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.

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In no particular order, here is a stupid list:

  1. Edinson Volquez wears uniform number 37.
  2. He wore numbers 40, 38, and 31 with the Rangers, and number 36 with the Reds.
  3. His hero is Pedro Martinez, who wore number 37 with the Expos in 1994 and 1995.
  4. Volquez was once traded, with Danny Herrera, for Josh Hamilton.
  5. According to Baseball-Reference, his most similar pitcher is Roger Pavlik.
  6. Volquez led the National League with 105 walks in 2012.
  7. He led the NL with 14 HBP in 2008.
  8. The first batter Volquez hit in the big leagues was the fifth man he faced, Aaron Rowand.
  9. The next batter, Jermaine Dye, hit the first homer Volquez allowed. Read More…