Nice win Sunday afternoon against the Nationals to take the series and remain in first place by two games over the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. I still don’t understand why a guy with Jake Peavy’s stuff has to get so cute when he’s ahead in the count, but oh well.
The Padres are off Monday before embarking on a three-game series in New York against the Mets on Tuesday. While we’re waiting for that, I’d like to formally introduce the San Diego Padres Organizational Tree that we first took a sneak peek at on Friday.
In a nutshell, the organizational tree shows all current Padres big-leaguers and key minor-leaguers (Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects, top picks in the June 2006 draft, and anyone acquired in a trade), and links each of them back to their source. A simple example would be Josh Bard, who was acquired for Doug Mirabelli, who was acquired for Mark Loretta. Others, such as the Chan Ho Park and Ryan Klesko lines, are more complicated.
For each current Padres player, I identify whether he was drafted by the team, acquired via trade, or signed as a free agent. For all players (even Russ Spear, about whom I can find precious little information — this transaction dated March 9, 1995, is pretty much it), I identify which general manager is respsonsible for bringing him to San Diego. In a couple instances (Doug Brocail, Phil Plantier), a player appears twice on the tree as part of different transactions, so you see, e.g., Plantier listed as being brought here by Joe McIlvaine in the December 1992 trade with Boston, and by Kevin Towers in the January 1997 free agent signing. Also, all players who reached the big leagues are linked to their page at Baseball Reference so you can view their entire careers if you’re so inclined.
At best, this organizational tree will provide a useful resource for fans of the Padres and baseball in general. I know of a few others in existence (Will Young’s Twins org tree inspired mine, and I found trees for the Yankees and Red Sox via the Baseball Graphs Blog) and would love to see more.
At worst, this tree will serve as a reminder of the fine work the oft-maligned Randy Smith did during his tenure as GM of the Padres under extremely difficult circumstances. Smith’s contributions paved the way for the playoff teams of 1996 and 1998 under his successor, Kevin Towers. In addition to acquiring Andy Ashby and Trevor Hoffman despite having zero leverage, Smith also engineered the deal that brought cornerstones Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley to San Diego. To take nothing away from Towers or any other key figures, Smith’s role in getting the Padres back to the World Series cannot, and should not, be underestimated.
I enjoyed researching and assembling this organizational tree and, now that it’s built, I intend to keep it updated so we can continue to refer to it into the future. I hope you find some value in the tree; as always, I welcome your input — if you notice any errors, omissions, or potential enhancements, please let me know in the comments or drop me a line.