After getting swept by the Dodgers and shutout in all three games the San Diego Padres are the first team in the 100+ year history of Major League Baseball to be shut out in 3 straight games to open a season. The previous record was 26 consecutive scoreless innings by the St. Louis Cardinals to open the 1943 campaign (those Cardinals incidently went on to win 105 games, but thats irrelevant in our case). This comes fresh on the heals of their 15-0 Opening Day fiasco, which is now the most lopsided shutout in MLB Opening Day history. The previous record holder you ask? The Pittsburgh Pirates trounced the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 pm Opening Day…in 1911. 105 fucking years ago. This is just poor baseball.
This weekend the Padres head to Denver for the Rockies home opener. If they can not sonehow, someway scratch a few runs across in Coors Field this weekend I nominate the Padres for relegation. Send the entire organization to El Paso and call up the Chihuahuas to San Diego. Make the Padres earn their way back to Major Leagues because they definitely dont deserve to be there. I’ve joked for years that the Padres are a Quadruple A baseball team but this is worse than Quadruple A. Im not even sure this is Triple A level baseball.
I didnt expect the Padres to be any good in 2016, but this? This is flat out unacceptable. Silver lining is that there should be plenty of good seats available this year.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Jerry Coleman, a two-time war hero who became one of the most endearing figures in Padres history, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 89. Coleman died at Scripps Hospital from complications of head injuries he’d suffered in a fall last month. In 33 years as broadcaster of Padres games, Coleman became the link between the major league team and San Diego, and to many he became its very identity. Coleman’s humility and self-effacing ways belied the fact that he was a Marine Corps aviator — in both World War II and the Korean War — and an All-Star second baseman who once was Most Valuable Player of a World Series. That he won over so many people in the relatively unseen realm of a radio booth hid the fact he was an unfailingly dapper gentleman. “Memorial Day was tough on him,” said former Padres play-by-play man Mel Proctor. “On Memorial Day, he’d get a tear in his eye. Jerry volunteered great baseball stories, but very few war stories. It was too hard for him.” Conversely, Coleman’s military experience and appreciation for those in the service made him special in the eyes and ears of San Diego baseball fans, so many of them either active duty or retired. “To him, the Marine Corps was No. 1 after family,” Leitner said. “This is a guy who wore the pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, who roomed with Mickey Mantle, who had his picture taken with Joe DiMaggio, who played in World Series and was MVP of one of them. Yet he’d tell you that his time with the Marines was more important to him. Nobody shot at him at Yankee Stadium.”
Above is just a quick excerpt from a much longer article from the San Diego U-T. I don’t do this often but this is just me paying my respects to a great man and there is no way myself or anyone else is going to be able to do this man’s life justice but Chris Jenkins’ article does as good a job as anyone could ask for. I suggest giving it a read.
Decorated WWII and Korean War Bomber pilot and longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 89. This is a big, big loss for San Diego and for America really. I didn’t want to be the harbinger of bad news to rain on everyone’s parade after what has been a banner day for sports here in America’s Finest City but I would be remissed not to make any mention of the passing of a San Diego Icon and a true American Hero. He only spent one season in a Padre uniform (McDonald’s Founder and then Padres Owner (as well as noted crazy person) Ray Kroc hired Coleman to manage the club for the 1980 season despite Coleman’s complete lack of coaching experience) but his is one of the five numbers the franchise has retired in Center Field. Coleman’s radio presence had diminished quite a bit in the last few years but his presence with the Padres organization and indeed with the city of San Diego as whole will never be diminished.
Semper Fidelis and God Speed Marine, You Are Relieved of the Watch
Below is a great interview with Jerry Coleman from 2012. Just a fantastic conversation that truly shows the personality and kindness that the world has lost
CBS Sports – The Padres and right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit have agreed to a two-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is worth $15.5 million and is pending a physical.
I just dont understand this move. $15.5mil over 2yrs for a 36 year old 8th inning guy? I would imagine Houston Street is still pitching the 9th but thats the same kind of money that Baltimore just gave Grant Balfour. This move makes me believe the Padres are trying to set themselves up to trade Houston Street at some point this season. Given Street’s steady track record and relative lack of injuries it would make sense for the Pads to hold onto Street until the July 31st Non-Waiver Trade Deadline when there are always a few contenders willing to overpay for a quality bullpen arm, let alone a quality closer heading into a close pennant race. Benoit was eminently hittable last year with Detroit in their clusterfuck of a Closer situation and the last memory anyone has of him is when Big Papi was rattling the city of Boston to life with an 8th inning Grand Slam in the ALCS off one of his fastballs. While I agree spending money is a positive thing it is way more crucial to spend that money correctly (see: Cubs, Chicago; Mets, New York; Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles; Phillies, Philadelphia) but it is nice to see the Padres are at least trying to put a competitive team in that beautiful little downtown ballpark.