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...
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