When the ball drops this New Year’s eve, the San Diego Padres and their fans will be more than happy to see this decade come to an end.
There have been a lot of disappointing seasons and stretches in the history of the San Diego Padres, but I’m not sure we’ve seen a more disappointing decade than the one we just endured.
They won 739 games from 2010-2019 averaging 73.9 wins a season and they had a losing record in nine straight seasons with no playoff appearances since 2006.
It was the fewest amount of wins in a decade since their first decade in existence when they won just 667 games from 1970-1979. And that’s a little more understandable as a start-up team.
There really is no excuse for the lack of good results over the past decade.
And 2019 in particular was highly disappointing as well. Going into the season many thought the Padres had a chance to play .500 baseball and possibly contend for a Wild Card spot.
They were doing just that entering July, but then they went 28-51 down the stretch, including a six-game losing streak to end the season.
So yeah, good riddance to 2019 and the entire past decade — we won’t miss you.
As the calendar flips to January 2020 on Wednesday it’ll do so with a newfound optimism for the San Diego Padres.
They have a new manager in Jayce Tingler, a young superstar in Fernando Tatis Jr., a verified superstar in Manny Machado, and some exciting young starting pitching in Chris Paddack, MacKenzie Gore, and Luis Patino. And brown is back!
As bad as this past decade has been, I’m not sure there has been more excitement and optimism for this San Diego franchise going into a decade.
I can’t wait for the ball to drop this New Year’s and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this team in the decade to come. Happy New Year’s, everyone!