San Diego Padres: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Captivating February

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Sep 28, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (70) and third baseman Yangervis Solarte (26) are congratulated after scoring during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (70) and third baseman Yangervis Solarte (26) are congratulated after scoring during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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It was quite a month of February for the San Diego Padres. We give a quick recap of the best and the worst of the shortest month of the year.

The shortest month of the year has flown by for baseball fans everywhere, and fans of the San Diego Padres.

The stage is set for yet another season, and the Padres have provided for their fans reasons to be optimistic, reasons to be skeptical, and reasons to be downright frightened.

It is this month’s edition of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

Weaver is back – The Padres began the month by signing right-handed veteran Jered Weaver. The former Los Angeles Angel will provide much needed depth to the rotation, even if he is only a shell of his former self.

Bethancourt’s versatility – It’s nice that the Padres are getting some national attention. An article published in the USA Today highlights an unprecedented experiment. San Diego catcher, pitcher, and outfielder Christian Bethancourt is attempting to perform at all three positions at the major league level on a consistent basis. If nothing else, this is fascinating.

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The Bad

Early Cactus League play – For what it’s worth, the Padres are 0-3 entering the final day of February. Once again, for what it’s worth. But it’s certainly not a good thing, especially since San Diego pitching is surrendering more than ten runs a game.

Power Rankings – Has anyone heard how the “experts” are foreseeing San Diego’s 2017 season? Check it out for yourself. The evaluation of talent on the roster is just not cutting it, unless the Padres really are that bad.

The Ugly

Picture day and the uniforms – This is, literally, the ugly of the month. The new “bold” look is also far from what fans are used to. The only good news is, San Diego is going to hold on to their mustard and brown look, the only acceptable uniforms if you ask Padre purists.

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In summary, it has been a month filled with optimism, but a time of growing pains for the Padres. Fans have a lot to look forward as March begins, even though February wasn’t necessarily the prettiest. What this past month was though was very revealing and captivating on so many different fronts.

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