12 Step Padres Recovery Program

July 14, 2008 at 8:25 am (Uncategorized)

As difficult as it is for me to say this I believe the bell has tolled on the Padres season. Even though the deficit they face is hardly insurmountable it appears obvious that the team has called it quits and is now looking ahead to next season.

So I will follow suit and give my recommendations for what the Padres should do with the team a well as with the coaching staff…

12 step recover a winning team program

  1. Admit we are Powerless. With the exception of Adrian Gonzalez.
  2. Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. There are available options that can dramatically improve this lineup.
  3. Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. In this case he would be called “fundamentals”.
  4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Failure to advance runners. Failure to work the count. Failure to hit the cut off man. Failure to bunt. etc.
  5. Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. A) The reluctance to give up on players drafted within the organization (P-Anul, Greene) or aquired via trade (Jim Edmonds, Joe Thatcher) and especially within the Rule V draft (Callix Crabbe, Carlos Guavera B) The failure to spend extra money or sacrifice in either the trade or free agent markets to acquire better players, especially when the means are available. C) Trying to save money by hiring unproven leadership in the coaching staff. D) Failure to make the necessary adjustments to the ballparks obvious dimension problems. E) increasing ticket and concession prices while failing to increase roster payroll.
  6. Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. I offer my services in this area to the Padres management free of charge. Not that I think I’m God but unlike Sandy Alderson I know that I’m NOT God.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Bye, bye Khalil, P-Anul, Joe Thatcher, Bud Black, Sandy Alderson and the Rule V (literally I am throwing out the rule).
  8. Make a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. First on the list would be the fans who actually pay to go to ball games. That means… Season ticket holder reimbursements! We should also include Greg Maddux who, through no fault of his own, is being brutalized by the Padres offense this year. They appear to throw games when he is on the mound.
  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Meaning the public execution of P-Anul is out of the question.
  10. Continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admit it. So all ticket prices are slashed by percentage of the number of games under .500 the team is. I.e. if the team finishes 20 games under .500 all prices are 20% less the following season.
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out. Some of the things he will suggest is trading away the following players… Maddux, Giles, Wolf, Greene, Barrett, Iguchi, Bard, Meredith and Clark. As well as firing the coaching staff. Yes all of them. You shouldn’t be allowed to have a season this bad and keep your job.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the results of these steps, we try to carry this message to fans, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

OK so those are the 12 steps now let me tell you a little bit about how this team should look by next season.

Starting Pitchers- Peavy, Young, Garland, Banks, Baek

Catcher- Nick Hundley

First Base- Adrian Gonzalez

Second Base- Edgar Gonzalez

Third Base- Kevin Kouzmanoff

Short Stop- Erik Aybar

Left Field- Chase Headley

Center- Reggie Willits

Right Field- Xavier Nady

Manager- Bobby Valentine

How do the Padres get here?

For starters you move Greg Maddux and Khalil Green up the 5 to Anaheim for Reggie Willits and Erik Aybar.

Next you work a trade with Pittsburgh involving Brian Myrow, Chip Ambres and a young reliever (either Thatcher or Meredith) for X-Nady.

Garland will be available in the free agent market (and they may want to bring Wolf back after they trade him away).

Obviously you need to send Black packing as well as everyone else on the coaching staff (except for Balsley). If they fire Balsley then they should bring back Dave Stewart as pitching coach. Bobby Valentine is currently managing in Japan and doing quite well.

Other moves that should be made would be to bring in a veteran free agent catcher who plays good defense (like a David Ross) and some veteran bench guys who can play multiple infield positions (Mark Ellis).

The bullpen is a tough thing to figure out but Bell and Corey seem solid. Hoffman may have 1 more year in him. Bring back Aki (especially if Bobby V comes in from Japan)!

Hairston is a solid 4th outfielder and should stay with the team.

So there you go, your lineup then looks like this…

Willits, Gonzalez, Nady, Gonzalez, Headley, Kouzmanoff, Hundley, Aybar pitcher.

It’s a young team that can play solid defense, can run a bit more and has balanced power. The biggest key though is the motivational and exciting Bobby V giving us sound bites to enjoy, win, lose or 22-inning marathon.



  1. Out of thin air said,

    Amen!!!! Preach it Brother!!!!

  2. danielbalc said,

    I should make it clear that the 2009 Padres team I present is not the BEST possible team they could put together but it is a realistic team that I can imagine the padres actually fielding and one that could compete for a division title immediately.

    I wouldn’t mind if they added Milton Bradley back into that mix as well perhaps instead of X-Nady.

    And I would not be happy with a rotation that had Banks and Baek as 4 and 5 guys. I think they’ll need at least 2 front line starters, Garland is one Ben Sheets would be awesome too. Seriously putting down 60 to 70 million for 5 year contracts for those 2 guys would solidify this Padres team for years to come.

  3. danielbalc said,

    Today’s sports quote comes from Bart Starr,

    “Anyone can support a team that’s winning- it doesn’t take courage. But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.”

  4. danielbalc said,

    Trading Wolf to a non-contending Houston for a bad AAA pitcher doesn’t really seem like a step towards recovery.

    What the heck are the Padres and Astros thinking?

    Astros: You’re as out of it as the Padres, why spend more money?
    Padres: This is the absolute best you can get for Randy Wolf? a plus 4 triple A ERA?

  5. Athena said,

    I totally agree with you babe!

  6. Aunt Beth said,

    Daniel, We went to the Giants/Padres game last night to see U.P.’s favorite player – Lincecum – pitch. It was a good game. The Giants and Padres seemed evenly matched. I didn’t really analyze it and don’t have any ideas about trades, prospects, etc… I did notice that both teams lack big batting averages in their lineups and there were several names I didn’t recognize at all. We took Bart from Richmond and walked the 1 mile from the Bart station to the stadium. San Francisco was beautiful, it was a pleasant cool evening, and we had a wonderful outing. My daughters both had a wonderful time, U.P. was able to talk baseball with the college guys sitting behind him, but the girls and I just enjoyed the game with zero analysis involved.

  7. danielbalc said,

    They are evenly matched teams indeed. The difference is that the Giants have a professional manager who’s made a career out of getting the most of of the least.

    Lincecum is a good pitcher with a bright future (much brighter than Beak’s) and the Giaints are fortunate to have him.

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