After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look.
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Dave Roberts!
The 2015 San Diego Padres season is over. In the process of winning 74 games and not winning 88 they blew through three managers, if you count Dave Roberts‘ one game as the interim interim manager that is. Alexi Amarista was given the starting shortstop job and proceeded to not hit his way back to the bench where he belongs. Jedd Gyorko started out in a horrible slump, was benched, then sent to AAA, then came back, and then started at shortstop. Josh Johnson did not throw a pitch all season until starting a rehab game at Lake Elsinore in August, threw four pitches, and ended up scheduling a third Tommy John surgery.
It was a season to forget. And I’ve forgotten most of it, to be honest.
Rather than give out letter grades for the various aspects of the team or rehash everything that happened — whether it was good, bad, or just incredibly stupid — I reached out on Twitter and asked you guys to come up with one word to describe the 2015 Padres season.
The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.
There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.
Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!
Thirteen years ago today, the Padres beat the Dodgers, 8-0, at Qualcomm Stadium. The victory improved San Diego’s record to 43-58 and pulled them to within 4 ½ games of the fourth-place Colorado Rockies. It was epic.
Also epic: Bobby Jones. The Padres employed two pitchers with that name. This is the right-hander from Fresno, not the left-hander from New Jersey (though they sometimes pitched in the same game).
Jones spent 10 years in the big leagues, his final two with the Padres. He went 15-27 with a 5.26 ERA in two seasons here. Opponents hit .303/.334/.511 against Jones, who led the National League in losses (19) and home runs allowed (37) in 2001.
What I’m trying to say is that he had trouble getting guys out, which is probably why he stopped pitching after his stint in San Diego. But he had a nice run as the precursor to Joe Blanton and even made the NL All-Star team in 1997. Hell, he one-hit the Giants in the 2000 NLDS.
Jones wasn’t very good by the time he came to the Padres. But on a warm Wednesday in July, he dominated a Dodgers team that would go on to win 92 games.
This will be brief, because I have a short attention span and there’s a blue car driving down the street. During last night’s game the Padres provided an example suitable for framing on when not to shift.
Scenario: Top third, 1-0 Padres, Chris Owings at second, AJ Pollock at first. Two outs. Tyson Ross delivers ball three to David Peralta, running the count full. As you know, when the next pitch is delivered the runners will be going. San Diego knows this too and plays more behind the runners than usual. So much so, they don’t see a difference between playing BEHIND the runners, and shifting their infield defense like the BASES are EMPTY.
So Clint Barmes (SS) moves to the first base side of second, and Will Middlebrooks (3B) moves to the normal shortstop position. And there is third base. Just sitting there, like a box of Thin Mints – unguarded and inviting.
Owings quickly realizes he can beat Middlebrooks to third, so with Ross LOOKING at him, he takes off. Tyson steps off the rubber and fakes a throw, which is good because the only person in position to catch it and make a play is D-Backs 3B Coach Andy Green. Pretty sure he would not have applied a tag on Owings.
Moving your defenders around to maximize the odds of recording an out is a strategy I support and endorse. Shifting your defense, then hanging a big neon sign over third base saying ‘Take Me! I’m Free!!’ is, shall we say, not optimal.
We need a little more situational awareness there, Padres On-Field Brain Trust.
(Sadly, no photos or video exist of this play; at least, accessible to me in a post-able format.)
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (32-34) scored fewer runs than the Oakland A’s (27-39), 9-1, last night in the first of two games at Petco Park.
Tyson Ross (3-7, 4.02) gave up four run on seven hits and five walks with six strikeout in five innings of work. In the third inning, Josh Reddick started the scoring with an RBI single with one out to score Eric Sogard. Ben Zobrist then walked and Stephen Vogt singled to left field to score Reddick. Zobrist then scored on a single by Brett Lawrie. In the fifth inning, Lawrie drove in Zobrist again with one out.
In the eighth inning, with Cory Mazzoni on the mound for the Padres, Marcus Semien walked and Billy Butler singled. Billy Burns then, still with no outs, drove in Semien with a single. Mazzoni got Sogard to line out to center field and Reddick to fly out to left field. Then, after a single by Zobrist, Mazzoni served up a grand slam to Vogt, who ended up with five RBI.
Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62) pitched six and two-third innings, giving up just the one Padres’ run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Will Venable drove in Alexi Amarista with an RBI single in the third inning after it was determined he was not hit by a pitch that appeared to hit his pant leg, even after acting manager Dave Roberts called for a replay challenge.
This afternoon at 12:40pm PDT, the Padres will send Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) to the mound against the Athletics and Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79) in the second game at Petco Park.
The search is on for the next ex-Padres manager.
The Padres announced that Bud Black is no longer the manager this afternoon.
After eight and a half seasons, a 649-713 record, and no postseason appearances, the Padres are finally going in a different direction. If not this season then in 2016 for sure.
The closest a Black managed team came to making the postseason was in 2007, Black’s first season, when the Padres lost game 163 after a phantom slide into home plate by Matt Holliday.
In 2010, the first place Padres lost 10 straight games in late-August/early-September to let the San Francisco Giants get within striking distance. And strike they did, eventually overtaking the Padres to win the division, and ultimately winning the World Series.
So, A.J. Preller now gets to hire “his guy,” which is what we all expected to happen ever since he was hired as General Manager last year. Who will that be? I don’t know. It’s probably too early to say.
So, I was sitting around the other day minding my own business, complaining about the lack of Padres offense, when I heard a knock on my door. I got up to see who it was, and there in my doorway was none other than Dave “Doc” Roberts, current Padres bench coach.
But, he looked different to me. He had white hair coming from underneath his Padres hat. And he looked older.
“Ghost, you have to come with me,” he exclaimed.
“What? Where? What’s going on?” To say I was confused was an understatement. “But first of all, how did you know where I live?”
“Look, I don’t have time to explain everything. I’m actually from the future. And I have to show you what happens thanks to the Vedder Cup so you can warn everyone. Because it’s going to get much worse than any of us could have ever imagined. So get your ass in the DeLorean.” Roberts then pulled out a gun, “Now.”
The following is a timeline of moments in the Vedder Cup’s future that have yet to take place over the next few years. Doc Roberts showed me all of these events in our future — at gunpoint, mind you — in an attempt to circumvent the eventual revolt of fans that destroys both PETCO Park and Safeco Field in 2025. Many lives will be lost if something isn’t done to stop these events from happening.
The Padres took Johnny Manziel, a football player of some renown, with their 28th-round pick in the 2014 first-year player draft. It’s a publicity stunt that had some fans wishing the team would pick a baseball player who might, you know, help on the field.
Problem is, 28th-round picks generally don’t. Paul Molitor is in the Hall of Fame, but he didn’t sign when the Cardinals drafted him in 1974.
Here are the best signed players ever drafted in the 28th round, listed in descending order by rWAR:
- Woody Williams, 1988, 30.9
- Dave Roberts, 1994, 9.0
- Sergio Romo, 2005, 7.9
- Luke Gregerson, 2006, 5.0
- Shane Spencer, 1990, 4.9
Thanks to johlac66, I got to see my second Padres game of 2014 on Saturday night. Mrs. Ducksnorts and I hung with him and Gaslamp Ball‘s jbox for the evening in a packed Petco Park.
We caught the tail end of Padres batting practice. Dave Roberts was pitching. Andrew Cashner and Cameron Maybin chatted with fans. Maybin, who would later make a ridiculous catch in right-center during the game to rob Junior Lake of extra bases, looks like he’s having fun even in warmups.
Then the Cubs batted. Lake and Mike Olt put on serious power displays. Former Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo worked on hitting the ball to left field, then took some grounders at shortstop for fun. Manager Rick Renteria got a nice round of applause from those who remember his days as a Padres coach and perhaps even as skipper of the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Food: Tri-tip sandwich. Drink: Alesemith Speedway Stout, served on tap at Ryan Bros. Coffee stand. That a 12% ABV beer is poured at Petco Park borders on irresponsible, but I’m not complaining.