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Living in Cleveland since 2006, I’ve been casually following the local NBA team, the Cavaliers, since my arrival. First, we had Lebron, and it was pretty cool. Then, all of a sudden, we had no Lebron, which wasn’t fun. Now we have Lebron again! It’s wild. Wilder still, although the Cavs had the 9th worst record in the NBA last year, through the magic of the NBA draft lottery...
Via Padres Public
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Golden Ticket

Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination… A.J. Preller is our golden ticket for Padres success. There are four very qualified final candidates for the Padres General Manager position.  Mike Hazen has his Boston roots, Boston success, ties to Mike Dee, he is Jed Hoyer 2.0.  Billy Eppler knows San Diego, a winning attitude from New York, and is ready for a GM job now...
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1 day ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sweating the Details

The San Diego Padres have been in the spotlight quite a bit of late, as the recent trades of Huston Street and Chase Headley as well as the firing of Josh Byrnes and the (very public) search for his replacement have garnered national attention. Sometimes, even with stories that produce league-wide shockwaves, minor – and not so minor – details are glossed over. We must not gloss...
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5 days ago  |  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
8 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The (sort of) Puzzling Seth Smith Extension

The year is 2026. After a 10 year run of dominance in the National League West by the San Diego Padres, Jonah Keri has completed his fifth bestseller — Friar Fever: How Farhan Zaidi Took the Forgettable San Diego Padres from Cellar-Dwellers to the Top of the Baseball World. Consider this passage, from the first chapter: … Josh Byrnes was ousted after two-and-a-half years of mediocrity...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres sign Seth Smith to two-year extension

Despite his name coming up in trade conversations the last few weeks, San Diego Padres signed a two-year extension with the team on Wednesday. The Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes last week, but that didn’t stop them from signing Smith. Corey Brock of first reported the news. The Seth Smith two-year contract extension […]
Via Full Scale Sports
25 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  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
28 days ago  |  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
28 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Trader Josh

If you’ve been trawling the Internet for the past several days, you’ll find no shortage of blame for why the Padres are in this mess – the worst offense in baseball, 11 games under .500, 12.5 games back in the division, and currently sitting on the 5th overall pick in the 2015 draft. And if Padres fans have learned anything over the past several years, it’s that front office...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Real Problem

The Padres will not break out of their current malaise unless they address the real problem on the field.  I’m not sure of the solution, but the firing of Josh Byrnes this week crystalized the true problem with the organization.  It is a problem that has reared its ugly head time and again over the past 10+ years. The true problem is not drafting, being cheap or (lack of) activity...
Via Friarhood
June 26, 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

Despaigne leads Padres past Giants 6-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne made fired San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes look good in his sterling major league debut. Despaigne became the fourth Padres pitcher to throw seven scoreless innings in his first big league start, leading San Diego to a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. "He pitched great didn't he?"...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Trades Are Coming But No Firesale Is Imminent

Whether you agree with the decision to fire Josh Byrnes or not, something needed to be done to change the culture of losing that is taking hold of this organization. The Byrnes termination is certainly not going to be the only move made by the club in the coming weeks but it was the first and sets the stage for the moves that are bound to come. The team, according to CEO Mike Dee...
Via Friarhood
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 477: When Does a GM Deserve to Be Fired? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about the Nationals, then discuss where the Padres went wrong and whether Josh Byrnes deserved his dismissal.
Via Baseball Prospectus
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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