A lot has been made around these parts about the ineptitude of the San Diego Padres. And, fairly or not, much of the blame has fallen on the shoulders of CEO and emotionless cyborg, Sandy Alderson. The guy made completely awful decisions over the past few years. So bad were his calls that I now truly believe he was sent from the future to protect the Padres from the burden of being successful.
“Come with me if you want to lose,” could have been Alderson’s iconic refrain.
Yesterday, the Padres finally made the first step of a new era when Jeff Moorad (who is heading a group that will buy the team) stepped in as the new CEO and Alderson resigned. On one hand, it made one of our t-shirts completely obsolete, on the other, thank the Lord.
I don’t know if Moorad will be any good at his job but after so many recent major public relations boners, Alderson had to go. He did some good (like the building of an incredible baseball academy in the Dominican Republic) but in the end his penny-pinching, numbers-crunching approach sent the Padres to the bottom of the Major Leagues.
Hell, he wasn’t even successful at losing. Had the Friars just given up last season, brought up all the young kids and in the process dropped four more games they’d be in position to draft local product and “the best prospect in 10 years” Stephen Strasburg. The kid grew up in San Diego, goes to San Diego State, plays for Tony Gwynn and idolizes Jake Peavy. Oh, did I mention he throws 101-mph with movement and has a sick 94-mph slider? Yeah, we totally couldn’t use a power arm like that. Nope.
Instead, the Padres are stuck with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, which has been referred to as the worst of the past decade. Other than Strasburg, no one has definitively separated themselves as surefire top five talent. Awesome.
The Padres are a mess and it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting better any time soon. In fact, they could very well be worse this year than the 99-loss team from 2008. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve stopped paying attention to the team’s day-to-day action. The pitching staff is so bad that in the last week of March they were still searching for guys to fill the 3, 4 and 5 spots in the rotation since Cha Seung Baek and Kevin Correia aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire, and no advanced prospects look ready for the big leagues.
Basically Moorad is walking into a situation similar to what Barack Obama faced when he took over as the 44th President of the United States.
So the Moorad Era begins today in Padreland. Let’s hope he brings change we can believe in.