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Padres GM Hoyer: No hard feelings between Garland and Young

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XX Sports Radio: Jed Hoyer Interview (MP3) with Darren Smith

  • Padres finished with 13-1-2 in the last 16 games.  Hoyer hopes the Padres didn't waste any wins in Arizona Spring Training.
  • Hoyer believes that you have only a certain number of hits and homers in your bat.  "It's nice to see guys play well, but you don't like to see them get too hot down there."
  • The Padres came to play every day and worked incredibly hard.  There is a lot of momentum in the clubhouse being carried over from last year.
  • There are some young players that will need to make adjustments to remain successful after opposing teams scouting them in the off season.
  • Hoyer believes he knows the team much better after Spring Training.  Getting to know the personalities is important.  He went to every game this Spring.
  • It will be nice for the players to play in a Major League stadium tonight right before Opening Day.  Young will pitch tonight and Correia tomorrow. Richard and Latos will pitch in Minor League games over the weekend. "We're ready to go, no question"
  • They chose Jon Garland to be the Opening Day pitcher because of the way the first 10 days of the season mapped out.  He deserves it. In 10 years he's pitched an average of 200 innings a year.  There is a certain intensity on Opening Day and they thought he could handle it.
  • Buddy Black sat down with Chris Young and told him that he would get the Home Opener instead.  There were no hard feelings.
  • Chase Headley had the most RBI's in Spring Training both because guys got on base in front of him and he got some crucial hits.
  • Buddy Black will tinker with the starting line up.  Adrian Gonzalez, Kyle Blanks and Chase Headley will be in the 3-4-5 spots.  Hoyer thinks it's nice to move around the line up.  The most important thing is to get your best players the most plate appearances.
  • Both and Tony Gwynn and Everth Cabrera are guys that could lead off and create some havoc on the bases.  The most important thing is getting on base for a lead off hitter.
  • "Joe Thatcher is likely to start the year on the DL." The team is struggling looking for a left handed reliever. 
  • David Wells is throwing a side session today at the ballpark.  "If he's ready to go we might just sign him quick until Joe can come back.  We'll see how that goes.  He's ready to go.  Rubber arm."  "No Boomer, I just had to play some kind of April Fools joke."  He was going to talk about Bud Black being a left handed reliever but it wasn't as believable.
  • Everybody seems to think that the Rockies are the team to beat.  Hoyer thinks they are a really balanced team.  "I definitely look up to them as a ball club."
  • The team runs simulations but Hoyer isn't going to share the results on the air.
  • "You should never show up not expecting to win." 
  • There are a lot of reasons for optimism but the Padres also have a lot of players that need to prove that they can do it over the course of a full season.
  • "We'll have a very strong bullpen in Portland"
  • "It was a tough decision to send LeBlanc to Portland."  "We chose Latos for that role, but Wade could have done it very easily."  They told LeBlanc that he'll be back up in San Diego without question.
  • Aaron Cunningham could have made the team very easily.
  • Logan Forsythe had a great Spring in every way possible.
  • The Padres haven't made the final roster decision yet, but Matt Stairs had a very good camp.  He hit the ball hard in pinch hitting spots.  You don't want a young player in that role, sitting on the bench and not getting to play everyday.