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Padres GM Hoyer on Minor League Championships, next season and Moneyball

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

  • Winning Championships in Lake Elsinore and San Antonio "puts some meat on the bone of what we're trying to accomplish."  It shows that the Padres have a commitment to building from within.
    "I get it.  The only thing that really matters for an organization is winning at the Big League Level, there's no one that disputes that."
      The Padres minor league system has been a weakness in the past. 
    "It really doesn't matter until those guys come up here and perform.  I don't expect people to have endless patience, but I do think we're on the right track."
  • It's been a long season for Hoyer.  The team got off to a poor start and was never able to dig themselves out of it.  "Ultimately we weren't good enough as a team, good enough as an organization to overcome a lot of things we went through."  The team just couldn't get over the hump. 
  • A big part of Hoyer's job is thinking about changes for next year.  He doesn't think there will be wholesale changes.  A lot of the young players we see now will be back with the team.
  • Even when the Padres lost 16 of 18, Hoyer doesn't think it was a lack of effort.  "As a group our team plays hard."  He thinks the team just faced good pitching.  You can tell how hard the team is playing by asking the manager who is in the clubhouse or watching to see if the bench is into the game.  "We haven't done the little things well."  He thinks it's a lack of execution, not a lack of effort.  Hoyer says they need to figure out why they haven't been able to execute.
  • Hoyer won't announce any coaching staff changes until after the season is over.
  • Casey Kelly, Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland were brought up from San Antonio to get accustomed to being with the Big League team but were not added to the 40 man roster for fear of exposing other players to the Rule 5 draft.
  • Hoyer wouldn't have predicted the Diamondbacks to win the NL West at the beginning of the season.  They have a lot of homegrown talent like the Padres want to have.
  • Hoyer thinks that the media tries to give credit to a new GM for a winning season but baseball people are able to see the gray areas.  Ultimately it's the GM that takes the team across the finish line.
  • Hoyer won't see Moneyball this weekend, but he'll probably see it soon.  "I think it's about taking a lot more information than was previously used and using it to make good decisions." Oakland is the unluckiest team he's ever seen.  Hoyer won't say who would play him in a movie.