Saturday, December 13, 2014


  •  This week MLB has there Winter Meetings at the Hilton BayFront and Job Fair/Trade Show at the Convention Center here in San Diego. Because I live here I wanted to check it out,. I took the bus and trolley on Tuesday which was my day off  from work. I wanted to meet the Tribe scribes to get some buzz on the Tribe. I also wanted to meet national scribes and analysts fron ESPN, FOX, MLB Network and Baseball America. However when I got there there were alot of security guards and the people I saw walking fron the hotel were wearing credential passes. I could have signed up for this but I write a "fan" blog. I am not a "professional" writer. The ESPN BBTN set and MLB Net shows were inside the hotel not outside the awesome view of the bay and Coronado Island. Well all I could do was take some pictures outside the hotel and convention center. Also during that time the Padres were submitting a bid to host the All Star Game in 2016 or 2017. I hope it happens because Petco Park, the convention center, the hotels and Gaslamp Quater are within walking distance. MLB should have the winter meetings here every 2-3 years. 
  • Going into the Winter Meetings the two teams I follow (Tribe and Padres) needed to make moves during that time. Both teams made 1 move. Tribe traded for OF Brandon Moss from OAK. The problem with that move was Moss is a LH not RH which Tribe needs really bad. They have too many LH bats. Yes Santana and Swisher are switch hitters but they do not hit like Chipper Jones. Why do they need a RH middle of the order bat? Well in the AL Central there are many LH starting pitchers in the division. CHW has 3 LH starters(Sale,Danks& Quintana). DET has David Price. KC has Duffy and Vargas. Tribe last year was awful vs LHP. Raburn showed 2013 was a MAJOR fluke. Gomes is the only legit RHH but he is a catcher and has to get days off. I also do not want to hear that the ballpark hurts RHH power which is garbage. Marlins Park is much tougher. So is Petco Park and Safeco Field. Tyler Holt is a RHH but he is not a power hitter but a leadoff hitter that should play CF vs LHP. Bourn should be on bench vs LHP. Tribe blew it by trading Drew Stubbs to COL for a LOOGY who was DFA in July and not replacing him. They also have NEVER replaced Manny Ramirez. They should have signed Nelson Cruz last year. Yes they would lose a 1st round pick but Cruz's production would put the team over the top. He would have provided the "knockout punch" which the team lacked last year. Instead they drafted a LH OF Bradley Zimmer. He better learn how to hit LHP. When you have the RH power hitter, opposing managers have to decide what to do with their bullpen decisions. Another move they should have made was getting a stating pitcher. Klber was great but I am not sure of the other guys in the rotation. It would have been nice to get one who can provide 200+ innings. Only Kluber can as this point. Getting another reliever who can be the backup closer would help too. The front office better get moving. They still have to show they can beat DET when it matters in Aug and Sept therefore Tigers are the team to beat in the ALC again.
  • What was the Padres move? They made a trade with a division rival. They traded Yazmani Grandal and prospects to LAD for Matt Kemp. Dodgers are paying the most of the contract. Padres still need more bats because the current ones on the roster have not shown they can do it. It would have been nice if they pull the trigger to sign Pablo Sandavol or Yasmany Thomas. They really have more work to do with the batting order. Mark Kotsay the new hitting coach has a real job on his hands. The also need to add more pitching too.