The Golden Ticket

Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination…

A.J. Preller is our golden ticket for Padres success.

There are four very qualified final candidates for the Padres General Manager position.  Mike Hazen has his Boston roots, Boston success, ties to Mike Dee, he is Jed Hoyer 2.0.  Billy Eppler knows San Diego, a winning attitude from New York, and is ready for a GM job now.  Kim Ng also has the pedigree of winning with the Yankees and Dodgers, and is ready to make history as the first female general manager in professional sports.  And A.J. Preller, assistant GM of the Texas Rangers, in charge of international scouting, a Cornell educated baseball rat who was an integral part to the Rangers success over the past five years.

This is a tough decision for Mike Dee and the reason why firing Josh Byrnes mid-season was such a good move because we are the lone team on the GM market and we have top notch candidates.  After two rounds of interviews it is time to make a decision.  It is time to turn this organization around and direct it to a successful franchise that we all yearn for, it is time for Willy Wonka to come to San Diego and deliver the fans a golden ticket to the World Series.  It is time for A.J. Preller.

A.J. Preller is fluent in Spanish, and is known for his international scouting success including Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, and Neftali Feliz to name a few.  We need someone to put the foot on the gas when it comes to the international market, and while we have a state of the art facility in the Dominican Republic, recent Cuban starter signing of Odrisamer Despaigne, and Rymer Liriano close to the Show, we still have underperformed outside the United States.  In fact, we have underperformed inside the United States too, so adding a top notch talent evaluator with a knack for knowing the stars from Latin America, Preller is the best of the final candidates to give us a head start in player development.  We are team that must build from within to sustain success and it is time to have a leader in the front office who has the track record and fortitude to handle this huge job.

He thinks outside the box, he lives and breaths baseball all day, and he is ready to direct his own team.  Preller stands out as someone who can create a vision here in San Diego.  Someone who can construct a system, flourishing in international talent and leading from a player development perspective.  He is exactly the type of baseball mind that can change the atmosphere, change the approach, and give this ownership group and fan base a much needed fresh start.  There are four wonderful final candidates, but A.J. Preller is the guy to clean house and turn the Padres into a winning franchise once and for all.

“Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it”

Change the San Diego Padres world, give us a champion in the front office, give us A.J. Preller.

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  • Sean Dreusike

    Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus came over in the Teixeira trade. You sure those ticks for Preller? Not that I have a problem with Preller, but not sure it takes an international scouting background to evaluate guys already stateside.

    • Beau Gray

      It’s about talent evaluation in trades, international signings, and the First-Year Player Draft. Preller has his hands on all those facets. The dude is smart. Not every move is perfect, but tell me a GM in baseball who has a 100% hit rate. His overall body of work is impressive in my opinion and he is the best for the job, also in my opinion 🙂

  • ballybunion

    BTW, Hazen isn’t originally from Boston, he started with Cleveland and went to Boston. There was a Cleveland connection to Byrnes and Bud Black, who both got started there too, not that it would mean anything, except possibly a chance for Black to keep his job.

    I don’t know why that picture of A.J. is still used. He’s since gotten a haircut and now shaves regularly. My only concern is that San Diego sports had an A.J. in charge, and that didn’t turn out so well. This A.J. could be different, though.

    • Beau Gray

      What I meant by Boston roots is that Hazen is probably gonna feature his Red Sox tenure at the top of the list. As for the Willy Wonka hair, the dude had sported that style since at least mid June of this year. Cutting it off for the interview would have been a mistake, because we all know the new GM is really going to have to use that imagination to turn this thing around. Nothing says that better than showing up to the interview with a crazy hairdo, bust out some schnozberries and woo the Padres brass.

      • Lonnie Brownell

        Re: The hair…AJ’s Fro.

        Grab the twitter handle now.

  • Shaqapopolis

    Not that it matters towards his acumen, but he looks like Howard Stern’s sidekick Ralph…