I’m supposed to write something about baseball here. That’s my recollection, anyway.
First, a quick programming note: The long, once-a-week pieces from last year are done. Turns out they required a lot of work, and I’m lazy, so no mas. I’ll be publishing more frequently this year and the articles will be shorter.
So, baseball. The Padres. We still have a team in San Diego, right?
On Stuff That Has (or Hasn’t) Happened
Bullet points already? Brilliant…
- The hiring of Jed Hoyer as GM — Beyond my disappointment in seeing Kevin Towers leave, I am devoid of opinion on this move. There are no data points on Hoyer as GM, so I’m withholding judgment until I see something. Yeah, that makes me a lousy blogger. I’ll live with it.
- The loss of Henry Blanco to the Mets — Hank White is a solid backup catcher who does all those things I can’t quantify (good luck disproving that). We’ll see if newly acquired Dusty Ryan can do the same. No disrespect to Nick Hundley, who is better than he gets credit for, but I like the idea of having a veteran presence to work with kids like Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, and whoever else sticks. This year’s pitching staff should be better than last year’s (Walter Silva?), which is more of a threat than a compliment, but it’s going to need help. And I’m still expecting 85-90 losses out of these guys, which means that the emphasis needs to be on developing Latos, LeBlanc, Gallagher, Poreda, whomever.
- The loss of Drew Macias to the Diamondbacks — Damn politics. By rights, this guy should still be in San Diego, but his name isn’t Gwynn. The stupid thing is, Macias isn’t even that great. It’s just that teams like the Padres aren’t in a position to discard him. It would have been nice to see them at least convert Macias into another spare part.
- The loss of Brian Giles to… somewhere — He wasn’t Jason Bay, but neither was Bay when he played here. Giles had a nice run in his hometown and he carried the ’05 team into the playoffs. I won’t miss the ’09 version, but I will miss the guy that was a vital part of the offense from late 2003 through 2008. It stinks that he leaves on such a down note.
- The hiring of Dick Enberg to work TV play-by-play — Love it. Enberg is an iconic figure from my youth. He’s right there with Vin Scully and Chick Hearn in my mind. I only hope that Mark Neely remains an integral part of the team. He had huge shoes to fill when Matt Vasgersian departed, and although Matty V. is impossible to replace, Neely held his own. I enjoyed watching games that he called, which I cannot say about everyone (sorry, FOX, did I offend?).
- The Adrian Gonzalez trade rumors — Whatever. If/when something happens, I’ll form an opinion. Until then, I couldn’t care less.
- The Kevin Kouzmanoff trade rumors — Same thing. Heath Bell, too.
Shorter. More frequently. I should shut up now. If I’ve missed something, let me know; we’ll talk about it later.