07/23/2012 08:00:00 AM
Padres Josh Byrnes compounds earlier mistakes by signing LF Carlos Quentin to a 3 yr/$30 million extension
In the middle of Vicky Santo's stirring comments during the induction speech for her husband Ron here in Cooperstown a member of our front office leans over to me and says, "what is Byrnes thinking"?
04/05/2012 00:20:00 AM
My Predictions for the NL West
04/04/2012 23:24:00 PM
The Padres pick Owings, Hermida and Parrino to fill last 3 spots on 25 man roster
Fair Warning. 6 hours on planes followed by two Arrogant Bastards and I am a little riled up.
I am so fucking sick of teams picking who is going to be on the team by who has more experience or by financial considerations.
WTF happened to the best player getting the spot?
With ALL THREE choices for the last 3 spots on the 25 man roster, the Padres picked the WORSE player. The one that absolutely sucks.
The Pa [..]
03/18/2012 16:00:00 PM
San Diego Padres GM Byrnes made a huge, and to the low budget Padres very expensive, mistake in trading for Carlos Quentin.
The prospects he sent to the White Sox notwithstanding, Quentin had averaged only 98 games per season in the field for the White Sox over the past three seasons. Nothing indicated he would be any more healthy his year. In fact, the pattern of being injury prone was in place like a Huge Red Flag and Byrnes simply ignored the warning signs. Byrnes wanted to make up for anoth [..]
01/07/2012 20:07:00 PM
Saturday January 7, 2012
So let me get this straight.
Padres GM Josh Byrnes trades away:
A 22 year old prospect that was a centerpiece of the trade that sent Adrian Gonzales to the Red Sox and who grades out as a future star (if not All Star) quality everyday position player who crushed at AAA at age 21 in 2011
A 25 year old reliever with a history of shoulder problems?
Byrnes has made the cardinal mistake of anointing a 25 year old prospect as the Padres starting 1B after a cup [..]
12/31/2011 18:49:00 PM
San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes is out of his f'ing mind.
He has just made what may be the single worst trade in the history of the Padres franchise sending Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez to the Chicago White Sox for OF/DH Carlos Quentin.
Yes, that is a bold statement, but lets take a look at the facts of this trade.
What did the Padres give up?
Byrnes traded away two good young pitchers in Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez that will likely make the White Sox staff in 2012. If Castro is not [..]
11/20/2011 22:55:00 PM
The Rich Get Richer
Bud Selig and the big market owners at MLB have put a hatchet in the back of the Small and Mid market teams with this new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The small market teams have been all but marginalized. They will no longer have any opportunity to compete under the new rules.
Changes in Arbitration Eligibility RulesPlayers with less than three years of major league service will now have to have 2 years 86 days of service and be in the top 20% of the league in productio [..]
11/16/2011 22:25:00 PM
Wednesday November 16, 2011
According to sources at the MLB General Managers meetings in Milwaukee, the San Diego Padres made a two offer to 34 year old former Dodgers and Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal. While the exact terms are not known, the offer was reportedly for 2 years/$15 million with an option year.
Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer has been pretty firm about wanting 3 years, but will likely take two years with an option. Especially if it is an option with a vesting clause.
The Padres [..]
11/14/2011 14:04:00 PM
The Definition of a Great Closer:
To be considered the best closer in the game of baseball
you need to do one simple thing,
Save the highest percentage of games.
It doesn't matter what the velocity is on your fastball.
It doesn't matter how many guys you strike out per nine innings.
It doesnt matter what your ERA or SIERA was.
It doesn't matter what your WHIP or FIP or WAR was.
The ONLY thing that matters
is that when you team has a lead in the 8th or 9th inning
that you keep the other te [..]
11/12/2011 16:57:00 PM
Guest Post from The Hammer
Another year, another change.
The Padres rolled out their new uniforms yesterday and the first thought that came to mind was
why? Again? Why? Fans always complain that they dont want to buy players jerseys because they dont stay long, well why would anyone want to buy Padres jerseys if they are just going to become outdated sooner rather than later.
I understand the bring back the brown crowd and it appears that the Padres tried to give them something to [..]
11/12/2011 16:45:00 PM
Over the next month you will begin to see articles from several guest writers at Websoulsurfer.
Some talking about San Diego Padres baseball, some about MLB and some about other subjects near and dear to baseball fans.
Like me, these guys are looking for a place to express themselves without endangering their jobs.
They will be posting under pseudonyms - "The Hammer", Scouting America, Out in Left Field, and Your SABR Daddy may be a few of the names you see.
10/13/2011 16:20:00 PM
Thursday October 13, 2011
First I want to apologize for not posting much this season.
My new employment has kept me on the road much of the year wand watching minor league baseball instead of the 100+ major league games I have attended in years past.
Recently my employers have asked all of us to not blog until we had a new boss in place. While that is not completed yet, I did not want to let down the BBA by neglecting to vote for the Goose Gossage Award for the best reliever in the NL.
08/28/2011 15:33:00 PM
Sunday August 28, 2011If I was GM, what would I do to fix the Cubs?Right now, even though they have millions coming off the books for 2012, the Cubs are saddled with $86.6 million in contracts for 2012 for just 8 players (including Ramirez whose option will be picked up). $52 million of that money is for 3 decidedly mediocre players Zambrano, Dempster and Soriano. 5 teams with better records than the Cubs spent less than that amount on their entire team in 2011.
With no changes the team will [..]
08/07/2011 01:05:00 AM
Saturday August 6, 2011
How the Padres Blew Trade of Type A Free Agent Heath Bell
I keep hearing that the reasoning the Padres are giving for not trading Heath Bell is that they felt that they were not being offered two draft picks worth of prospects in return.
In my opinion, the Padres front office outsmarted themselves on not trading Bell for whatever they could get before the July 31st trading deadline.
Three things the Padres brain trust should have kept in mind: Draft picks in the 1st and [..]
06/28/2011 22:38:00 PM
Tuesday June 28, 2011
Why is Will Venable starting games? Are the Padres "showcasing" him so they can trade him? Entice teams with a tantalizing short burst of play over mediocrity from Venable?
Padres fans have ample evidence over the past 3 years
06/28/2011 00:32:00 AM
Monday June 27, 2011
Introducing your 2012 San Diego Padres!
A week ago I wrote that trade winds were whipping up in San Diego. Well, GALE force winds are blowing in San Diego today. The Padres have gone 10-14 for the month of June, including a
06/20/2011 23:57:00 PM
Monday June 20, 2011
The Padres get swept by the sad sack Twins & talk of Padres players finding homes in new cities in the next month has turned from an if to a when.
Padres closer Heath Bell and his $7 million salary is a certainty to be moved
05/08/2011 15:32:00 PM
Sunday May 8, 2011
Happy Mothers Day!
In keeping with my "worst" theme, I want to talk about what is possibly the worst measure of a players performance.
Win-Loss for Starting pitchers. Really pitchers of any kind.
Want to know just how ridiculou
05/06/2011 22:51:00 PM
Friday May 6, 2011
Yesterday I gave you the bad news and it got worse for the Padres since I posted that piece.
The Padres "best" hitter on the season so far, catcher Nick Hundley, was placed on the the 15 day DL with a strained oblique muscle.
05/05/2011 23:50:00 PM
Thursday May 5, 2011
When you lose two of three to the lowly Pittsburg Pirates and the player leading your team in RBI and hitting 3rd in the lineup is batting just .215, you know your team is not destined for great things.
Padres LF Ryan Ludwick
04/11/2011 22:05:00 PM
Monday April 11, 2011
On the day I paid $4.11 for gas, I came to the realization watching Hawpe fail miserably to get a hit in the 1st inning of the Padres vs Reds that even though its only the 9th game of the season, its time for the Padres to sit
04/10/2011 18:00:00 PM
Sunday April 10, 2011
Well, Ludwick is who we thought he was at the end of last season - a terrible Padres hitter.
So far he is hitting just .120 as a Padre in 2011 with just 3 hits in 25 abs. Granted 1 of the 3 was a home run, but even if all 3 we
03/28/2011 23:32:00 PM
Monday March 28, 2011
Its amazing how much one trade and one trip to the DL can effect the opening day roster. And all in the space of 18 hours.
As widely anticipated, or at least bandied about, the Padres traded for utility man Alberto Gonzalez to
03/27/2011 20:56:00 PM
March 27, 2011
It has been an interesting, fast paced and hectic year in the Web Soulsurfer household.
I have logged 341,700 frequent flyer miles and more than 200 days away from home since March 31st of 2010.
I have met many incredible people, wo
03/27/2011 20:28:00 PM
March 27, 2011
The San Diego Padres Roster to OPEN the 2011 season
This is a preliminary roster depending on if the Padres make a last minute trade. The roster WILL change within 10 days of opening day as LeBlanc will move from being the lefty out o
02/16/2011 21:51:00 PM
Wednesday February 15, 2011
Signing Albert Pujols to a $30 million per year contract
would be franchise suicide for the St Louis Cardinals.
Albert Pujols vs San Diego Padres
If the the St Louis Cardinals give in to Pujols (and many the fans and
01/31/2011 23:08:00 PM
Monday January 31, 2011
I had to wait to write this column about Trevor Hoffman's retirement until I wasn't so emotional. The problem is every time I saw the man play it was an emotional experience. Those emotions are indelibly etched in my memory a
01/10/2011 22:26:00 PM
Monday January 10, 2011
If the multi-year contracts of Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett are any indication, Jed Hoyer is putting together a Padres team for a 2 year run at the playoffs. That would be a real good sign for Heath Bell signing a mul
01/05/2011 02:04:00 AM
Tuesday January 4, 2011
Backup catcher has been a strength for the San Diego Padres the past two seasons with Henry Blanco and Yorvit Torrealba pulling on the tools of ignorance every other day.
For 2011 the Padres do not have a veteran defensive c
01/03/2011 23:26:00 PM
Monday January 3, 2011
With the confirmation of the signing of former Rockie/Ray Brad Hawpe to play 1st base, the 2011 Padres starting line up has finally taken shape.
And it has a completely different look and feel from the 2010 version w/only 3 o
12/30/2010 22:42:00 PM
Thursday December 30, 2010
This started as a response to ESPN's Jim Caples article on Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules.
In his article Caples says that steroids were not against the rules of baseball so he is going to vote for people that used st
12/27/2010 20:46:00 PM
Monday December 27, 2010
After nearly two months of constant travel, this weary Padres fan is I am finally home for an extended stay!
A brutal work schedule that saw me in 27 cities in October & November followed by an extended
10/21/2010 22:04:00 PM
Thursday October 21, 2010
2010 BBA Walter Johnson NL Pitcher of the Year Award Award
This award was a no brainer for me.
Roy "Doc" Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies in a landslide.
Even before his no hitter in playoffs he has been dominant f
10/19/2010 19:45:00 PM
Tuesday October 19, 2010
I had a difficult decision with this award and the choices that had me pulling my hair out were only between Padres pitchers.
Brian Wilson of the Giants had 3 more save opportunities to get only 1 more save than the Padres
10/13/2010 01:14:00 AM
Tuesday October 12, 2010
Well here it is. My first installment of the Annual BBA Awards.
As usual we start with the Manager of the Year Award. This season the BBA has named it the Connie Mack Award in honor of the 5 time World Series Champion Manag
10/07/2010 21:59:00 PM
Yeah. I am watching the games. But I just don't have the enthusiasm for playoff baseball that I had in years past.
Is it the fact that my team isn't there? No. The Padres have only been to the playoffs a handful of times since I became a season tick
10/05/2010 02:26:00 AM
Tuesday October 5th, 2010
The 2010 season is over and all we have left as Padres fans is to look forward to 2011.
So lets set the table.
The Ownership Situation -
With the Moores divorce nearing a final resolution after more than 2 years and wit