Andy Green and his staff have done a terrific job harnessing the talent of a mostly young San Diego Padres roster.
Before the season began, not many folks had high hopes for the San Diego Padres. Even after the team brought in Eric Hosmer, there were still a ton of question marks. After an awful start and a litany of injuries, the Friars have come together and seem to be making quite the dent in the baseball world.
Will they compete for a divisional title or even a wild-card berth this season? Probably not. But This run that the team has been on must be doing wonders for this young team’s psyche. Going 24-20 since May 1 has instilled a self-confidence in this team. Even if they’re down a few runs, they haven’t really mailed in any close ones in recent weeks.
For the Padres to continue to prosper, the majority of the team will look to de facto team captain Eric Hosmer and another soon-to-be returning co-leader, Wil Myers for advice and reassurance. But sometimes, more experience and wisdom is necessary.
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San Diego Padres’ coaching staff has it all
When simple encouragement or a tip or pointer just aren’t enough, the presence of manager Andy Green, bench coach Mark McGwire, pitching coach Darren Balsley, hitting coach Matt Stairs, Skip Schumaker, and the rest of the Friars’ coaching staff have practically of all of the inherent baseball knowledge they might need.
They’ve carried this mixed-bag of veterans and rookies through the hellish first two months of the season (10-20 through April 30) and have jumped at the opportunity to rectify any crucial mistakes or miscues they see being made.
The team has a .533 winning percentage in one-run games, giving us an idea of just the type of moxie and self-belief this team has in themselves.
That characteristic, especially on a team that has been labeled by some as not having a true identity, is direct proof of the effect that an even-keeled, big-picture type of coaching staff this is.
To be honest, the underdog nature of Green plays so well with this organization. Along with the mental approach he clearly brings to the table and the staff he’s surrounded himself with, this writer couldn’t be more comfortable with this current regime leading the San Diego Padres back to prominence.