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Hey, It Could Be Worse

The San Diego Padres midseason firing of Josh Byrnes was the equivalent to pushing another reset button for an organization that changes general managers – and owners – like the Kansas City Royals change hitting coaches. It’s a frustrating cycle – bringing in a new chef and allowing him to rearrange the kitchen only to have to start over again in short order when things don’t...
Via Padres Public
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Bud Black to return to San Diego in 2015

It's been a tough season for the San Diego Padres. They fired their general manager, Josh Byrnes, earlier in the season, hired another in A.J. Preller, and are going to miss the playoffs again. There has not been postseason baseball in San Diego since 2006. With organizational changes already being made in the front office, some questions have been raised as to whether manager...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball could be played in San Diego during September...
Via Bloguin Best
12 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball could be played in San Diego during September...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Who'll be sent packing as season hits home stretch?

When the Padres fired Josh Byrnes on June 22, part of their rationale was to get a jump on other clubs that might seek to hire new general managers in the offseason. The Pads were onto something. Once the season ends, a number of organizations could experience shakeups in one form or another. The decisions of some clubs will hinge upon their finishes. But for other franchises,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Who'll be sent packing as season hits home stretch?

When the Padres fired Josh Byrnes on June 22, part of their rationale was to get a jump on other clubs that might seek to hire new general managers in the offseason. The Pads were onto something. Once the season ends, a number of organizations could experience shakeups in one form or another. The decisions of some clubs will hinge upon their finishes. But for other franchises, the...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres hire A.J. Preller as GM, instead of more interesting, historic choice

The Padres settled on their new general manager Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller. Preller replaces Josh Byrnes, who was fired by the team in late June. (Technically, Preller takes over for the interim GM trio of Omar Minaya, San Diego’s VP for baseball operations, and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. That threesome engineered...
Via The Outside Corner
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres to hire AJ Preller as new GM

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was...
Via Rumors and Rants
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler considered favorite for GM job with Padres

After a lengthy search, the Padres are reportedly closing in on their choice for Josh Byrnes’ replacement as general manager. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Padres “appear to be focusing most closely” on Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler, who now looks like the “probable frontrunner” for the gig. Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller, Red...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

No GM For You!

It’s late afternoon on Monday, August 4th, and the Padres have not yet selected their new GM, the man or woman they shall choose to lead us away from the Josh Byrnes tire fire and into the next tire fire an era of sustained success. We hear that it should happen this week, and some thought it might happen today, but no such luck, and all we’re left with is stale rumors. I have...
Via Padres Public
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

When the Problem Is Everything

“What’s the fish today?” he asks. Call him Joel. We’re in the dining car, south of San Luis Obispo. The Padres fired their GM, Josh Byrnes, a few weeks ago. The new owners inherited Byrnes from the old owners, who never actually owned the team. Ergo, adios. “Tilapia,” says the attendant. Joel orders the steak, as does his wife. The team hasn’t found a new GM yet. That...
Via Padres Public
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: Chase Headley on the Move?

The San Diego Padres have been out of the playoff hunt for some time. General Manager Josh Byrnes was fired earlier in the year, and more changes are on the way. Huston Street was sent to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a trio of prospects last night. It seems very likely that more trades are on the way. One big name that should get moved is third baseman Chase Headley...
Via Baseball News Source
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the GM Candidates

The Padres have finished the first round of interviews to replace dismissed GM Josh Byrnes. Eight candidates received interviews, while six prospective candidates declined to be interviewed, including 2 of my top 3 choices, Cardinals AGM Mike Girsch and Cubs VP of Sexy Jason McLeod. First to interview were former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest and Dodgers scouting VP Logan White. Next...
Via Padres Public
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards' assistant GM withdraws from race for Padres job

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals assistant general manager Michael Girsch has withdrawn his candidacy for the GM opening with the San Diego Padres. St. Louis made a brief announcement during Tuesday night's game against the Pirates. The 37-year-old Girsch is in his fourth season as assistant GM under John Mozeliak with the Cardinals. He joined the team as coordinator of amateur scouting...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dark Horse General Manager Candidates

The San Diego Padres fired Josh Byrnes last week, ending a 938 day streak without a major league general manager getting the ax, as Ben Lindbergh recently noted at Baseball Prospectus. There are currently 18 teams that have employed the same GM for the past five years and plenty more that are working on three or four years of front office stability. San Diego, obviously, is not one...
Via Padres Public
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mr. McLeod Stays In Chicago

Once upon a time, the San Diego Padres decided to be dysfunctional again and fired their general manager, Josh Byrnes.  The immediate reaction was “Oh ****, now they might try to take Jason McLeod.”  McLeod is the Cubs’ director of scouting and player development, and is at least indirectly responsible for all the Cubs prospects launching baseballs into orbit lately.  So...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cashner/Rizzo Trade: Why The Chicago Cubs Come Out On Top

In the wake of Padres general manager Josh Byrnes being fired last week for the second time in his front office career, I was lead to look back and contemplate what are possibly some of the most questionable trades/transactions he's made in his time working in baseball. There's no doubt that the Rizzo for Cashner trade drew most of my attention.I already know what you'...
Via The Sports Blogette
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes' San Diego Padres: What Went Wrong?

When the Boston Red Sox collapsed during September 2011, dominoes fell across the game. The Chicago Cubs brought in Theo Epstein to take over as President of Baseball Operations. Epstein hired his former assistant GM Jed Hoyer to be his right-hand man once more, as general manager of the Cubs. Hoyer, who had previously held the same position with the San Diego Padres was in turn...
Via The Sports Post
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrnes’ Downfall

On Sunday the Padres fired their general manager Josh Byrnes. Since his firing, a lot of important details have come to light that paint ownership in a much worse picture than Byrnes. He (like Bud) was a problem, but not the biggest problem. Still firing him was absolutely the right move. Two and a half years usually isn’t long enough to evaluate a GM’s performance. But that...
Via Padres Public
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Seven Marketing Slogans

The Padres are a mess. Not all of the problem is perceptual, but part of it is. Padres Trail mentioned “the allure of expectation” in his discussion of GM Josh Byrnes’ recent firing, and it’s a concern. If false hope cost Byrnes his job–and with the current ownership group, who knows what the real motivation was–then maybe a key going forward is to set more realistic...
Via Padres Public
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Moves for the new Padres GM

Courtesy of AP With the recent GM opening in San Diego, I have put in some thoughts as to what needs to happen in the present and the future to make things happen in the friendly confines of Petco Park. Josh Byrnes produced solid pitching in his tenure and the system currently ranks 11th best according to Baseball Prospectus, but I believe the limitations for the team lies within...
Via Reading Between The Seams
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

It was time to move on…

It’s been a terrible year to be a Padre fan. The team is currently 33-44, are 4th in the NL West and have the 5th worst record in all of baseball. After back to back seasons in which the team finished 76-86, things came to a head earlier this week when the team fired General Manager Josh Byrnes after 2+ seasons where he went a combined 184-216 (.460), which is good enough for 5th...
Via Padres Public
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres facing a pivotal point in franchise history

Josh Byrnes is gone, and not to go all drama queen on you, but make no mistake: What you are now looking at is one of the most pivotal points in Padres franchise history. Because what you presently are seeing is this organization's nadir. And, sadly, I'm not talking about the old Nater, Nate Colbert. The combination of the worst hitting team in franchise history with a fallow...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Allure of Expectation

If you listened to the Josh Byrnes and Mike Dee interviews on yesterday’s Darren Smith show (and if you didn’t you probably should), the sticking point boiled down to expectations. So let’s talk about expectations. Josh claimed he never oversold this team’s ability to ownership. To paraphrase, based on the projections he saw (the same ones we have access to, by the way) he...
Via Padres Public
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrnes deserved better

I think firing Josh Byrnes was silly.  You didn’t ask for my opinion, but I’m giving it to you anyway. While he is not an “A+” general manager, he certainly doesn’t deserve a failing grade.  He hasn’t signed 30-somethings to multi-year albatross contracts (I’m looking at you, Angels, Dodgers, Tigers, Yankees).  Josh Johnson was a gamble that didn’t pay off, but...
Via Friarhood
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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