CLEAN HOUSE

cleanhouseNo more excuses. I have not posted in a while for a number of reasons.  The main one being,  like fellow RJ’s Fro poster Rick, I too got married recently and it has taken over alot of my free time the past few months.  That and of course fiddle rocking with Lexington Field.   I apologize.  I love the Padres and Padres Public, so it’s time to voice my opinion more!  But first, I want to just rant and I have a completely unrealistic plan to share with you. The fans are done. We are done with this mediocre joke of a team and something needs to change. Here are some off-the-wall suggestions as I venture back to the posting world of Padres Public. I can’t wait to see what Mike Dee decides to do.

JOSH BYRNES – OUT
Too many terrible personnel decisions and inactivity. He was a transitional GM in my opinion. Mike Dee needs to bring in his own guy to rebuild the roster and image of the Padres for the future.

BUD BLACK – SAFE (for now)
Bud Black has been dealt a crappy hand. He is not a exciting coach, but he is a good leader. I blame the downfall on the personnel choices, not the manager. He is solid and can lead us through this big rebuilding project.

THE PLAYERS:
CATCHER
RENE RIVERA – SAFE (as backup)
YASMANI GRANDAL – OUT
REPLACEMENT – AUSTIN HEDGES

Rivera is a solid backup catcher. I am okay with him getting one to two starts a week. Yasmani has been a bust ever since he tested positive for PEDs. He is not a leader and he can’t hit. The future is now here. Austin Hedges gets the job. Trade Grandal or send him to AAA. Hedges takes over as the starter.

FIRST BASE
YONDER ALONSO – OUT
REPLACEMENT – TOMMY MEDICA and CODY DECKER
Yonder Alonso has no power, and now can’t hit for average. A huge hole in our lineup.   How many week groundballs can you handle Padres fans? Release him or send him to AAA, I don’t care at this point. Tommy Medica and Cody Decker can man first base the rest of the season and then we pick up a veteran with pop in the offseason. Too bad Kyle Blanks isn’t around anymore.

SECOND BASE
JEDD GYORKO – DOWN to AAA
ALEXI AMARISTA – OUT
REPLACEMENT – CORY SPANGENBERG

Let Gyorko learn how to hit again in AAA and bring him back up in September. Cory gets the job and let’s see what he can do the rest of 2014. If Gyorko regains hitting, candidate for 2B or 3B in 2015. Amarista can’t hit either and is really out of a position. He is too small and wasting a roster spot. Hopefully Donn Roach makes that Frieri trade a wash.

SHORTSTOP
EVERTH CABRERA – OUT
REPLACEMENT – JACE PETERSON

It was a nice run Everth, but you are too inconsistent and we can’t have that at the top of the lineup. Trade him for a prospect and cut our losses. Jace can take over the rest of the year and if he falters, that will be a high priority this offseason. With Trea Turner a few years away, we will need at least a .250 AVG and solid defense until he arrives at the Show.

THIRD BASE
CHASE HEADLEY – OUT
REPLACEMENT – JONATHAN GALVEZ

2012 was a fluke. Chase duped San Diego and luckily ownership didn’t take the bait. He is average and we won’t get much for him, so trade him for a prospect and be on our way. Galvez can take over for Chase and compete with Gyorko next season.

OUTFIELD
CAMERON MAYBIN – SAFE
CHRIS DENORFIA – SAFE
SETH SMITH – SAFE
CARLOS QUENTIN – OUT
WILL VENABLE – OUT
REPLACEMENT – RYMER LIRIANO, JEFF FRANCOEUR, JAKE GOEBBERT

Maybin is under a reasonable contract for two more years and his defense is stellar for CF. Denorfia is a solid fourth outfielder. Seth Smith has been a great pick up and our BEST position player. Quentin has been a huge disappointment. Eat some money and send him off to the American League. I personally can’t stand Venable and his weak groundballs to second base. He had his shot and failed. It is time to hand Liriano a starting job in RF. Francoeur has earned a spot as a backup outfielder and veteran presence. We didn’t trade Blanks away for nothing, so let’s see what Goebbert can do with the big club.

So, for the rest of this pathetic 2014 season our 13 position players will be:

C: HEDGES, RIVERA
1B: MEDICA, DECKER
2B: SPANGENBERG
SS: PETERSON
3B: GALVEZ
OF: MAYBIN, SMITH, LIRIANO, DENORFIA, FRANCOEUR, GOEBBERT

It is not flashy, but this season is over and at least we might get some excitement out of this group. It can’t get worse, can it?

PITCHERS:
STARTING:
CASHNER, ROSS, KENNEDY, JESSE HAHN, MATT WISLER

Stults is done. He is not even serviceable now as a fifth starter. Our top three have been awesome this year and Hahn and Wisler can finish out the season with the big club. Maybe Casey Kelly can get a cup a coffee too when he is ready.

RELIEF:
STREET, BENOIT, TORRES, THAYER, QUACKENBUSH, STAUFFER, JOHNNY BARBATO/ROACH

Nick Vincent needs to be sent down to AAA to work out some kinks and bring up Barbato from AA or Roach to serve as long relief with Stauffer. It is a pretty solid bullpen overall so not much needs to be done here.

Obviously most of these changes will not happen. But ownership and their handpicked guy Mike Dee have got to realize they have lost the fan base this season, and it is going to be real hard to win them back anytime soon. New players, new uniforms for 2015 (at least a Brown alternate uni), and a new GM needs to happen ASAP.   Feel free to criticize and mock all my suggestions, but know on the player side you will be defending the worst offense in Padres history and one of the worst offenses in the history of baseball. It is time to CLEAN HOUSE!

Rant over.

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  • J.C. Ortiz

    Giving Budbot a pass is a joke. It’s his job to develop players. We haven’t had a single position player improve in his tenure. If anything they have all regressed under his watch. It doesn’t even take into account his poor in game management and his daily lineup roulette.

    • Sac Bunt Chris

      Cameron Maybin and Rene Rivera have improved quite a bit since joining the team.

  • Beau Gray

    What did you expect “BudBot” to do with the players given to him? Make them into all stars? Or even average offensive players? It is the GM’s job to put together the roster. Buddy has been given a shit hand for most of his tenure and it is my opinion that NO manager could get these set of players to win. Alot of people want Buddy gone, I understand that. It is the knee jerk reaction to fire the manager. Once he leaves some other team will grab him in a heartbeat, give him great players and he will win with them. Sound familiar? BochyBot. We watched BochyBot make horrific in game decisions and talk about lineup roulette. But when BochyBot had good players he won as Padres manager and as the skipper for the Giants. Buddy is a good leader. He has been given a AAA team this whole time (exception 2010). I want to see him manage a better set of players, and not with another ball club.

  • I agree with most of what you’re saying, Beau. But I think your order of events may be wrong. I think Bud Black is gone first, then Byrnes. Byrnes may survive until the end of this season. Do I like that? Hell no.
    I think Byrnes has done a horrible job of selecting & signing offensive talent for this club. With the exception of Seth Smith & perhaps Norf, none of his moves (trades, signings, or extensions) on the offensive side have worked out. And only the extension of Street has been a seemingly sound move on the pitching side.
    His drafts appear to be working out so far, but that’s about it. And those picks are at least a year or two away from even getting close to the big leagues.
    Maybe he can get a job as a draft/minor league coordinator for some other club, but I don’t see him getting another GM job anytime soon.
    However, Bud has survived 3 ownership regimes & 3 general managers. He’s like a cockroach, in that he survives the complete destruction of this Padres ballclub every time. It would not surprise me if he survives the upcoming “big changes” foretold by Mike Dee.

    Either way, someone has to go. And I don’t want to wait until the end of the season to see them leave.

    • DaveRiceSD

      At this point I would be somewhat inclined to believe Black before Byrnes (again, that’s not the camp I reside in), but I also put some stock in Darren Smith stating pretty confidently yesterday following the Mike Dee outburst on Thursday that it’s Byrnes’ head latched in the guillotine next week.

      Agree that Black’s lack of production has to do with the lack of tools he’s been given – the GM parade has effectively handed him a shovel and told him to dig a pool, while other managers got the keys to a Bobcat and the same assignment. The one thing I don’t see mentioned much is that the guy is just a few years removed from capturing an NL Manager of the Year award, though September pretty much makes 2010 an unmentionable year…

  • GoldenBoy

    Oh man, this new team of Padres would suck even more. I think Buddy has to go & Byrnes should stay. Jesse Hahn is another example of Byrnes trading pretty much nothing for a very quality return. It’s Bud Black who has got this offense overthinking their every move. He’s amazing with the pitching staff, but his endless love of the bunt & ineptness at coaching offense makes him the scapegoat.

    Hell, Byrnes has drafted pretty well too. He’s made some pretty amazing trades. You can easily criticize the Latos & Rizzo trades, but he made some understandable risks in those situations. I’m a fan of both Black & Byrnes, but Byrnes continues to have my confidence. Black, on the other hand, just doesn’t have it. He’s never been to the playoffs, and the only times we’ve been close, we absolutely choked down the stretch. I’ll place 2010’s success just as much on Eckstein than on Black. I’d be all for David Eckstein as our new manager. Let’s make it happen.

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  • Sac Bunt Chris

    I’m not all that keen on a 23 year old second baseman with a .650 OPS in San Antonio starting in the major leagues. Things can most definitely get worse.

  • FreakSammy

    Man, when you said clean house, you meant CLEAN HOUSE. At this point, I’m not sure if I hate your suggestions. But be prepared to lose 100 games and have attendance dwindle to 10k per game. I just can’t figure out how so many players are having not only the worst years of their careers, but almost historically bad years.