Edit ModuleShow Tags

From the Mouth of Moores


Published:

(page 1 of 5)

From his box on the Qualcomm Stadium press level, John Moores looks down on a batting cage surrounded by members of the team he purchased late in 1994. Since baseball rosters are a study in flux, the players Moores is scrutinizing on this particular afternoon are several generations removed from the ones he and then-partner Larry Lucchino inherited from the chaos created by previous owner Tom Werner.

Once the transfer was made, Moores and Lucchino christened their chattel “The New Padres” and—through a monster trade (which brought Steve Finley and Ken Caminiti to town) plus a public relations blitz—quickly brought substance to that description.

Nine years later, the term “new” Padres has a new meaning. Hardly a day passes without someone new checking into the dugout. In what was foreseen as a transitional year—with the team upgrading its talent in anticipation of the move into a stunning new ballpark next spring—these Padres instead have been hammered by injuries, betrayed by an overabundance of inexperience and, by July, were on pace to lose a record number of games.

“I don’t get it,” Moores says. “I mean, ostensibly I understand what’s going on, because we have a huge amount of our payroll enjoying the game from their seats. [Injured stars Phil Nevin and Trevor Hoffman have been sidelined this season.] That notwithstanding, it’s still a mystery as to why we aren’t playing better than we are.

“We’ve had losing streaks before, even in very good years, and you just kind of shrug it off. This is the first time it’s ever gotten to me. I see a fair amount of talent on the field, some that other clubs would be licking their chops over. Yet somehow it’s just not coming together.”

The customers have noticed. Predictably, there’s been increasing focus on general manager Kevin Towers and field manager Bruce Bochy. The level of criticism ratchets up with each dismaying performance, but if Moores hears it, he remains unmoved.

“I like Towers and Bochy,” he says. “Both have a long record of achievement relative to their peers. The last thing I want to do is make a bad situation worse by doing something that’s really just a gesture. I don’t see why, when we’re in a trough, we’d want to give up an asset.”
Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 27 Secret San Diego Spots
    From hidden caves to dead bodies beneath a public park, here's our third annual guide to all things hidden and hush-hush
  2. FIRST LOOK: False Idol
    San Diego is now home to a world-class tiki bar—False Idol
  3. Best of San Diego 2016
    Our annual and completely subjective guide to SD’s best
  4. The Chilling Facts About Craft Beer
    Why colder is not always better
  5. FIRST LOOK: Decoy Dockside
    San Marcos gets an ambitious, two-story gastro-lodge on the lake with Decoy Dockside.
  6. Top 10 Off-Site Events during Comic-Con 2016
    No badge, no problem—these happenings are free and open to the public
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Win Tickets to Craig Robinson Plus a Hotel and Spa Package

The American Comedy Co. is giving away a hilarious weekend for two

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Win Tickets to Craig Robinson Plus a Hotel and Spa Package

The American Comedy Co. is giving away a hilarious weekend for two

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags