinore 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0
7 7 0

Lancaster 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
5 10 3
Recap | Box
W: O'Grady (2-0, 1.12) L: Robinson (0-1, 17.36)
S: Quackenbush (1)

6 different players each had a hit, Noel had two and up'd his BA to .375, Domoromo went deep for the first time this year, and drove in 3 runs. Elsinore used 5 pitchers on the night Andriese getting touched up for 5 hits, 4er over 1.3ip while walking 1 and striking out 4, O'Grady gets the win, while Quackenbush earns the save.

Go Storm!!

Planet Padres Writer- TPichierri

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Storm head on the road after a 4-2 loss - c/o Eric Theiss of the Storm

Storm Update

"Lake Elsinore, CA – On a cool spring evening at The Diamond, the Storm and the Sixty Sixers faced in the final game before the Storm head on the road and Inland Empire head for their first home game of the season. The Storm were able to get a run on the board but it was Travis Witherspoon’s first pitch, leadoff home run to start the game that put the Sixers on top winning 4-2.

Witherspoon’s homer went deep over the left field wall and gave an immediate lead for the Sixers.

Storm starter Matt Jackson settled down and was able to hold off Inland Empire until the Storm had a chance to score.

In the second, Luis Domoromo singled with two out to start a short rally for the home team. Connor Powers hit a single and Bisson doubled to score Domoromo before the inning came to a close with a 1-1 tie ballgame.

In the fourth it was Jeremy Cruz who came up big again for the 66ers with a two-out homerun again giving the lead to the visitors. Cruz hit an inside-the-park homerun last night.

The fifth was again productive for Inland Empire as they added to the lead picking up another run with two outs. Witherspoon singled up the middle and scored off a Rolando Gomez RBI double to take a 3-1 lead.

The Storm looked as if they were on a comeback, with two outs top prospect Cory Spangenberg hit a double down the left field line to bring the tying run to the plate. Everett Williams would hit a high infield popup that was dropped by Taylor Lindsey that scored Spangenberg. Michael Wing had an infield single to put the winning run on first but a fielder’s choice to tag out Wing at second ended the rally.

Andrew Heid hit his first homerun of the season in the top of the ninth and ending the game for the Storm.

The Storm now head on the road for their second longest road trip of the season taking on Lancaster and Stockton."

Thanks again to Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations, of the Storm for the recap. Go Storm !!!

Planet Padres Writer- T.Pichierri

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