I call it a “Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage”
It’s been a while since I wrote anything that wasn’t a While You Were Drinking or a news item. And let’s be honest. There’s only so many ways someone can say “this team sucks” and not come off as a total prick. But make no mistake, this Padres team definitely sucked this year.
Yeah, sure, they finished with more wins than any of the previous three seasons. By one. One win. I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and tell you how the Padres have exceeded expectations after their horrific offensive start. Sorry if you think I will.
Despite what some people may think they know about my opinions of other Padres’ fans, I believe the majority of fans are smarter than given credit for. And that you all deserve straight talk, not bulls**t.
I’ve been writing bits and pieces of this over the course of the last couple weeks. It’s very stream of consciousness, so it’s all over the place. I don’t even know if it’s readable for anyone who’s not me. But, there you go. You’ve been warned.
Will the hiring of A.J. Preller as general manager make a difference? Who knows at this point. It’s still too early to tell. Something needed to change, as evidenced by the Padres record the last three seasons. We’re all hoping Preller will make a positive impact. But I, for one, am not expecting him to pull a winning season out of his ass. This team has too many holes to fill and not enough shovels to fill them in with.
And there’s the rub. The problem wasn’t so much Josh Byrnes, it was more Byrnes not having the resources to work with. Byrnes was making due with what he had, which wasn’t much. Then again, maybe Byrnes was the problem. He took chances on oft-injured players like Carlos Quentin and Josh Johnson rather than trying to get players in who could actually contribute on regular basis.
So, will ownership give A.J. Preller more resources to work with? That remains to be seen. So far, the O’Fowdler Group seems more focused on improving the “ballpark experience” than the product on the field. Not that a lot of what they’ve done/planned to do hasn’t been desperately needed. A new HD scoreboard is long overdue. Basic ballpark maintenance needed to be higher on the priority list. But, if the product on the field is mediocre, who really cares if the paint has been touched-up on the steel infrastructure? No one is going to Petco Park for the paint job.
What positions does Preller need to make a priority to upgrade this offseason? All of them. Seriously. The pitching is alright. But every single position needs an upgrade, either through new players or improved performance of current players. However, first base, shortstop, third base, center field, and right field are the big ones that could new players. I touched on most of these way back here when I discussed who the Padres needed to cut ties with.
Now I think the Padres should cut ties with Everth Cabrera. Even if his performance hadn’t declined, his off-field incidents have started to become a distraction. But that leaves the question of who will be the Padres shortstop in 2015? Alexi Amarista is NOT a full-time shortstop. Lord knows he’s not an outfielder, despite what Bud Black seems to think. However, he proved that he has worth as a backup shortstop. Now, if he could just learn to get on base.
Give Jace Peterson another look at shortstop. While you’re at it, give Cory Spangenberg some time there too. Bud Black played him pretty much everywhere but this September. Why not give him a shot? What do you have to lose?
According to reports, Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomás has been on Preller’s short list this offseason. But will the O’Fowdler group shell out the estimated $100 million to sign him? I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking. The other problem with Tomás: Is he ready for the Majors? And if he’s not, how long do the Padres give him in the minors to get ready? According to a few scouting reports, it’s looking like he might be AAA-ready, with a Major League call-up shortly thereafter. If the Padres do sign him, will they want to have Tomás skip the Minors altogether?
This is all conjecture and theory at this point. Who knows if the Padres will make a serious offer to Tomás’ people or if it’s just going to be business as usual this offseason.
I, for one, am sick of seeing business as usual from the Padres.
Just do it. What is it? Anything. Just do anything. Prove to the fans that it’s not going to be just business as usual anymore.
I think we all deserve to not be fed anymore bulls**t, at the very least.
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