Guys You Forgot Were Padres

Stupid fun for a Wednesday…

Player Year(s)
Mike Aldrete 1991
Marty Barrett 1991
Emil Brown 2001
Al Bumbry 1985
Storm Davis 1987
Jim Deshaies 1992
Miguel Dilone 1985
Oscar Gamble 1978
Atlee Hammaker 1990-91
Mike Hargrove 1979
Randy Hundley 1975
Dane Iorg 1986
Danny Jackson 1997
Jay Johnstone 1979
Dave Kingman 1977
Mickey Lolich 1978-79
Fred Lynn 1990
Jerry Manuel 1982
Willie Montanez 1980
Joe Niekro 1969
Sam Perlozzo 1979
Roberto Petagine 1995
Gary Pettis 1992
Johnny Podres 1969
Mike Scioscia 1993
Don Slaught 1997
Dickie Thon 1988
Bobby Valentine 1975-77

Winter Leagues

  • Phoenix 3, Saguaros 2 (box). Left-hander Will Startup worked an eight-pitch scoreless ninth. All Padres position players rode pine.
  • Obregon 10, Mexicali 4 (box). Jared Wells gave up two unearned runs on two hits in the ninth.
  • Navojoa 11, Hermosillo 8 (box). Two more hits for Oscar Robles, who batted second and played shortstop. Luis Cruz singled and drove in a run in three at-bats. He started at second base and moved to center in the seventh. Cruz has played at least three positions since the league started.

Other Stuff

I missed this when it happened, but according to Baseball America, the Padres have granted Hiram Bocachica and Scott Cassidy free agency. Cassidy did some nice work for the big club in the first half of 2006 but has been a non-factor since. I liked what I saw of Bocachica in limited opportunities and hope he gets a chance somewhere else.

Another guy granted free agency was right-hander Jermaine Van Buren. He’s coming off a poor showing at Triple-A, but this is someone who has enjoyed success in the high minors in the recent past. I’d identified Van Buren in the Ducksnorts 2007 Baseball Annual as a potential bargain reliever and I still think he might be worth a look.

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94 Responses »

  1. 46: I Love That Kid’s Bat, Milledge’s next rap hit.

    47: Worth considering, especially on a one-year deal. While OG now profiles as a leadoff hitter, there’s some chance he won’t be ready at the start of the year. And really, what’s the difference between leadoff and the #2 hitter? Working the count, drawing walks, works well both places.

  2. Not only was calling you, TW, instead of Milledge, wrong, but saying, “came up” was wrong too… I remember Milledge from when the Mets drafted him. He had a Kenny Lofton-type wirey body, now he looks stronger…

  3. CF is such an interesting discussion for the off-season…

  4. 52: That $100 per diem meal money on the road thickens lots of people. I’d prefer the added strength, as long as he’s still got the athleticism.

  5. 40: Crisp isn’t a lead off hitter. Your lead off hitter should be one of your three best hitters and we’d have to purge this team of talent for Crisp to be one of our top three hitters.

  6. 25. Thanks Tom, sorry I didn’t reply earlier. I would love to see the Padres take some more high ceiling guys as well, namely high school players – but the last time they made a big effort at that in 2004 – Bush, Killiam and Jones – they pretty much fell flat on their faces. Maybe they need some better scouts.

    Cumberland seems like he has some potential and I’m curious why they couldn’t get it done with Toledo – we never got a great answer on that one. I go back and forth on whether they should have taken a shot at Porcello.