Going into this baseball season the San Diego Padres found themselves in a situation they had not been in before, everybody was talking about them.
During the offseason Padres General Manager A.J. Preller made a bunch of splashy moves, including trading for All-Stars Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, and Craig Kimbrel. They also acquired promising third baseman Will Middlebrooks, traded for former Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, and signed ace pitcher James Shields to a mega deal.
Coming into the season fans were excited as ever to watch the new look Padres, which is drastically different from past seasons, when San Diego sports fans could not wait any longer for the Chargers to begin. However, with all these splashy moves the Padres made they ignored one thing: a manager who can fire the players up day in and day out to get through the tough 162-game season.
In my opinion, the Padres won’t be able to turn their franchise around simply by adding big name players. They also need a find a manager who is willing to fire them up and show emotion out on the field.
Bud Black is a good coach, but many people have described him as a “players’ coach”. He doesn’t have the fire needed to push the players and get the most out of them.
The Padres made many moves and improved their roster, making themselves a national story in the process, but being in the bottom half of the division with the type of talent they have is not going to sit well with the fans.
+ Zach Fidel is a contributor for the Mighty 1090.