SAN DIEGO — Lower than a yr after a stirring run to the Nationwide League Championship Collection, the high-priced, underperforming San Diego Padres are defending themselves in opposition to studies there’s a lack of clubhouse management inside a dysfunctional group.
Whereas hinting that there have been points within the clubhouse, right-hander Joe Musgrove stated they’ve been addressed following a narrative within the San Diego Union-Tribune that questioned the clubhouse tradition and a narrative in The Athletic that steered cultural points and dysfunction lengthen as much as basic supervisor A.J. Preller.
Each publications stated the studies had been based mostly on interviews with gamers and former membership workers who had been granted anonymity.
“You have a look at final yr, we had been one step away from being within the World Collection competing for the final word prize. Not an entire lot’s modified this yr,” stated Musgrove, who has spent two stints on the injured checklist. “Clearly, there have been issues that went on within the clubhouse this yr that we did not do an excellent job of addressing and dealing with. I feel if we addressed a few of these issues sooner as a substitute of form of letting them fester, a few of that stuff might need labored itself out. On no account is it a dysfunctional group.”
Musgrove declined to supply specifics, saying, “A number of stuff has been stated already in these write-ups which have come out.”
“I feel while you battle like that, typically when issues aren’t addressed once they must be addressed or in the best way they must be addressed, I really feel like typically the fellows who’re thought-about the leaders really feel a must step up, myself included, to attempt to do greater than you must,” he stated.
Some sources within the Union-Tribune story gave the impression to be pointing a finger at third baseman Manny Machado, who helped carry the Padres to the NLCS final fall and completed second in NL MVP voting. Machado was given a brand new $350 million, 11-year contract in spring coaching regardless of saying he deliberate to decide out this offseason from the $300 million, 10-year deal he signed in 2019.
“We have talked since these articles got here out as a workforce and addressed some stuff and Manny’s advised us how he feels about it and the place we stand, so we have cleared up a number of that stuff,” Musgrove stated. “I feel all the things’s good in right here, to be trustworthy. It does not really feel like there’s pressure towards each other and who’s talking about who and whatnot.
“We want it could have been dealt with internally and never gotten on the market, nevertheless it’s on the market now and we have to deal with it and transfer ahead.”
Machado, who missed about two weeks in the midst of the season with a fractured left hand, declined to supply specifics, too.
“Everybody’s all the time going to have their very own opinion,” Machado stated. “On the finish of the day, we go on the market and play to one of the best of our capabilities. A number of quotes of that story had been overlooked and everybody all the time has their very own narrative that they are making an attempt to steer. In the end, it is my accountability that I did not play. The actual level of that is we did not play good baseball. I did not play good baseball and we let lots of people down on this metropolis.”
Preller dismissed speak of dysfunction and in addition defended Machado, saying: “Manny’s going to be a part of the answer right here for a very long time.
“To place all the things on one participant, Manny, no, that is not the design. We do not have one chief. That is not how we designed that membership.”
The Padres had World Collection aspirations coming into this season, when the large query was how 4 extremely paid superstars — Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Juan Soto — would mesh. From early on, the Padres had been wildly inconsistent offensively and there have been a number of bullpen meltdowns. The Padres have been beneath .500 since Might 12 whereas watching the rival Los Angeles Dodgers — whom they shocked in final yr’s NLDS — run away with the NL West. The Padres had been getting ready to elimination heading into the season’s ultimate week.
Whereas the Padres have made the playoffs twice previously three seasons, together with the pandemic-shortened 2020, final yr was the primary time they’d a successful document in a full marketing campaign since Preller was employed in August 2014. There have been studies of pressure between Preller and Bob Melvin, the fifth supervisor within the GM’s tenure. Melvin, a three-time Supervisor of the Yr, has one yr left on his contract.
The Padres folded down the stretch in 2019, costing supervisor Andy Inexperienced his job, and had a brutal collapse in September 2021, which obtained Jayce Tingler fired.
Musgrove known as Machado “among the finest teammates I’ve ever had” and stated he “should not be taking the brunt of this.”
“This is not his fault that we have misplaced and had a foul yr,” Tatis stated. “I feel individuals count on the chief to have the ability to pull the workforce out of no matter gap they’re in. However there’s a lot stuff occurring this yr that it is tough to have one particular person are available in and do one thing or say one thing and alter the complete outlook on the complete workforce. Everybody’s obtained their method of doing issues.”
Machado has been bothered by tennis elbow and restricted to taking part in designated hitter this month. Usually detest to debate accidents, Machado stated just lately he may have surgical procedure as soon as the Padres are eradicated from postseason competition. He is hitting .253 this season — that might be a profession low — with 30 dwelling runs, 88 RBIs and a .780 OPS.
Bogaerts stated he was shocked by Machado’s potential to play by means of accidents. Whereas it would trigger his manufacturing to slide, “I imply, would you fairly have Manny Machado within the field or somebody from Double-A they only known as up? Simply his presence on this lineup, on the sphere, it simply goes a great distance.”
Tatis known as Machado “an excellent chief. He leads by instance, comes each single day, ensuring he is capable of be on the sphere it doesn’t matter what. I really feel that is enormous. He is available in, he has a wonderful presence contained in the clubhouse and throughout the recreation. Nevertheless it appears like what led to all the things this yr, simply underperforming somewhat bit and other people simply began pointing fingers.”