The Padres finally made their big off-season free agent player acquisition. David Eckstein. Ouch.
No disrespect to Eckstein who has had a fine career making so much out of so little in terms of physical attributes. But DOUBLE-OUCH!
The fact is the Blue Jays couldn’t get rid of Eckstein fast enough last year. They finally gave him away to the DBacks where he had a mediocre run. He’s in his late 30s, too, no power, no range, no arm and now switching to a new position, second base.
That’s pathetic. So are all the excuses and I’m grandfathering them back to the early 2000s. For years, Padres officials have been touting their player acquisition skills, the buying low, selling when used up, locking up guys with “San Diego discounts,” all that lying crap.
The fact is the Padres player development apparatus has been broken for the entire John Moores stewardship. It’s been pathetic and even ludicrous when Padres officials claimed the minor league baseball ranking services understimated San Dieo player potential. But not surprising since that’s what incompetent people have to say. How else could they keep their jobs or even self-esteem?
The only reason the decrepit John Moores 2000-2009 era — he did better in the late 1990s with teams he inherited before his lackeys got going — wasn’t blasted in real time was the woefully poor state of the NL West. So, the Padres won a few divisions with .500 records and got bounced out of the playoffs each time winning barely a game.
Moores is from Houston, and not suprisingly took a page out of Enron’s scambook. He levereged into Padres ownership and used the club for personal financial gain with Padres fans at the bottom of his pyramid scheme. Now, his entire net worth is simply the increase in franchise value through no contribution of his own.
And so, David Eckstein, nice guy, ultimate hustling ballplayer — as opposed to hustling faux ownership — has become the face of Padres franchise futility. His acquisition pretty much says it all. The Padres are going to lose somewhere around 100 to 105 games.
Padres fans: Condolences and good luck. Maybe Moores will clear out sooner rather than later so the rebuilding process can ensue (although the Moorad deal appears to leave Moores as principal owner for now).
My fellow former Rancho Santa Fe neighbor has left a bitter, if not revolting, legacy.