In the past three years, it has become painfully obvious to Padre fans across the country that the interests of the ballclub no longer reflect the philosophy of bringing a winning baseball team to San Diego.
While the Dodgers have solidified their chances of winning the National League West this year by signing Detroit free agent Kirk Gibson, the Padres continue to justify their lack of action in the off-season by stating that available talent would not improve upon the team they fielded last year.
Could this Padre team in question be the same one that finished the 1987 season at 65-97 and last in the Western Division? Maybe this admirable record is good enough for the Padre executive staff, but I assure you it is not good enough for the majority of Padre fans.
The Padres have continually declined to offer suitable contracts to quality free agents such as Tim Raines, Bob Horner, Jack Morris, Jack Clark, Andre Dawson, Dave Righetti and Fred Lynn. They have traded away big talent such as Kevin McReynolds, Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts and Ozzie Smith. Meanwhile, they have added Chris Brown, Stanley Jefferson, Storm Davis, Keith Comstock and Rob Nelson.