What fascinates me is how quickly it all happened. The Padres lost their 99th game of the season on September 28, and a little more than four months later, everything had changed.
Sure, Petco Park is still here, as are Kevin Towers and Bud Black. Adrian Gonzalez hasn’t left, nor has Jake Peavy (though not for lack of effort).
Here is a brief recap of key figures that have left since the end of the ’08 season:
|TV voice of Padres since 2002
|Left to become first studio host at MLB Network
|Best shortstop in club history
|Traded to Cardinals for minor-league reliever Mark Worrell
|Best reliever in club history (and one of best in baseball history); face of franchise since Tony Gwynn retired
|Signed as free agent with Brewers
|Majority owner since December 1994; target of fans who felt he owed them more than he was willing/able to give
|Sold team to Jeff Moorad
|CEO since May 2005; architect of plan that worked pretty well for three years out of four
|Announced he would leave team once transition to Moorad’s group is complete
|Former first pick overall who couldn’t hit, became a pitcher, blew out his arm, got into off-field trouble, and generally represented organization’s failure to implement a sound draft process
|Designated for assignment to make room for Cliff Floyd
This is called swift and decisive action. Heck, I can’t clean house that fast, and I’ve only got about 1200 square feet.