Is it possible that one player has changed the culture and mindset of the entire San Diego Padres organization in just a few short weeks?
Not to discount the fantastic work that A.J. Preller and the rest of the Friars’ ownership, front office, and coaching staff have done to improve every aspect of this franchise over the last few years, but the arrival of Eric Hosmer has seemingly taken the San Diego Padres’ blueprints of the future and brought them to life much quicker than anyone could have anticipated.
The Padres’ core, pre-Hosmer, consisted of Wil Myers, the newly-acquired Freddy Galvis, Hunter Renfroe who was coming off of a big year, and a handful of younger guys who were finally going to get a shot (Cory Spangenberg, for one).
Then, with the wave of a magic-wand, the Friars plugged an All-Star into Myers’ spot at first, moving him to the outfield and blah blah blah. We’ve already gone over that scenario, at length. Let’s move on to more intriguing matters.
San Diego Padres have to be pinching themselves
The San Diego Padres must be dreaming. Could their entire organization really be advancing at this pace? Everyone in baseball has been well aware of the armory of weapons Preller and Andy Green have stashed away in their farm system for a long time.
What nobody, myself included, ever expected was to see guys like Fernando Tatis Jr., Franchy Cordero, Christian Villanueva, Franmil Reyes, and Josh Naylor show these types of jumps in productivity so soon.
It would be crazy to think that the arrival of Hosmer could ever bring this type of result over the course of less than a month. But, for hitters at all levels of this beautiful game, confidence goes a very long way.
What Eric Hosmer has apparently brought to the San Diego Padres’ organizational table is shipping containers full of confidence. Let’s see how far it can take the Friars this season.