“This-That-Some of Other-on Thursday”
PADRES…Waiting game now for Shohei Ohtani….Money will not be the deciding factor….So it’s down to Dodgers-Angels-Mariners-Padres in all likelihood…..Seems to me he is a better fit in the American League, where he could DH and still do his between start practice regimen.
PADRES II…Don’t know what to make of these Eric Hosmer rumors….Makes no sense to commit some 20M a year to him since he is not a game changer, good player,s but not a game changer…Think there are too many other teams that could outbid Friars on this one.
PADRES III…Baseball people tell me once the Ohtani-Stanton decisions are made, trades and free agent signings will come in waves, with the Winter meetings starting next Monday in Orlando….I’d be concerned if that means Joulys Chacin and Craig Stammen defect elsewhere as free agents….Thought the Padres would have them signed by now…not sure what the urgency was to sign Clayton Richard and Rob Erlin so early in off season.
DODGERS…A decision is coming quickly on Giancarlo Stanton, to LA, San Francisco or St Louis…he controls it all right now with that no trade contract….the other intangible is the price you pay to get him…because he also has an opt-out clause in 2020…would a club trade a ton with the risk he could walk after 3-years….maybe a club gets him to ‘waive’ that as a condition for a deal.
DODGERS II….LA also has to ask itself if the price is too hight, not the 10-years left at 285M that is very much back end loaded, but whether they should give Miami what it wants, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo for the 59-home run hitting MVP?
ANGELS…Strange winter meetings ahead of us….Arte Moreno’s team has payroll luxury tax issues…has big money still owed to Albert Pujols and his aging bodies, and has 7-pitchers coming off arm issues and surgeries. Wondering if they get aggressive and try to do more from the outside.
CHARGERS…They may be hot, 6-wins in 8-games, thank goodness for the garbage schedule, but they got roasted again this time in a column by “Ringer”….talking about the fan experience at Stub Hub Center in Carson…Among the quotes..
..Football team without a home
..LA is constellation of plastic people
..Everything in LA is manufactured
..Team has no identity
..Gloom-visiting mass of fans for other team in stands
..Chargers..unwanted football team
CHARGERS II….Wonder what it is like to be the Spanos family…forever hated going forward in the city they left San Diego, and either mocked or ignored, by fans in their new home, Los Angeles, the home of the Dodgers-Lakers-USC-UCLA and more.
AZTECS…Strong rip job by Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton on the Heisman snub of RB-Rashaad Penny….”I guess I didn’t read the fine print-this award for players only from Power 5-schools”.
AZTECS II…Defensive guru Danny Gonzalez on the Penny snub…”Guess we’ll find out on NFL draft day in the first round-whom they think is the top running back in football”
AZTECS III…Yes you can go home, so Bobby Hauck heads back to Montana as the Grizzlies new head coach, where he was (80-17) the first time around….Always thought he would be the head coach in waiting if Rocky Long retired…Watch for him to take a couple of more SDSU assistants with him on his Big Sky Conference staff.
AZTECS IV…Basketball is banged up, but (7-2)…but here comes the start of the conference season too…..SDSU faces Cal…Gonzaga and then Wyoming.
USD…Another step forward for the Toreros with that road win at New Mexico State at the usually tough Pan American Center…The Blue are now (6-2) with WCC play about to start…a big jump from where they have been the last couple of years.