There are exactly 30 teams in Major League Baseball, and somehow the San Diego Padres manage to find themselves ranked thirtieth in runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Scraping the bottom of the barrel, the team finds themselves teetering on a historically bad offensive season. The first half of the 2014 season has seen the Padres pitching shine, only to show very little for their stellar performances. The bats have never come to life, players fail to find their way on base, and recently, they have decided that a shift in the executive offices may be a step in the right direction.
The team batting average continues to hover around the .214 mark, which is just a few points shy of being the worst since the dead ball era nearly 100 years ago. Constant shifts to the batting order, too many strikeouts, and a zero sense of cohesiveness have the Padres in a bad spot, with very little bright light to shine. Minor league prospects have promise, but betting on possibilities as opposed to betting on what already fills the diamond creates a false sense of optimism which can only be brought on by pure, home fan fantasies. It has been difficult to watch and follow the San Diego Padres this season, as their lack of offense is beyond cringe-worthy. Hopefully, a new General Manager can rise up and make some desperate changes to a franchise who is slowing becoming notorious for their inability to yield and hold onto star players, or hard-nosed ballplayers that make winning possible.
San Diego Padres fans deserve much better than what they have received this season. As the team loses, team management decides that a poor product on the field should lead to smaller beer pours. That is correct; instead of receiving 24 ounces of suds for a cool, $11.50, they thank the fans by now pouring just 20 ounces. What a kick in the teeth when fans are down. It is disgraceful, sad, and frankly, the management of the Padres should be ashamed. Perhaps, they should give beer away for free with high hopes that fans who make their way to Petco Park will be so sloshed and discombobulated that they will not remember how bad the baseball on the field has become.
Recent rumors are speculating a trade of Ian Kennedy and Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels, which would more than guarantee a dismal second half to the season. While the two pitchers act as some great bargaining chips, there better be some big bats and real baseball players who can immediately step into the lineup, if the trade does in fact take place. Otherwise, the Friars will be stuck with a diminished pitching staff, and no cure to their offensive woes. A new GM will have their hands full, and unless they receive some real backing and some real money to deal with, the Padres cannot expect any type of true turnaround. San Diego Padres fans deserve better than what they have received. Petco Park is a great place to see a ballgame and nobody can beat the nearly perfect weather. However, raising beer prices while failing to raise the level of baseball on the field will do nothing more than leave a very sour taste in the mouths of the Friars faithful.
Commentary by Johnny Caito