Jedd Gyorko returned from the Paternity List yesterday the proud father of twin boys. He was just in time to catch the rubber-game of an early NL West showdown with the 1st place San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, the Giants took the game 3-2, and with it the series. But Jedd Gyorko was back. No, Jedd Gyorko is back.
The West Virginian, in going 1 for 3 with zero K’s, reminded us that things can get better at the keystone position. Gyorko’s recent contract extension has given us hope that second base will become a position of stability. It hasn’t always been that way. The last six seasons have seen the Padres treat second base like membership to the U.S. House of Representatives, a two year term and then re-election time.The incumbents never did too well. Gyorko’s contract extension should put an end to that ignominious streak of 1-termers.
Even prior to 2009 and the Congressional style of filling out the position, the Padres had used a succession of 1-year players to little effect.
Second base has been a painful spot on the diamond for the Padres. Let’s take a look at the position over the years beginning with Jedd Gyorko’s slow start in 2014.