The youth movement is in full effect at Petco Park. Today, the San Diego Padres announced the hiring of Sam Geaney, 29, as Director of Player Development, overseeing the team’s minor league operations. He will replace Randy Smith, who was reassigned by the Padres to the role of senior advisor to baseball operations. Geaney has been with the Oakland Athletics organization for the past nine years and spent the past three seasons as Coordinator of International Scouting. What were you doing when you were 26 years old? Probably not grading Dominican athletes for a Major League ballclub.
So, was this a good hire by Padres GM, A.J. Preller? What say you, Twitter-verse?
From Cal Leaguers to Director of Player Development, congrats to Sam Geaney, whose talent for scouting was evident when he was just a teen.
— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) October 23, 2014
— Mike Ferrin (@MikeFerrinSXM) October 23, 2014
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 23, 2014
Personally, I love this hire. While Geaney is new to this particular position, he certainly seems to have the experience, passion, and the work ethic necessary to revitalize the Padres farm system. Back in January of 2012, Baseball America writer Casey Tefertiller wrote an excellent piece on the rise of Sam Geaney through the ranks in Oakland. Please, give it a read. If this doesn’t sound like the ideal individual to help establish a new culture within the Padres organization, then I don’t know what does. The Padres have been in dire need of fresh insight from young individuals that have a full understanding of what it takes to be a winner in today’s baseball landscape.
We all know that the Padres, at this time, cannot compete financially with the Dodgers and Giants. Professional baseball in San Diego has clearly taken a backseat to…well…pretty much everything else America’s Finest City has to offer…and rightfully so. The Padres attempt to piece together a formidable offense has been a complete disaster for many years, and I don’t blame anybody for avoiding Petco Park like the plague. Lots of people want to place blame on the Padres for not being spenders in the free agent market. While there is some truth to this, it certainly is not the most glaring issue regarding the failures of the ballclub. Poor scouting and lousy drafts have absolutely crippled the Padres, and it wasn’t until recently that the powers that be seemed to fully understand just how much of a problem this has become. When the Padres hired Preller, the ideology behind building a professional ballclub seemed to have shifted drastically towards building from within rather than constantly trying to find “bargains” on the free agent market. Hiring a talent like Geaney only reinforces this thinking. While it may take years to finally see the results, Preller’s most recent hire sure seems like a step in the right direction.
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