“Padres-How They Got Here”
The Friars have turned the quarter pole of the baseball season a lot better off than they have been in recent years.
In fact, this is the best start Manager Andy Green has had in his fourth year on the job.
Gone forever, the (15-0) shelling that first game he ever managed against the Dodgers.
In the past too getting shutout 3-straight games to start the season against those hated Dodgers…too.
Forget the (66-96) disaster that last year was.
No longer do we consider the (205-281) record Green had for the first three seasons of mistakes, injuries and limited talent players.
New season, new day, new era, lots of new-young players.
So far, so good, for a Padres team making progress while going thru a learning curve season with a very young pitching rotation.
No one should be ordering wildcard playoff tickets yet, but fans should be hating out ‘attaboys’ to Padres GM-AJ Preller, and his posse of scouts for the job they have done in getting some talent to the majors, with more to come.
The Padres stole Fernando Tatis from the White Sox in a James Shileds trade.
They went out and traded for hot young pitcher Chris Paddock, when he was with the Miami Marlins.
They sighted-scouted pitcher Matt Strahm, who they got in a deal from Kansas City.
Look at what Francisco Reyes has become in right field, with bat and glove.
Kid catcher Francisco Mejia came from Cleveland and shows a lot of promise on defense.
Of course when you spent 101M to sign draft picks and international free agents, you need to get results, and they have.
So there is excitement and promise from Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Cal Quantrill and more on the way, promise of more arms within the next calendar year..
It’s the money from Ron Fowler and PeterSeidler. It’s the acumen from lead talent evaluators Chris Kemp and Sam Geaney and Mark Conner and grizzled veteran exec Logan White.
While all the attention has been focused on Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer and the kid arms, the unknown people upstairs at Petco Park deserve kudos.
A lot of leg work by a lot of scouts, has led this team to a quick getaway out of the gate at the quarter pole of the MLB season.
1-winning season in the last 10-years. Looks like that is about to change this year.
Hard work-quality scouting, that’s how they got here.