2012 San Diego Padres Season
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The offseason starting off with a surprising turn of events. Padres General Manager Jed Hoyer, after just 2 years on the job in San Diego, jumped ship and went to go work for his old boss Theo Epstein who had just taken control of the Cubs. The team replaced him with in-house candidate and ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes. Where Jed was cautious and patient Trader Josh was aggressive. Here are the moves he made:
- Released INF Alberto Gonzalez.
- Signed Mark Kotsay to a one year deal. The signing was rated 33% fresh.
- Traded P Wade LeBlanc to the Marlins for C John Baker. The trade was rated 82% fresh.
- Signed former Aztec P Alex Hinshaw to a minor league deal.
- Acquired P Huston Street from the Rockies in exchange for minor league P and former 1st round pick Nick Schmidt. The trade was rated 66% fresh.
- Traded OF Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for P Cory Burns.
- Traded P Mat Latos for P Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal and P Brad Boxberger. The trade was rated 81% fresh.
- Traded C Luis Martinez to the Rangers for P Ryan Kelly.
- Acquired OF Carlos Quentin from the White Sox in exchange for P Simon Castro and P Pedro Hernandez. The trade was rated 75% fresh.
- Signed OF Jeremy Hermida to a minor league deal after releasing him earlier in the offseason to make roster space for Huston Street.
- Traded 1B Anthony Rizzo and P Zach Cates to the Cubs for P Andrew Cashner and OF Kyung-Min Na. The trade was rated 43% fresh.
- Signed Micah Owings to a one year deal. This signing was unanimously rated as "Fresh" (yes, that means 100% positive reaction).
The Padres began Spring Training with their annual charity game against the Hated Mariners. The team lost in the bottom of the 9th after scoring 4 runs in the top of the inning to tie the game. The club started slow, but eventually started winning some games. Early on Jason Bartlett and Chris Denorfia had to sit out due to injury and eventually a few more players caught the injury bug. Orlando Hudson suffered a groin injury, attempted to return and then aggregated it. Highly touted prospect Robbie Erlin suffered an oblique injury after only getting a couple chances to impress. Nick Hundley got a contract extension, but also picked up a knock and missed time. The biggest injury news was Carlos Quentin's knee injury that required surgery and the recovery time stretched into the regular season. Logan Forsythe got even worse news when a broken foot sidelined him for at least 8 weeks.
With Carlos Quentin and Logan Forsythe out, some battles opened up for roster and starting spots. Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, James Darnell and Chris Denorfia each looked to be the opening day left fielder in place of Quentin. Blanks and Darnell were also fighting for a 25 man roster spot, although Blanks was struggling to stay healthy and earn it. Jeremy Hermida and Jaff Decker were the dark horses as well since neither were on the 40 man roster, but played quite well. Everth Cabrera and Andy Parrino battled it out for a utility infield spot.
On March 17th, Fox Sports San Diego showed its first Padres telecast even though MLB had yet to approve a deal between them and the team. The game aired on a temporary channel with the full channel launch not occurring until March 19th. Because it was a new station, agreements with all the local television providers needed to be worked out in order for the channel to air on each one. Cox and DirectTV were early adopters and Cox was the only one to air the channel full time initially. AT&T and Time Warner Cable lagged on their adoption of the new network leaving many Padres fans and Gaslamp Ballers frustrated. Nevertheless, the reviews on the actual broadcast and pregame show were good.
The regular season started out tough. The Padres lost on Opening Day to the Dodgers 5-3. The game was started by Edinson Volquez mainly because Tim Stauffer, the projected opening day starter, was forced to start the year on the DL with a strained right elbow. Also, the ownership situation was decidedly in flux after what had seem like a somewhat clear transition path from John Moores to Jeff Moorad, but shortly after Opening Day it was revealed that the agreement they had was null and void. Moorad had already stepped down as CEO back in March after already rescinding his application to get approved by MLB as the primary owner of team. The Padres were up for sale again, but there was still baseball to be played.
The Padres would lose that opening series with the Dodgers dropping game 2 in a 6-0 shut out and game 3 in a 6-5 extra innings defeat. They picked up their first that Sunday with an 8 run effort from the offense that was highlighted by a Chase Headley grand slam. After the series was concluded the Padres put another injury victim on the DL. Dustin Moseley joined the wounded with a shoulder problem. The team would call up young prospect Joe Wieland to replace him. After a couple so-so starts, he too would head to the DL. This was a growing theme for the season.
The team would play the second series tough, but after losing an extra innings game and topping the Diamondbacks 2-1 in the second, they'd lose the rubber game 3-1. The next series featured Joe Wieland making his debut vs. the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine and a crazy controversial umpire-assisted triple play by the Dodgers in the final game. The result was the Padres getting swept for the first time of the young season. Dale Scott, umpire, inspired a lot of reaction from the Friar Faithful including a Gaslamp Ball campaign to make sure the local fanbase's scathing criticism's were featured at the top of any Google search for the umpire's name. MLB review the play and ruled that Dale Scott called the play correct in the end, but used improper, deceptive mechanics. Die hard Padres fans were inconsolable after this injustice, but the game and the call will stand for eternity. A testimony to the power umpires have to not only screw up and affect the game, but to also not have to be apologetic about their mistakes in the slightest.
The rest of the month was fairly uneventful. The Padres did split a series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park where the Phillies had dominated the home club in recent years. The draw included the a victory over the illustrious Roy Halladay which was led by a great performance from Cory Luebke. Unfortunately that great effort by the young Padres hurler also set back his career. He'd recently been given a clean bill of health upon receiving a contract extension from the Padres, but after that start his elbow experienced soreness. He eventually had to get Tommy John surgery. Another Friars injury victim. The month of April could not have gone much worse.
Final April Standings
On May 17, Trader Josh finally did the dirty work needed to remove some deadweight and start more of a youth movement for the struggling Padres. He released malcontent Orlando Hudson and put Josh Bartlett on the disabled. Watching the two of them struggle was at times too much to bare. Everth Cabrera and recently acquired Alexi Amarista were called up to fill their middle infield spots. Amarista immediately made an impact. He got a hit in his Padres debut. Two days later, he went 2 for 2 with a walk, 2 runs and a game winning RBI double against the Angels. Cabrera started out in a slump, but picked it up a little later. The highlight of him snapping out of the slump was a 4 for 5 game against the Mets on May 24. That came only one day after ending an 0 for 17 start to the season with a 2 hit performance against the Cardinals.
Carlos Quentin finally returned from injury on Memorial Day, May 28, to face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field for the final series of the month. His first AB resulted in an RBI double. In the second game he hit a solo home run, singled and doubled. In the 3rd he hit two 2 run homers and threw in another double for good measure. The Padres offense had certainly missed him, but the end result of the series was still a sweep at the hands of one of the worst teams in the league. The series was a pretty epic one (by Padres standards) for offense. The Memorial Day game was an 11-7 loss where the Padres hit 4 HRs including 2 by Chase Headley. The Padres combined for 16 runs in the 3 games and 8 home runs.
Final May Standings
On June 9, set up man Andrew Cashner was transition from reliever to starter. The move intrigued many since Cashner, despite his 100+ MPH fastball, was having mixed results in the 'pen, was thought to be a bigger injury risk in the starting rotation and previous talk had been that the Padres would only consider this option after the season was over. He only went 2 1/3 innings, but struck out 5 while allowing a single run against the Brewers in Milwaukee. After the game he was sent to the AA club in San Antonio, or Degobah, to gain stamina for the longer outings required from a starting pitcher.
From June 12 through June 14 the Padres engaged in and completed their first ever sweep of the Hated Seattle Mariners. Being as it was the first of two 3 game series' between the natural rivals, it gave the Padres a distinctive advantage in the season series.
The Jedi training of Andrew Cashner was completed in time for him to make a start against the Astros in Houston not too far from his home town of Conroe. The Padres appeared to have something special as he struck out 9 Astros over 6 1/3 innings. He did give up 2 runs and left the game with team losing 2-1, but Alexi Amarista would get him off the hook with a 9th inning grand slam.
On June 30, the Padres made the bold move of demoting Nick Hundley, who had been catching for the big league club since 2009, to AAA and recalled C Yasmani Grandal. Grandal was acquired in the offseason Mat Latos trade and was considered the top prospect in that deal. He was called up earlier in the year where he made a token appearance before getting sent back down. This time he was expected to get some regular starting time. As if to prove that he deserved it, in his first start after being recalled he hit 2 dingers. It was at Coors Field against a struggling Rockies club, but nevertheless it was a promising start for the rookie. Alexi Amarista added to the excitement by slugging 2 bombs of his own in that very same game.
Final June Standings
After winning the final game of June, the team rattled off 5 more victories to start the month and give the club a 6 game winning streak. The final win of the streak was against the Reds in a game played at Petco Park with former Padre Mat Latos starting for Cincinnati. The Padres won that one with a walk off, bases loaded hit by [Everth Cabrera]]. Not all the news was good from that win streak however. Andrew Cashner started the game that resulted in the 4th game of the win streak, but had to be pulled after only 2 innings. He was sent to the DL with a lat strain joining the long list of casualties from the starting rotation.
The Padres would begin post All Star Break play against the same team they began the season against. This time they would face the Dodgers in Los Angeles, but they would still have to face 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in the opening game. Despite early success against the lefty, the team lost 2-1. But, the big story came in the second game.
The Padres battled in that second game. They took an early 1-0, fell behind, kept it close with a Carlos Quentin home run, then later tied it up with a Chase Headley solo shot, then fell behind again via an Andre Ethier two run blast and then pick up another run to make it a 1 run game going into the top of the 9th. The Dodgers young closer Kenley Jansen was in to slam the door shut on the Padres, but Yonder Alonso was not deterred and started the inning off with a single. Bud Black wisely selected Everth Cabrera to pinch run for sluggish first baseman. Will Venable followed up the no out knock with one of his own and Cabrera aggressively went 1st to 3rd. Cameron Maybin worked an 11 pitch at bat against Jansen which potentially tired the pitcher physically and/or emotionally. Mark Kotsay pinch hit for the pitcher next, but meekly popped out to 2nd base. However, during the at bat Venable stole 2nd base. So with runners at 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, Alexi Amarista was the team's final hope. Or was he? During Amarista's AB, Cabrera noticed that Jansen would turn his back to him with the ball still in play. On one of these occasions, he sprinted for home. The throw came, the catcher made a tag and the umpire signaled out. But, the ball had sailed to the backstop. The umpire was wrong and upon noticing, change his call. In the meantime Venable motored for home while no one covered home plate. The Padres took the lead and All Star closer Huston Street closed it out. The club had literally stolen one from their rivals.
As will happen late in July, rumors were flying heading into the trade deadline. Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley, Huston Street, Chris Denorfia and Clayton Richard all had their names mentioned in rumors. However, the Padres starting quashing those rumors when on July 22 they inked Carlos Quentin to a 3 year, $27 million extension. The extension was rated 67% fresh. They continued to put the rumors to rest on July 29 when they announced they had agreed to a 2 year extension with Huston Street.
Final July Standings
Final August Standings
Final September Standings
Final October Standings
- ↑ Mark Kotsay signs one year deal that brings him back to San Diego Padres
- ↑ The Padres Mark Kotsay signing is 33% Fresh
- ↑ Wade LeBlanc for John Baker trade is 82% Fresh
- ↑ Padres trade for Huston Street is 66% Fresh
- ↑ Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer Cory Burns
- ↑ Mat Latos trade is 81% Fresh
- ↑ Padres trade Catcher Luis Martinez for RHP Ryan Kelly
- ↑ Carlos Quentin Trade is 75% Fresh
- ↑ Anthony Rizzo trade for Andrew Cashner is 43% Fresh
- ↑ Padres sign Micah Owings to one year Major League deal for $1M
- ↑ Nick Hundley gets a Contract Extension into 2014
- ↑ Fox Sports SD will show Padres vs Royals on a temporary channel for Cox and Direct TV subscribers
- ↑ Review: Fox Sports San Diego Inaugural Broadcast
- ↑ Padres lose on opening day to the Dodgers, 5-3
- ↑ Jeff Moorad officially out as Padres owner. MLB approves 20 year $1.2 billion TV deal.
- ↑ Jeff Moorad steps down, Tom Garfinkel to become interim Padres CEO
- ↑ Moorad withdraws application for control of the Padres in order for TV Deal to be approved by MLB
- ↑ Padres lose to Dodgers, 6-0
- ↑ Padres lose to the Dodgers in extras, 6-5
- ↑ Padres beat the Dodgers, 8-4. Win number one is in the books
- ↑ Dustin Moseley placed on 15 day DL. Josh Spence called up.
- ↑ Sources: Joe Wieland to make MLB debut Saturday
- ↑ Padres lose to Diamondbacks in extra innings, 4-2
- ↑ Padres beat D-Backs on a Denorfia home run, 2-1
- ↑ Padres drop rubber game to D-Backs
- ↑ Umpire Dale Scott assisted triple play helps Dodgers beat the Padres, 5-4
- ↑ MLB reviews "triple play", Umpire Dale Scott used improper mechanics
- ↑ Why on Luebke
- ↑ Cashner To Start On Saturday; Stults To The DL
- ↑ Andrew Cashner sent to Dagobah to learn the ways of the Jedi
- ↑ Padres Make Felix Look Foolish, Beat Mariners 5-4
- ↑ Padres Pitching Procures a Win
- ↑ Padres claim first sweep of the season against Mariners
- ↑ Amarista grand slam is deciding factor in epic Padres win
- ↑ Padres win 6th in a row on walk-off!
- ↑ Padres on first 4 game win streak of season, Cashner injured
- ↑ Huston Street the lone Padres All-Star
- ↑ National League Beats Arena League At Its Own Game, Wins Third Straight All Star Game
- ↑ Padres lose to Los Angeles 1-2
- ↑ Everth Cabrera steals home, Will Venable follows, Padres win
- ↑ Great Padres Fan that we all are happiest for after last night's win
- ↑ Chase Headley's days with the Padres are likely numbered
- ↑ Padres Trade Rumors: Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin
- ↑ Clayton Richard Involved in Trade Talks
- ↑ Padres Trade Rumors: Street, Quentin, Denorfia, Headley
- ↑ Trade Rumor: Chase Headley to the New York Yankees
- ↑ Padres sign Carlos Quentin to 3 year, $27 million extension, but that's not the only thing we're glad about
- ↑ Carlos Quentin extension is Fresh
- ↑ Huston Street gets 2 year, $14 million extension