No 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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!