It wasn’t that long ago that Padres fans were staring at their televisions and wondering “what on Earth has happened to Chase Headley?”
Because, as you’ll recall, the 2nd half of 2012 Chase Headley was a man on fire. He stormed to win the the RBI title. He increased his power numbers by a factor of 3 (8 HRs in the first half of 2012; 23 in the 2nd half). Fans were ready to offer David Wright level contracts. He appeared to be well on his way to becoming either the face of the Padres franchise or the next superstar that San Diego allowed to walk out of the door.
In 2013 we expected more of the same. Then an injury during Spring Training put Chase Headley on the DL to start the season. He missed the first 14 games of the season. The Padres went 4-10 during that span.
When Chase Headley came back he was not up to his 2012 peaks but he was good enough that no one really batted an eye. He hit .261 in April, OBP of .364 and had 2 HRs. Spectacular? Hardly. But in line with his career numbe...