As the baseball season comes to a close for the Padres, it seems like a good time to look back and review just how players, coaches, executives and ownership have fared in the past season. Today I thought we'd let you vote to see if Padres ownership met their three vague commitments they set for themselves last November. They set no timeline for when these commitments would be met, that I know of, so I figure we'll grade them each year until we consider them complete.
The commitments are as follows:
THE 3 COMMITMENTS OF OWNERSHIP
- To field a team worthy of the fans support with the goal of competing for a World Series Championship each season.
- To provide a fun, affordable and entertaining experience at Petco Park and to market that experience to a diverse fan base throughout the entire San Diego and Baja California region.
- To be active and vital members of the community.
As I stated last year, the goals are open to interpretation. For instance, every team competes for a World Series Championship by playing in the regular season. Does this mean the commitment has been met? Or does this mean that the club must be one of the two teams playing in the Series? Or do they just need to make the playoffs? Or do they just need to set a goal of the World Series? Also, is the team worthy of fan support if we're terrible fans? Ownership doesn't answer these questions, so I'll let you decide with your vote.
Was the Petco Park experience fun, entertaining and affordable? Well, I'd suspect that fans will have different opinions on that as well, based on where they set the bar for entertainment and what affordable means to them. Did they market to a diverse fan base in Baja California? Again, you decide.
Is the team active and vital member of the community? In some areas they've been active, but vital? You be the judge.
Give the team a pass or fail grade for each of their commitments so they know whether they need to improve in these areas for next year. After you vote you'll see a link to the results.
Here's the 2014 results: