Grading the Progress of the Padres’ “Process”

August 3, 2017

Okay, Padre fans, it’s time to start evaluating where this whole thing is going. The Padres made no secret of their intentions this year. They stated a philosophy of building the franchise over time (3-5 years) into a championship contender. 2017, they said, would be a development year. We are now past the MLB All-Star break and trade deadline. We are a full 12 months into it, and thus it’s…

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Six Ways to Enjoy More Baseball Over the All-Star Break

July 8, 2017

I love the All-Star Break. I love nearly everything about it, from the MLB Futures Game right through the Mid-Summer Classic itself. Nevertheless, for many baseball fans, the MLB All-Star break can mean wandering in a sort of baseball desert for a week. I have felt your pain. So, I’ve compiled this list of ways to enjoy more baseball over the all-star break. I’ve also included a “hidden gem” at…

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Padres Editorial: The Tony Gwynn We Knew

May 27, 2017

I didn’t know Tony Gwynn personally. However, my teammates and I spent some time with him one afternoon when I was a 17-year-old baseball player. The year was 1993. Here is what it was like: Like Tony, we played our high-school baseball at Long Beach Polytechnic. It’s a school rich in sports history, including its baseball program. Poly has sent more baseball player to the Major Leagues than any other High School except Freemont…

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Six Signs the Padres’ Plan is Working Or Not

May 20, 2017

  Do you believe in the plan? You know…the Master Plan. THE…PLAN. The answer for most Padres fans falls between one of two extremes: cynicism or romanticism. Whichever way one leans, it is foolhardy to embrace franchise goals as inevitable without checkpoints. These are, after all, goals the Padres set for themselves and commitments they made to their fans. Padres fans have been mistreated by ownership for years, and on…

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Five Small Stars in a Dark Sky – Christmas Hope for Padres Fans

December 10, 2016

Nobody at East Village Times has been a harsher critic of the San Diego Padres than I have. I have my reasons, and you can read about them in “A Reality Check on the Padres’ Future” and “Losing is a Disease.” I remain a staunch skeptic of the approach ownership is taking. After much deliberation, I reluctantly renewed my season tickets for another season—knowing I’m going to watch carnage on the field…

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Losing is a Disease (A Padres Theme)

October 21, 2016

In 2016, the San Diego Padres went 68-94. They finished 23 games out of first place. Attendance was down 1,337 per game—a 8.25 decline%. TV ratings were down a league-leading 38%. Active payroll was just over 29 million at season’s end. Yesterday, the General Manager responsible for the team’s disastrous finish came back from a 30-day suspension for an ethics violation to find the team President, Mike Dee was fired….

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A Reality Check on the Padres’ Future

August 31, 2016

I’m not optimistic about the San Diego Padres future plan, but I want to be. I have tremendous faith in A.J. Preller as a scout and believe the Padres will draft well under his leadership. However, even the best of scouts misses the mark—a lot. If we are banking our future on long off prospects in the pipeline as that pipeline is now constructed, both the Padres and their fans…

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