It’s weird how some people gauge success. For example, if I manage to not ruin my clothes while doing laundry I’m patting myself on the back for a job well done.
I think the best way to determine success is by managing expectations. As Padres fans, we haven’t had much to look forward to the last several years. Sure, there are always a few players on the roster who genuinely bring excitement (looking at you, Chase <3), but for the most part it’s a collection of talent that leaves much to be desired.
This year’s different, or so we’re being told. There’s legitimacy all over the Padres roster, enough for many baseball writers I respect and read regularly to call them this year’s “sleeper team”. They’re good, or at least have the upside to be really good. Many of us here at Padres Public think they could be an 85-90 win team… if they can stay healthy (sorry).
So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, what should we consider a successful Padres season?
Anything short of a playoff appearance would be a failure. This’ll be Josh Byrnes’ third full season as the team’s general manager. He’s had plenty of time to make his vision for the team a reality. There’s been some bad luck. But spare me this bullshit of not having enough money. Every team has money, and if they’re not spending they’re profiting. The good thing is at least they recognize they have to win. They’ve made it very clear, both in their off-season acquisitions and in radio interviews.
Success is very subjective, though. If the Padres win, say, 87 games and miss out on the final wild card spot in the final week of the season, would that be such a horrible season? Definitely not. We all view success differently.
What would you consider a successful season for the Padres?
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