The 2015 San Diego Padres season is over. In the process of winning 74 games and not winning 88 they blew through three managers, if you count Dave Roberts‘ one game as the interim interim manager that is. Alexi Amarista was given the starting shortstop job and proceeded to not hit his way back to the bench where he belongs. Jedd Gyorko started out in a horrible slump, was benched, then sent to AAA, then came back, and then started at shortstop. Josh Johnson did not throw a pitch all season until starting a rehab game at Lake Elsinore in August, threw four pitches, and ended up scheduling a third Tommy John surgery.
It was a season to forget. And I’ve forgotten most of it, to be honest.
Rather than give out letter grades for the various aspects of the team or rehash everything that happened — whether it was good, bad, or just incredibly stupid — I reached out on Twitter and asked you guys to come up with one word to describe the 2015 Padres season.
— William Lybarger (@LybargerBrewery) October 9, 2015
Can’t really argue with this one. After an eventful offseason, the Padres came out of the gate with a .667 winning percentage.
In the first 15 games.
If you got excited because the team started out 10-5 and thought they were going to win the World Series than you deserved everything you got. Fifteen games isn’t even one-tenth of the season. That’s like saying that because your favorite NFL team goes 1-0 that they’re winning the Super Bowl. A lot can happen in the last 90-plus percent of the season yet to be played. And all of it happened to the Padres in 2015.
— BW(SD 2-3/UF 6-0) (@BW_DCXIX) October 9, 2015
Unlike an apparent majority of Padres fans, I went into this season with a sense of cautious optimism. I was excited by all the moves A.J. Preller made but I also read Fangraphs. A whole lot of things had to go right for the Padres to finish even .500 this season. And none of those things happened when they needed to. So, while for some people, “bummer” might be a good word to describe this season, it really isn’t for me.
— Mikey (@Hawkins1701) October 9, 2015
The season was a disaster, it’s true. But a Hindenburg-type, “Oh, the humanity!” disaster? That’s a little harsh. There were some good things:
Matt Kemp‘s cycle
Did I mention Matt Kemp’s cycle?
Oh, I know! The Padres didn’t get no-hit this season! That’s good, right? Right? RIGHT!?
— Aaron Waldron (@waldo_aaron) October 9, 2015
Yup. Seems pretty typical to me.
— Dis (@ItsDis) October 9, 2015
By the end of the season, indifference definitely set in for me. I had a couple of chances to go to games for free. I passed on all of them. I had better things to do or didn’t want to be bothered with trying to get downtown. And indifference is the worst.
— David (@pointerdave) October 14, 2015
No. I mean, no one was choking anyone else in the dugout during a game, after all. So I’m going to have to disagree with this assessment.
— Randy Gyorko (@GooseGyorko) October 14, 2015
This goes hand-in-hand with indifference. If there is nothing riding on the games — other than a protected top-10 draft pick — then who cares? No one, that’s who.
Finally we have one that, quite frankly, confused me.
— Allan May (@lilcalal) October 9, 2015
I’m not sure if he’s blaming Padres president & CEO Mike Dee for everything that went wrong, or is just an Always Sunny fan. I’ll let you decide.