The 2010 season for the Padres was a fun roller-coaster ride and a summer of baseball I will never forget. You could almost sum up the whole season in the last series against the Giants. It started off nicely with the Padres playing well and pitching very well. Playing team ball, making the little things happen and getting a break here and there, but in the end they just didn’t have enough hitting.
I can’t say enough about Jed Hoyer in his first season as the GM. The Padres really stepped up to the plate this year and showed us fans that if we are in a race they will go out and get the player needed to help win a division or a championship. The Padres are still not a team that is going to get the top free agent or expand the low payroll, but they made excellent moves signing Ryan Ludwick and Miguel Tejada. I like both of these players and frankly I was surprised to see them end up in San Diego after the trade deadline. It will be interesting to see if the Padres expand the payroll next season to over 40 million maybe, or stay the same. Or even cut it possibly. A season that started out with the only talk being when will Adrian Gonzalez go and to what team ended with all 162 games coming into play for a chance to win the N.L. West. Although, I do think the Padres still didn’t have enough hitting to really scare any teams, they did get the right players for the right price down the stretch to give the offense some pop with two veteran bats. Tejada really took the offense to a new level being a middle infielder with power. He puts together great at bats and his teammates love him. I’m not sure if I would want him back for the 2011 season though. He is an older player and not great at defense and with Cabrera behind him I think Cabrera needs to get in there and play and learn how to be a pro at his young age. Cabrera could be an all star shortstop for the Padres for many years to come, if he can continue to improve his hitting. I would love to see Ludwick back in the middle of this order. He is the right handed power bat that the line-up has needed behind Gonzalez for years now. If the Padres decide not to keep Gonzalez and possibly go with Blanks and a youth movement, then keeping Ludwick would not make much sense to me.
We have learned this year that we have a bonafide ace in Mat Latos, a top of the line closer in Heath Bell, and down the stretch Tim Stauffer looked like he might be a nice option as the fourth guy in the rotation for next year. The Padres’ pitching looks very solid going into next season. Chris Young was encouraging in his three starts at the end of the season, a guy the Padres could really use next year. With Latos, Garland, Richard, and Stauffer there is no reason the Padres couldn’t have four pitchers with double digit wins again next season. Heath Bell is going to have to get paid, I would pay him but there is also Adams waiting to take his spot if the Padres do not shell out the money.
This season was a blast, of course it was disappointing at the end, but I’m so glad to see what the front office did this year and there is nothing better than meaningful baseball in September!
Side note – I hope the Giants represent the N.L. West well, good luck to Bochy and the Giants in the playoffs, just watch out for those fightin’ Phillies.
About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.