This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.

When I’m at the bar, I like to fire up the juke box:

In Jonah Keri’s weekly “The 30” over at Grantland, he dedicated a portion of his piece to the San Diego Padres (ranked 29th in MLB, for the week); it wasn’t pretty. From Edinson Volquez’s inadequacies as a staff “ace”/opening day starter, overall franchise issues with drafting and developing talent, Josh Byrnes’ trade record, the club’s handling of Chase Headley, to club finances…he painted a pretty bleak picture. And fair, as well. When pressed on a few issues by Padres Public bloggers, he took the time to respond to each and every one of us.

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Petco Park San Diego at SunsetOnce again Forbes Magazine has released its MLB team valuations, once again they make the Padres look pretty bad, once again (probably) the team will deny Forbes’ accuracy, and once again I’ll sit with a confused look on my face trying to figure out where the truth is.

Despite a modest payroll relative to years previous and teams in similar markets, Forbes reports the team’s operating income (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) at $29.9 million, good for third largest among all of MLB. This is likely to raise questions from fans about current payroll levels and why the gosh danged heck the team saw Jason Marquis as the only suitable free agent acquisition this offseason. Read More…