Found January 26, 2012 on Friarhood:
You may have heard, but the Padres have a pretty good minor league system. In all seriousness, the Padres minor league system is one of the best, and most certainly one of the deepest, in all of baseball. Usually, in the same articles praising the Padres current organizational success, recently-departed Jed Hoyer is credited with building strong a system and almost as frequently the Sandy Alderson regime is reviled for leaving the system so bereft of talent. The problem with blaming Alderson, Towers, and company and crediting Hoyer is that it isn’t accurate. The media (sports or otherwise) will latch onto a perception and will run with it. They’ll treat an idea as boilerplate and announce it to their audience as a fact, “As you know, the Padres system hasn’t been very good in a long time…” Occasionally, and more sinisterly, these boilerplate arguments are repeated not even because the media believes them but because they serve an agenda. Padres’ former team president, Sandy Alders...

Padres 2012 Organizational Depth: First Base

Now that it appears that the majority of the changes are done for the 2012 Padres, it seems a good time to look at the depth in the organization at all the positions. This is the time of year that the writers of Baseball America and the notable baseball writers and commentators in this country put out their top prospect lists and their top prospects at each position. Many of the...

Padres and Pints: Episode 2 (Part1)

Hey, hey, hey! What do we have here? A video posted on time? CHECK. A video that you can hear the audio? DOUBLE CHECK. RJ's Fro & Avenging Jack Murphy drinking beers whilst chatting with MLB/Padres writer Corey Brock? CHECK, CHECK & CHECK. For Episode 2 of Padres and Pints, we ventured into the Fro's backyard of El Cajon. The El Cajon Brewing Co. is only a few months...

Daily Friar 1.26.12

  MLB released their top 100 prospect list yesterday for all baseball. Obviously it is a bit skewed in favor of big names like Matt Moore and Bryce Harper, but there are six Padres on the list which puts them in a tie for first. I personally don't agree with the entire list especially when the highest Padre is at #37 (Alonso) and Casey Kelly still makes the cut (#50). The...

Six Padres prospects rank among Top 100

The Padres have six players who rank among's Top 100 Prospects, including Yonder Alonso, whom they obtained in a deal over the offseason that sent Mat Latos to the Reds.

Hundley has rewarding experience Down Under

Catcher Nick Hundley, along with friend and Red Sox pitcher Mark Melancon and Blue Jays outfielder/infielder Chris Woodward, spent five days in New Zealand providing instruction in a country where cricket and rugby reign supreme.

Daily Friar 1.27.12

  Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all aren't working too hard and getting ready for the weekend. We're heading to that doldrum part of each year in between football and baseball season where not a whole lot goes on. Of course I say that with respect to the fact that they are my two favorite sports. I do like college basketball though and can't wait to see how far...

Epstein ready to put focus on the field

As Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer enter their first season as the Chicago Cubs' front office bosses, plenty of hope and optimism surrounds the club. But Epstein says he's ready for the focus to be on his players.

I Don’t See The Point In Bringing Chris Young, Do You?

Recently Sandy Alderson has said that he is open to bringing back starter Chis Young.  Reports are that the deal would most likely be a minor league deal, so he won’t be taking a spot on the Major League roster.  I just don’t see the point in having him return.  He didn’t pitch for the majority of the last season and missed almost the entire season in 2010. Yeah I get that...

ESPN: Mets monitoring left-handed hitters market

The #Mets are diligently monitoring the LH-hitting OF market: Damon, Fukudome, Ankiel, Ibanez and Pierre. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 26, 2012 The surplus of LH bats gives Sandy Alderson leverage — always a good thing for a team with financial constraints. #Mets — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 26, 2012

Should The Mets Play Moneyball?

The Mets currently have a front office in place that has earned them the nickname the “Moneyball Mets.”  Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was once Billy Beane’s mentor, and the Mets have also added a couple of other front office executives that once worked with Beane.  Does that mean the 2012 Mets are on pace to have the success the A’s had ten years ago that was chronicled in...

Free Falling…

The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Mets and gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million. The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets. After general manager Sandy...
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