San Diego Padres Woes Continue As Injuries Pile Up
This last week has been somewhat of a trial as a San Diego Padres fan.
First, Tom Garfinkel resigned from his positions as CEO and President (take it as you will).
Second, it was announced that Clayton Richard would be having season ending shoulder surgery. Add that the rest of the Padres injuries (Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Cameron Maybin, and Yasmani Grandal), and you have a recipe for another sub-par season.
Garfinkel joined the Padres in 2009 as president and COO, and was eventually promoted to CEO in 2012. Unfortunately, he was unable to bring with him a playoff spot (2010 was a good run, but disastrous in the end).
I don’t think that necessarily means the problem was with Garfinkel. The Padres woes will lie on a few shoulders until the team makes the necessary changes. Garfinkel has been quoted as passionate for the game and for the fans. Manager Bud Black was quoted as saying, “Our focus down here is the team, but he was very visible. He was around, he was always asking what he can do for the club, for the players. He made an impact. He was a very creative, very progressive thinker and he’ll be missed obviously, but he’ll land on his feet and do great things.”
I think this speaks for Garfinkel in his choice of stepping down, knowing that he was ultimately responsible for the team’s success.
Clayton Richard wasn’t having the greatest of seasons so far this year. With a 2-5 record and a 7.01 ERA, Richard wasn’t the pitching leader the Padres need. He’ll be replaced by Sean O’Sullivan (he has 34 career starts with the Angels and Royals, but has not been in the majors since 2011). He has recently pitched in Triple-A Tucson, with a 3.88 ERA and 7 wins.
As the season nears its mid-way point, Padres fans are settling in for more of the same old routine.