Apr 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres ownership partners Tom Seidler (one from left) and Peter Seidler (three from left) and Ron Fowler (two from right), and Kevin O

Enigmatic Front Office Stirs Up Frustration

This has to be the worst starting rotation I can remember, and I sat through games with Brian Meadows, Stan Spencer and Brian Tollberg (ugh). You can’t expect to win games when you are down four or five runs before the 5th inning. Hitters start to press and it wears on them.

Winter meetings were suppose to produce a starting pitcher. That’s what the front office said they needed but they never produced it. One good starting pitcher isn’t going to flip the team’s record but it would make games respectable. There is not one starting pitcher on this roster that makes me want to watch a game. No Jake Peavey, Mat Latos, or Corey Luebke type guys. None of the guys in the rotation are exciting.

We knew how bad the starting rotation could be but I don’t think anyone thought it would be this bad. Which brings me to this point: if the front office couldn’t get another arm and knew how crappy the rotation could possibly be, WHY THE **** DID YOU MOVE THE FENCES IN?!

Is it not more logical to move the fences AFTER you have a respectable, Major League rotation to field? Padres pitchers have allowed more home runs at home (13) than on the road (12). The issue here is the fact that they have allowed way too many home runs in general.

Young arms were suppose to shore up the rotation but injuries have severely set them back. What was the rush to move the fences in? Why not wait until those arms were ready to go?

Also, if they knew they were going to move the fences so soon, why trade Anthony Rizzo? Put him in left field and let him hit. There is no way Rizzo in left would be more of a liability than Jesus Guzman.

I’m hoping that this is all an elaborate master plan to develop a dynasty by Josh Byrnes and Co. My gut tells me they might just be the dumbest organization of the last ten years.


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  • http://www.throughthefencebaseball.com/author/mickey-koke/ Mickey Koke

    The rush to move in the fences? 9 years overdue!

    • Lee Bosch

      Yes but why would they trade Rizzo before giving him a shot at the new outfield dimensions? There was room for him and we could have received more if he would have shown power in the “new park”.

      • http://www.throughthefencebaseball.com/author/mickey-koke/ Mickey Koke

        Also, the time of the trade the Front Office didn’t make the moving in of the fences concrete at that time.

        • Lee Bosch

          The earliest report i found on the dimension changes being announced was Oct 6, 2012. the trade was announced jan 6th, 2012. i’ll give them the benefit of the doubt but its just frustrating. everyone knew we got screwed on the deal. it wasnt a lopsided trade but we should have received more. they jumped the gun too soon. bad front office moves continue to pile up and its hard to cut these guys a break.

  • http://www.throughthefencebaseball.com/author/mickey-koke/ Mickey Koke

    Rizzo in the outfield? Umm..

    • Lee Bosch

      They put Headley in left when he first came up. It would have only been temporary. Rizzo would not have been worse than Guzman out there, that was the point.

      • http://www.throughthefencebaseball.com/author/mickey-koke/ Mickey Koke

        I understand the point. The problem? It’s not the same. Rizzo was in Trilpe-A and Headley had been groomed for the OF in AA. Rizzo would not have had that luxury at a premium position with the chance to be a Gold Glove first baseman skill-set. I am with you and maybe not dealing him so quickly, or for the person we dealt him for.