On Wednesday, the day before Trevor Hoffman signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Padres’ front office spoke.
“We just don’t have the money.”
Those wise words came from the mouth of Padres’ General Manager Kevin Towers.
“We just don’t have the money.”
That is pretty true. We have a $40 million payroll, one that will probably be slashed again next year. We have two players taking up half of it. We barely have enough for good players, as we sign minor league free agents and veterans that are way past their prime.
“We just don’t have the money.”
OK, I understand that. A lot of us today “just don’t have the money”. This economic situation is wearing on all of us. It’s really hurting baseball, too (well, except the Yankees). But in these times especially, people sometimes just need to scrape up that money to go enjoy some baseball. To get their mind off of things. To enjoy America’s pastime.
Living in San Diego is not easy. It’s not the cheapest place on the earth. And our sport teams have a lot of problems. How many years has in been since the Chargers have been in the Superbowl? How long will it be until the Padres get into another World Series? Will even our college teams go anywhere?
When you’ve had a legend like Trevor Hoffman in San Diego for so long, people come out to see him. People come out to experience Trevor Time, to hear “Hell’s Bells” ringing through the stadium as the all-time saves leader runs out from the bullpen. He’s made a legacy here. He is San Diego.
So I ask you, Padres’ front office, why Trevor?
When you look at Trevor, don’t you see the impact he’s made in San Diego? Do you not see the crowd at Petco when the bells start ringing? Do you not hear the immence cheering when that man trots out of the bullpen? Do you not see the changeups, still fooling batters even after all these years? Do you not see that man in the clubhouse, being a leader while goofing off? Can you not hear his subdued voice, taking any blame there needs to be taken for a blown save? Do you see him in the clubhouse after a great save, looking for praise? Can’t you see that he’s hanging out in the trainer’s room or the cafeteria, waiting for the reporters to leave? Is he disrespectful to other players, to other people on the field? Are you blind?
So I ask you again: Why Trevor?
You say it was him or Brian Giles. When Trevor didn’t get back to you on that pathetic $4 million contract, you had to decide. Would you pick up Giles’ option, or would you save the closer? We didn’t need Giles. We could have let him become a free agent. Jody Gerut would have been fine in right field. Giles is taking up $9 million right now. You know that Trevor would have taken a little less than that. We could have offered him a better contract. But no. For some stupid reason, you decided to go with the aging right fielder who is being accused of abuse right now. He might be a great leader in the clubhouse! But Trevor would have been so much better. You know that.
Why? We could have made room for him. He deserves a spot here. He belongs in San Diego. He’s been here for so long. It just doesn’t make sense that you can let him walk away. But you did. And the Padres fans are not happy, Bob. NOT HAPPY.
We’ve been putting up with a lot from you guys over the years. We’ve been putting up with lot this offseason! We don’t like it, and though you say that you are thinking of us, it’s obvious that you’re not. Why should you care what the fans think? We can’t do much about it. Maybe you should start taking a collection at the games. Lock all the doors and don’t let the fans leave until they donate to your cause. We’re already sacrificing so much just to go to a game. Why not make it worse?
I can’t believe you let Trevor Hoffman walk out of here. You are going to regret it. Just watch, he is going to have an incredible season with the Brewers, with a front office who loves him and treats him with the utmost respect. He’s going to get 40+ saves, make a big impact on that Milwaukee club. He’s going into the Hall of Fame as a Padre though, no matter what.
You say you wanted him. But you didn’t even try. We could have saved him. But you “just don’t have the money”.
Kaybee – this off-season there is no rhyme or reason as to what some of the teams have done. Economics has certainly hurt many of the teams, but you have to wonder about some of the players they have decided not to keep. Sorry that Trevor won’t be back. Keep the faith!
I think you should send that post to the Padres, Kaybee. It’s really good and it comes from the heart. Make them listen!
Awww Kaybee. This makes me so sad. I plan on taking in a Padres game or two (or more) this season, and I’ll miss hearing “Hell’s Bells.” I got chills the only time I got to hear it at my second Padres game (the first one was against the Giants when Tim Lincecum shut them out in September; the second one was against the Pirates on the last Saturday of the season…nice save for Trevor). I have a feeling he’ll play very well for the Brewers, which will make the front office kick themselves. When that happens, you should write an “I told you so” post. And I agree with Jane – you should send this to the front office.
Why what a bad excuse. I mean I know the economy sucks, but you can pay Brian Giles 10 million dollars, but you can’t pay Trevor 6 million. The Padres payroll went down a lot this offseason and you can’t pay 8 million. I know that is a ton of money but not for a baseball team. Well . . . It’s a little more to the Padres then say the Yankees.
The Padre’s bullpen has been very strong of the years, we’ll see how losing Hoffman effects them. Hoffman made his name in San Diego. He will always be known for being a Padre.
The only way I can relate to your situation is thinking if the same thing happened to Roy Halladay. If it did, I would go ‘crazy,’ so I feel your pain.
Kaybee – Congrats on making #23 on the New Leader’s List!
Julia, thanks for telling me! I hadn’t seen the list yet, so that was very encouraging!
This off season has just been straight-up pathetic. UGH!
Kevin Towers, I agree but you don’t have the money, eh? I understand but uh.. why Trevor Hoffman? Why the all-time? What makes you think just to release this guy? We should’ve picked up Trevor instead of Brian Giles!!
Kaybee, I’m just as upset as you are. This is ridiculous. We need to wirte a letter or somehing. Kevin Towers HAS to read this because this is a GREAT
Yeah, Kaybee …
I agree, it didn’t make any sense to just let Trevor Hoffman walk away from the Padres … For a player like Hoffman, a team has to “find the money” to keep this type of a player on their team !!! … Anyway, “great post”; and, “Congratulations” on your mlblog being ranked #23 on the new Leader’s List !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
Kaybee, I realized I listed the incorrect URL on my above comments. The correct URL is: