Reading numerous message board, Twitter & Facebook posts from Padres fans lately has me realizing that a lot people have a severe case of DENIAL. Do you really think, that while the Cubs and Theo Epstein are crossing the t's & dotting the....lower case j's on his contract, that he's going to sit back and do nothing? Sure protocol may say that he can't call up these guys, but do you really think anyone abides by that rule? He knows the job is his and I can guarantee you that like any good business man, he has the majority of his front office team in tact with verbal agreements in place already.
Of course no one can comment on this just yet, due to said protocol. One person opens their mouth to early and it sends a ripple effect. Of course this includes Padres GM (for now) Jed Hoyer, who told Bill Center that he won't "comment on speculation". Much like I said yesterday on Facebook, the tandem of Hoyer and Jason McLeod or just Josh Byrnes will be leaving the Padres. When I met with Jeff Moorad in October of 2009 I wrote this....
First topic we discussed was the GM situation. I brought up the fact that I felt that the firing of KT was bad timing as the team was coming off a promising 2nd half. It’s almost like a step backward instead of a step forward like most people thought would happen in 2010. Like he’s said numerous times to the media he said that he wanted a more “strategic” GM instead of a “gunslinger”. He referenced Josh Byrnes over in Arizona as to the type of strategic thinking GM who plans out years ahead instead of flying by the seat of his pants each year. He wants a GM who is going to provide consistent winning baseball. I actually brought up the fact that when Byrnes took over in late 2005 the team actually got worse in his first season (2006) on the job, won the Division in ‘07 then proceeded to get considerably worse each year after (8 games worse in 2008 & 12 games worse in 2009) while also not having a single minor league team do well this year (not a single playoff berth among the entire minor leagues). He stated how injuries killed the Diamondbacks this year (Webb & Conor Jackson) & that a number of inside baseball people believe that they are going to be very good next season. I personally don’t see it considering I haven’t been to impressed with a single Josh Byrnes lead draft nor most of his top signings (Doug Davis/Eric Byrnes). And considering that the team has gotten worse each year instead of improving like young teams should be doing, but I’ll take his word on it. I then asked how the GM search was going and he sounded very positive but was tight lipped when it comes to names. To me it sounds like they’ve got the next GM picked out (my guess is Jed Hoyer will be the new Padres GM since Moorad talked so highly of Byrnes who is essentially cut from the same cloth) but need to wait until the playoffs end, but that’s just me speculating.
So the Fro's interview back in 2009 forcasted the Jed Hoyer hiring AND the Josh Byrnes love fest (not to mention eliminating the Sand unis & bringing in the grays)? Who would have thought? Tom Krasovic tweeted yesterday that Byrnes is "like a son" to Moorad and Darren Smith went so far as to call his shot.
With all that said, I would be very dissapointed if Hoyer & McLeod left. They basically just started the job & I'd like them to see their vision through. If not...well I guess let the Byrnes era begin.