Today, Trevor Hoffman decided to retire, according to MLB.com. He was a class act on and off the field, and a great San Diego icon. Trevor had a Hall of Fame career, and was one of the best closers in MLB history. Whenever he entered to save a game, people knew. The “Hells Bells” song as he entered was one of the greatest moments in sports. Here is my tribute to #51.
The Padres off-season was filled with many question marks after a surprising 2010 campaign where they won 90 games and finished 1 game back of the Giants in the NL West. The off-season started off slowly for the Padres, and quickly for everyone else. There were many free agents going to new teams very early, which Padres GM Jed Hoyer did not expect. “This offseason surprised me. I thought we’d be doing most of this stuff in January, but it went quick, and it was expensive. Our shopping got moved up because we moved Adrian.” I have not written an entry in a while, so I am going to examine the Padres moves so far this off-season, with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report.
On Saturday afternoon, the Padres dealt young right handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to the Marlins for young, talented outfielder Cameron Maybin. The Padres went into their deepest position and talent to cover one of their needs this off-season.
The Padres are in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. I don’t think anyone expected this, but it’s baseball. Anything can happen. You have good games and bad ones. Good streaks and bad streaks. It’s just part of the game. Absolutely nothing is going right for the Padres right now. Nothing is going their way, their D is mediocre, and they’re slumping with the bats. They are pressing big time. The good thing is, even with this slide, they still own a 1 game lead over the Giants in the West. But, of course, the Padres need to start winning. And i’m sure everyone knows that, it’s no secret.
The Padres wrapped up a 4 game series vs. the Dodgers in LA on Thursday, hoping to snap their brief 2 game losing streak. They did just that, shutting out the Dodgers 5-0 to take a 2 game lead over the Giants, who lost to the Braves, in the NL West.
The Padres made 2 key moves within a matter of 48 hours, improving their lineup and their ballclub overall. They acquired Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick. In this post, I am going to break down the trades & explain why both trades made sense for the Padres.
The Padres started off the second half on a fantastic note, sweeping a 3 game series versus the D-Backs. I was lucky enough to go to one game, thanks to Hyun Young of Perpetual Padres Saga.