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Sullivan: Agent Of Change Not Always Popular

April 3rd, 2009 by

I don’t know what this guy did with Tim Sullivan, but I’m liking it. What a fair review of Sandy Alderson’s tenure.

Before their recent retrenchment, the Padres maintained a $73 million payroll that ranked 19th among the 30 major league clubs in 2008. Without greater payroll flexibility or more impact prospects, the Padres were probably destined for a dramatic fall. As Moores grew more detached from the club’s operations, many fans focused on Alderson as a convenient scapegoat and as the symbol of a failed strategy.

Much of that criticism was misguided. The strategy Alderson has sought to implement with the Padres, one founded on statistical analysis, is much the same approach that has brought two world championships over the past five seasons to Fenway Park. The major difference between the Padres and the Boston Red Sox is fiscal rather than philosophical, and that difference is profound.

In November of 2006, the Red Sox spent more than $51 million for exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, a sum greater than the Padres will spend on their entire 2009 major league payroll.

Although I don’t like the idea of lumping all of the philosphy under “statistical analysis”. That really isn’t what it is, and never has been. The philosophy is finding undervalued assets.

Often, this involves advanced metrics other teams don’t believe in or havn’t caught up with yet (See Heath Bell and his BABIP). But it isn’t always that. More recently, we saw the Padres grab a string of shorter players in the amateur draft, whom teams may have passed on more due to bias than evidence. This is what the philosophy is about.

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Who Is He Again?

April 2nd, 2009 by

Sacrificial LinksI have to admit, even as an avid Padres fan, there’s a lot to keep up with. For instance: I never seem to keep the long guys in the Padres bullpen straight, especially over the last year or so with the merry-go-round of trades and waiver claims the team has been through. The craziness was somehow kicked into overdrive this spring, as DePo notes that only 4 of the 13 pitchers likely to make the roster pitched for the big league club last year.

An idea I had to help myself, and whoever else is smart enough to read this blog, was to put together a little run down of who all these people are and why they’re playing for the Padres. Luckily, Jason Martinez is on the job, so I can stick to what I do best: making fun of the UT.

Martinez, of PadresRevolution fame, is the man behind MLBDepthCharts. Besides just the rosters, he also includes helpful blurbs about where the player came from.

I had a chance to meet and hang out with Jason at the first ever Padres Blogger Summit last year, he’s a cool dude. Hat tip to Tom Tango for the link.

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