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1984 Reunion / Mouthing off to Cubs fans

May 31st, 2009 by

1984 Padres ReunionWe sat in the upper reserved section for the 1984 reunion game. We were promptly met at our seats by one of those guys you see at theme parks entrances forcing you to pose for a picture. They’re paid by number of photos they take, so of course they made us pose. Pretty sure they’re going to be trolling all season long. I’m the kind of guy who will just find the photo on the website and post it on Facebook for free. Actually friend of The Sac Bunt Archi Cianfrocco is the kind of guy who does that.

MC Ted Leitner asked how many were in attendance for the Cubs series in 1984, my parents (Pops donned his Cubs Busters shirt for the game) cheered loudly. Afterwards my dad reminded me I too should have been cheering, since I was there as well. Though at the time I was more concerned with spitting up on myself than watching baseball.

1984 Padres ReunionLots of emotional video montages played before the event, and throughout the night in between innings. Apparently Cubs fans were upset the Padres chose to celebrate the 1984 season, which culminated in a playoff series comeback win against against them. Seems kind of strange to me since the game technically was a Padres home game, why should the consider what Cubs fans might think?

After the 84 team was introduced, a blast of yellow, brown, and orange streamers shot from just behind us along the roof of the stadium. A few streamers got stuck on the support wire for the net behind home plate. That photo shows both the stuck streamers, and just how many Cubs fans invaded that series.

Steve Garvey, Kurt Bevacqua, Dave Dravecky, Greg Harris, Terry Kennedy, Craig Lefferts, Tim Lollar, Kevin McReynolds, Mark Thurmond, Harry Dunlop (the bullpen coach), Norm Sherry (pitching coach) and Ozzie Virgil (third-base coach) were in attendance.
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Peavy still Chicago-bound?

May 21st, 2009 by

Technically.

According to Padres personnel, Peavy met with Padres manager Bud Black late Wednesday night to discuss a trade overture from the Sox.

Peavy, whose consent would be needed for a trade to any club, declined all comment after meeting with Black.

Within the clubhouse, though, Peavy referred to the situation as “something to think about” yet also restated his desire to stay in the National League. One of Peavy’s teammates said he believes Peavy respects the Sox’s aggressiveness in pushing for him but may have reservations about pitching for Ozzie Guillen, the White Sox’s volatile manager.

Peavy trade to White Sox may be near

There’s not a whole lot to say right now, so feel free to read everything we said over the winter.

We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, we recommend you Google Aaron Poreda. Or just click here. We really do spoil you.

RAY UPDATE: Nevermind. I feel naive.

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Ups and downs

May 20th, 2009 by

The Padres are on a roll again after biting the big one, after starting being on a roll. Now I don’t know how to feel.

When the team went on their 9-3 charge, Ray asked for my opinion on the situation. I thought about it, and how I expected around 75 wins at the beginning of the year. Then I pulled up the Padres 2008 baseball-reference page.

At one point last season, starting with the last game of a series against Chicago, moving through a sweep of New York, and finishing with games against LA and at Cleveland, our team from our town took 8 wins to only 2 defeats.

Of course we all know I’m cherry picking dates, but the point is that even a bad team can have stretches that make you think twice about what you thought you knew. And just because that stretch happens at one particular point in the year, say the beginning of the season; does not make that run any more meaningful in terms of projections.

The “it’s a long season” cliche gets beat up a lot, mostly because it’s seen as an excuse losers make to justify their perceived wussyness to do anything gratifying and irrational. Yes, poor performances need to be held accountable. But baseball is a game with more random noise than people like to believe, so make to pull back when you find yourself caught up in ups and downs.

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Neyer on Greene

May 20th, 2009 by

Greene was a good player for four seasons, a league-average hitter and a decent enough shortstop. And then, suddenly and shockingly, he was not. Suddenly, he went from being worth $10 million per season to being worth nothing as a ballplayer.

I know that’s harsh, but it’s the truth. Still, one might have assumed that Greene’s 2008 season was a fluke, the product of some terrible convergence of randomness or (more likely) an injury that wasn’t enough to impress his manager but was enough to limit his abilities on the field.

We’ve already bragged enough about calling for Khalil’s trade when his value peaked, even though he was pretty much always over valued offensively and defensively. So, I’ll just brag about it one more time and leave it at that.

Rob Neyer

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Countdown to 3: Donavan Tate

May 4th, 2009 by

With the Padres possessing the third overall pick in this year’s MLB First-Year draft, we at the Sacrifice Bunt will be going through some of the different players that might be available once San Diego goes on the clock.

This counts Stephen Strasburg out. Sorry.

Leading up to draft day, we’ll help you get better acquainted with the various prospects, starting right now with Donavan Tate.

Biography

The 6’3″, 200 lb. Tate, who’s not to be confused with the actor Tate Donovan, is the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Lars Tate. A two-sport star, Tate has actually committed to playing football at the University of North Carolina, after being courted by such programs as USC, Michigan, and Alabama. If he enrolls, Tate will have his eye on joining the school’s baseball team as well.

Currently a quarterback, it’s unclear where Tate will play on the baseball field if he suits up for UNC.

Scouting Data

Tate is a five-tool outfielder, and might be the toolsiest player in this year’s draft. During his football tryouts, Tate was clocked running a 4.4 40 and benched 300 lbs. On the diamond, his arm’s been clocked at 95 mph. And for good measure, he could probably sell a mean pair of jeans.

He’s received comparisons to the other Chris Young, hopefully meaning that he’s a center fielder with range and power, and not that he’s a hack machine.

He’s still in high school though, which means that many of his tools are very raw; it’s still unclear how he’s going to hit in the bigs. And with UNC waiting for him, his agent will no doubt use that in negotiations, making him a harder sign.

P.S. His agent is Scott Boras.

Performance Data

As Tate is still in high school, I have no idea where to start looking for his stats. If you do, please drop a link in the comment section. Thanks.

Where does Tate fit in the organization?

Tate is a legit centerfield prospect, which is something the team doesn’t really have. The current centerfielder of the future is Cedric Hunter, and many question whether or not he’ll be able to stick out there. Other centerfielders in the system include Jaff Decker, who’s currently playing left field for Ft. Wayne, and Will Venable, who lacks great speed.

There are questions surrounding Tate, but they don’t have to do with his defense.

He would also be a break from the drafting habits of the past couple of years. The Padres haven’t taken many high school players at the top of the draft, with Decker being one exception. To give you an idea of what this can mean, here’s an excerpt from an interview Mad Friars had with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus:

Mad Friars: For an organization that has drafted heavily in college players, how do you explain that seven out of your Top 11 are either high school players, draft-and-follows, or Latin American signings?

Kevin Goldstein: It’s my theory that no one should draft all college players and fewer teams still do. In general, unless you are talking about elite college players, many have a lot of polish but they also have a tools weakness, which limits their ceiling. I use the Blue Jays as an example, a team that used to just draft college guys, where you end up with a lot of players like Aaron Hill and Russ Adams. They are fundamentally sound but are they going to make a huge difference? No. The Padres do go college heavy but this year you are beginning to see a new era with them. In Latin America, they spent some money on players that are young and with high ceilings. College players like savings bonds, pretty secure investment, but you are not going to be able to go out and buy the Mercedes with that investment either. Latin American and high school players are like Tech stocks. Often you lose, but when you hit, it’s really sweet.

The Padres find themselves in a fantastic position this year, where they can grab (almost) anyone they want, and they hopefully won’t find themselves in that spot again for a while. There are plenty of safer picks to take in this year’s draft, which we will cover in the coming weeks, but Tate might be this team’s opportunity to take a chance.

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We have Brad Pitt, you have Murray Chass

May 1st, 2009 by

Updates on casting and locations for the upcoming Moneyball movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh:

“Anybody who is not actively playing who was on the 2002 team has been approached,” he said. “We’ve got about 60 percent of them. We have [manager] Art Howe, we’ve got Rick Peterson, the pitching coach. We’ve got three-quarters of the scouts who were there. … The guys on the team we can’t get — we’re casting real people who can play and perform. We’ll have the real footage and then we’ll go to the close-up with our guy in it, and it should be seamless,” the director explained.

They’re also re-creating the Oakland Coliseum interior on a soundstage. Shooting begins in six weeks.

H/t Rob Neyer.

Also, there’s a new poll to go along with the Moorad discussion from Wednesday.

The great showdown: who is your preferred Padres President / CEO?

  • Jeff Moorad (63%, 10 Votes)
  • Sandy Alderson (37%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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