Chase Headley – Photo by Keith Allison

I know, I know. I know. You might not want to believe Chase Headley is the most productive Padres third baseman of all time when Ken Caminiti exists. I know. Hear me out.

Ken Caminiti is the safe pick for the most memorable Padres third baseman of all time. He put together a monster 1996 season, the second greatest Padres season from any position player by fWAR (7.5) while also leading the team to its first divisional victory in 12 years.

You know who ties Caminiti for the second greatest Padre position player season? Current Padre Chase Headley, whose defense and underrated bat boosted his 2012 campaign to 7.5 fWAR to match.

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My first impression of the Eric Hosmer deal was meh. I’m admittedly not a fan of him as a player. He has been an inconsistent contributor to the Royals over the last seven years. 9.9 fWAR over 7 full seasons is just okay. However, putting up 4.1 fWAR  in one season (2017) is really good. So who is Hosmer? Is he the zero fWAR player of 2014, or 3.5 fWAR player of the World Champion 2015 team? The weird thing is he isn’t the average of the two. His entire career has been boom or bust, Replacement Player or Good Player. And he alternates seasons too. Next year if he plays above replacement player it will be the first even year of his entire career to do so. And with his defense being a bit sub-par, he is really going to have to hit next year at Petco and the NL West to break the streak.

So why am I just meh instead of against it? Well first,  the Padres paid a decent price for him. 5 years at $105MM is a pretty fair contract for a 28 year old hitting free agency. And then 3 years $39MM is great. I’m not too thrilled about the Padres front office touting his leadership skills as it looks like they bought what Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras was selling. Prestige Value (PV) is a difficult metric to quantify. That’s because it’s made up. There is no such thing as PV. Clubhouses have leaders, sure. But if you go 0-4 with 3 weak ground-outs to 2B and a K, no one wants to hear your shit anyway. Besides, most leaders of a young group tend to be a home grown guy. Someone who has risen up the ranks and earned it. Someone who knew everyone back when they were lava. Knew them when they were just a twinkle in the volcano’s eye. Sure, Eric can lead the guys like Wil Myers. Or maybe just Wil Myers. Wait, did the Padres just spend $144MM just so Wil Myers is happy?

Another reason I’m fine with this is because the Padres added another player with the ability to put up good numbers. And they need this. Every World Series champion over the last forever has had guys put up good seasons, combined with guys who put up great seasons. That Kansas City team of 2015 had Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Hosmer have solid seasons. And they also had Lorenzo Cain have a fantastic season. The 2016 Cubs had extremely productive years from Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo, supported by solid years from Ben Zobrist, Addison Russel, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and even Wilson Contreras. And recently the ’17 Astros supported the huge seasons from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa with a big season from  George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, Brad Peacock, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers. Then they added Justin Verlander to all that talent.

So what I mean is it takes a ton of talent to win the whole thing. The Padres added talent. Hopefully this guy stops with the Jekyll and Hyde seasons and is just rock solid. In turn Wil Myers can move to the outfield and progress from last year and also be a big contributor. The huge seasons will have to come from the young guys. Whether they are playing up the middle or pitching, someone or two has got to step up big and throw up a 6+ WAR season. It probably won’t be Eric Hosmer. And that is just fine.

 

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David Lee Owen, portraying as Santa Claus, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, July 18, 2008, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The Marlins were celebrating "Christmas in July." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The holiday season. A season of kindness. A season of giving.

A season of endless Star Shower Laser Light commercials.

It’s been 4 years since I first wrote lyrics parodying the song The 12 Days of Christmas. Then, 2 years later, I rewrote and updated it. And it’s popularity with you, the adoring public, has brought it back yet again.

This year, I made it a wish list. None of this stuff has happened…yet.

As always, my heartfelt apologies to Weird Al Yankovic and Bob Rivers, who both do this sort of stuff better than I ever could.

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Today I’m launching a new project, The Sacrifice Bunt Newsletter, and you can find all of the pertinent details inside that link. It’s basically a Padres-focused e-mail newsletter that you can subscribe to for a (hopefully) reasonable price.

I’ve greatly enjoyed writing here at Padres Public, a stretch that has included nearly 250 (!) articles in ~3.5 years. It’s been a ridiculous amount of fun for me, and I’m especially grateful to you, the reader, for reading and commenting and helping to make the whole thing an enjoyable experience. A big thanks to Sac Bunt Chris for inviting me to join him and for always giving me good advice, as well as to Rick and the rest of the gang for giving me a decent parking space at headquarters and just generally putting up with me. This isn’t necessarily goodbye, because I’ll still be hanging around this site, but a lot of my focus will be redirected toward this new venture.

If you’ve enjoyed my writing over the past few years, I hope you’ll consider subscribing. I’m not a great salesman, but I promise it’s going to be good.

—Sac Bunt Dustin

Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a season at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (71-91) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (64-98), 5-4, yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park in the season finale of 2017.

Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.67) allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Buster Posey scored on a groundout by Pablo Sandoval in the second inning. Brandon Crawford hit a double to drive in Denard Span, Posey scored on a single by Jarrett Parker, and a ground out by Nick Hundley scored Crawford in the fourth inning. Sandoval hit a walk-off solo home run off Phil Maton in the ninth inning.

Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.52) gave up four runs over five innings on twelve hits and no walks while striking out two. Erick Aybar doubled to drive in Travis Jankowski and Aybar scored on a Yangervis Solarte single in the first inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the third inning. Perdomo scored on Jankowski’s single in the fourth inning.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (71-90) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (63-98) yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park, 3-2, in the penultimate game of the 2017 season.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.89) gave up one run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Pablo Sandoval scored on a fielder’s choice by Hunter Pence in the second inning. Pence singled in the seventh inning to drive in Ryder Jones.

Matt Cain (3-11, 5.43) shut the Padres out over five innings on two hits and a walk while striking out four in his final appearance before he retires. Wil Myers hit his 30th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Matt Szczur and Cory Spangenberg scored the go-ahead runs on Austin Hedges‘ double in the ninth inning.

Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65) starts the final game of 2017 against Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.43) with first pitch scheduled for 12:05pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (70-90) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (63-97), 8-0, last night at AT&T Park in the first of three games to wrap up the 2017 season.

Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.75) did not have a good night (#analysis), allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk with five strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Joe Panik scored on Buster Posey‘s double, Posey scored on a single by Brandon Crawford, and Crawford scored on Pablo Sandoval‘s double in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Panik doubled in Hunter Pence, Posey’s ground-rule double drove in Panik, and Crawford singled to drive in Denard Span & Posey. Pence came home in the sixth inning on Posey’s double.

Chris Stratton (4-4, 3.68) had a slightly better night (#analysis), giving up zero runs over six and two-thirds innings on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.98) starts this afternoon against Matt Cain (3-11, 5.66) with first pitch set for 1:05pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (70-89) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (102-57) in their three-game series finale at Dodger Stadium, 10-0, last night.

Clayton Richard (8-15, 4.79) gave up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over five-plus innings. I’m not going to even bother typing anything, just look at these for the details:

Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32) shutout the Padres over seven innings on two hits and two walks while striking out ten.

The Padres finish up the 2017 season with a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants (62-97) at AT&T Park. Jordan Lyles (1-4, 7.23) starts the first game tomorrow night against Chris Stratton (3-4, 4.15) beginning at 7:15pm PDT.

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