Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/4/12
It was a season of extreme highs and lows for the San Diego Padres. During spring training, Jeff Moorad's bid to complete his $500 million "lay-away" purchase of the Padres failed when a group of major league owners moved to block the transfer. Later, majority owner John Moores successfully sold the team for $800 million to a group led by heirs to former Dodgers owners Walter and Peter O'Malley and San Diego businessman Ron Fowler -- after Moores had pocketed a $200 million advance payment on Fox Sports San Diego's 20-year, $1.2 billion contract to televise Padres games. The single darkest moment came on June 24, when beloved bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds lost his 19-month fight with pancreatic cancer. On the field, any hope of a winning record was wiped out by the rash of injuries to starting pitchers early in the season -- three-fifths of the projected rotation made a total of seven starts. Left-hander Cory Luebke was the first of three Padres pitchers to have Tommy John ...
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