First and foremost, Happy New Year to all the Padres and baseball fans ! I have been away enjoying the family and relatives during the holiday break as well doing some investing in the stock market which consumed alot of my time. Now, that I got that squared away, I am returning to blog my thoughts on the most recent happenings with the Padres.
It was a sad day when Ex-Padre Trevor Hoffman signed with the Brewers. Trevor was the Icon of the Padres franchise and took over that role once Tony Gwynn had retired. It brought back moments when I was living in Los Angeles and being a Dodger fan for over 10+ yrs as a child, seeing Steve Garvey leaving the Dodgers for San Diego. I hope Trevor has the same impact on the Brewers as Garvey did with the Padres back then. I know, alot of Padres fans are upset at the franchise for allowing Trevor to walk away. But this all boils down to business, could it had been handled better ? Of course, but that’s hindsight ! You have to really think about this, if someone were to offer 4 million dollars to you in these economical times and considering the other extra-curriculum activities ongoing with the franchise. That is nothing to sneeze or complain about. But we are dealing with Ego’s on both sides of the fences. The Padres did what they had to do, as well as Trevor did what he had to do. Now, its time to move on and look towards the future. This is always a silver lining in every downward turn, no pun intended. I sincerely thank Trevor Hoffman for being an outstanding citizen/resident/ballplayer for San Diego. His tremendous work ethic and community efforts will be sorely missed throughout the baseball season. I tip my hat off to Trevor and wish him the very best in Milwaukee.
As for the Padres, from analyzing the roster there are a few more moves to be made. I think around the last week or so in January there will be a few more roster moves. Perhaps one huge trade during Spring Training. I, as a fan, that is a Padres fan is very encourage how things are transpiring with the Padres. -1- The team is on the verge of being sold to Jeff Moorad, -2- The team is getting younger which translates more excitement on the field, -3- The Padres finished last in 2008, therefore there’s no where to go but Up in the standings.
Here are my thoughts on Jeff Moorad, earlier I had posted that perhaps Leigh Steinberg would be a possible candidate to purchase the Padres. It was a longshot call by myself, though it wouldn’t surprise me that if Leigh is one of the handful of members as well. I did some further due diligence on Moorad’s philosophy in regards to baseball operations due to the fact I was concerned about the fate of the Alderson’s regime. Here is something from the D-backs site
…..”For fans, the transition from Moorad to Hall should be seamless.
“I think it’s business as usual,” Hall said. “I think we’ve all had a
shared vision that included providing the fans with the best fan
experience and providing the fans with a team that can win on the
field. That’s not going to change.”
The same could be said for how the baseball operations are expected to
run with general manager Josh Byrnes now reporting to Hall rather than
“Jeff did a terrific job of making sure that he did not micromanage
baseball operations and that certainly won’t change,” Hall said. “We
have experts in that department for a reason and they certainly know
much more about baseball and the players than I do. I’ll be here as a
resource for them and as a sounding board and will help in making
decisions when they need it and otherwise, I rely on them to make all
the decisions to better the team on the field.”…..
That to me sums it all up. Moorad may just let Alderson and his regime follow through with their philosophy and get this organization solid in terms of baseball operations.
The only question I have for myself is which will come first this spring ? Padres 25th win or price of Silver reaching $ 25 per ounce. Stay tuned more to follow on a later date…..Keep up the faith Padres fans !….