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Colorado's comeback win didn't sit well with Padres GM Jed Hoyer

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

  • Jed found out early this morning that Heath Bell would make the team. He deserved to be an All Star. Hoyer thinks the players should have voted him in. 
  • Hoyer understands the benefit of the Padres getting disrespected and playing with a chip on their shoulder.
  • He would hate to deny a player like Mat Latos an All Star Game to give him rest, because "it's too important to a player's career and they work hard to get to that point."
  • Hoyer wants the MLB to take the All Star player selections away from the Managers. It's enough of an honor to let them manage.
  • He does like that home field advantage in the World Series is decided by the All Star Game.
  • Jed only voted a handful of times for Heath Bell, because he had more important things to do.  They had a bell in the office that rung every hour to remind the employees to vote.
  • Padres traded Sean Gallagher to Pittsburgh for cash considerations.  They knew there was enough interest in him that he wouldn't make it through waivers. They had to make a decision by 10am this morning.  They were able to get more money than they would of with waivers and there would have been a $20,000 fee. "With us in first place right now, it's not the time to let him develop."
  • "We don't have anyone that is a prototypical clean up hitter." It's probably a weakness on the club.  Protection for Adrian can come from above and behind in the line up.  Getting a middle power bat may or may not be realistic.  It's on their wish list.
  • When Hoyer looks at the teams behind the Padres in the NL West Colorado worries him the most. "Honestly what happened last night in Colorado didn't really sit that well with me."
  • "You want to be playing good baseball going into the break."
  • "I thought we got pretty thoroughly beaten last night."
  • There are home runs in Petco Park for right handed hitters and left handed hitters that can go the opposite way.  "It plays a little bit bigger than it is because of the air."  There is really no way to anticipate the way a ballpark will play until it is built.