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.
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 26, 2014
preller, then eppler, seen as leaders among padres final 4 in gm search. gammons/bowden 1st said. http://t.co/5Ie5yqqsES
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 23, 2014
Padres diligent GM search smartly has emphasized international scouting, which some feel may lead them to AJ Preller
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 21, 2014
Hearing A.J. Preller has become the favorite to land the Padres' GM job.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 23, 2014
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.