“Padres-Formula for Victory”
It’s right there on the label, the formula for Victory.
Veteran manager with credentials
Talent laden roster
Healthy pitching staff
A 90-win season and playoff games.
Bob Melvin, who had 90-win seasons in tough situations in Seattle..Arizona and Oakland, and a man who comes with much respect around the game, has signed a record (3Y-12M) deal to fix all that is wrong in San Diego.
Yes, Andy Green and Jayce Tingler may have won their introductory press conferences, talking philosophies and ideas, they had never won games in a major league dugout.
Melvin won the press conference too, in a baseball starved city, but in doing so, he did it with his (1,346) major league wins. He won it by talking about doing it with young teams with no experiences…with older teams about to embark on rebuilds. He did it with old school style mixed with new school analytics.
Bob Melvin-quotes from press conference:
..Surprised to be here-had never imagined this just two weeks ago
..Went to Peoria for 2-days of meetings with AJ Preller
..Came to San Diego for 2-more days of meetings
..Dinner meetings turned into all night baseball sessions
..AJ Preller has passion for baseball 24-7
..Peter Seidler is an impressive man
..The players-this ballpark..it’s electric
..This ballpark has become a true destination point for fans
..A’s players so impressed here-fans-swag chains-the atmosphere
..The roster was the real hook..some of best players in game
..The players are hungry to win
..Oakland-12 years..sometimes it’s time for change
..1st meeting with AJ sold me
..Padres did not underachieve..just had bad ‘third’ of season at wrong time
..Sky is limit for this team..passionate to win
..This is not about me..about a team that will come together
..Game has changed alot from my times in Seattle-Arizona
..Game has accelerated on field
..I learned alot about analytics under Billy Beane-it opened my eyes
..You can marry data with experience..find a blend-perfect balance
..Culture in clubhouse-I saw a passionate group
..Young players are the backbone of a franchise
..I had Yoennis Cepedes..Josh Donaldson..Matt Olson-Matt Chapman
..Leadership can come from any dynamic-A’s let young guys lead
..Coaching staff-I will take input from entire staff…add names to it
..There are no ‘old norms’ in baseball..What’s happening is good for game
Most opening managerial jobs are like ‘3 Mile Island’…no one left..no one around
Not San Diego..not the Friars.
Manager with credentials…talented roster…return to health of pitching staff…Add Water….93 win season
Bob Melvin won the press conference. Now we see if he can win the games. Bet he does !