I found this surprising that he stayed in the National League, though he'd been rumored to become a Padre for a while now. He can still hit, though I wonder how much longer he can squat. He seems perfect for the American League - part time catcher/part time DH.
I think it is a good move by the Pads as it only cost them $2M and he can be easily traded to a contender during the playoff run if the Pads are eliminated early. Today, $2 million is nothing. Good use of their money with a low risk factor.
Well, that's just drunk talk! Sweet, beautiful drunk talk....
I think it's a good move, although that's coming from a Piazza fan. His defense is definitely a liability. On a lot of occasions last year a leadoff runner would get on, second base would be theirs for the taking (85 steals against Piazza), then you have no outs with a runner in scoring position. This obviously can be a problem. On the other hand he played 113 games last year and he would've led the Padres in homeruns and third in RBI. So considering how cheap they got him, I think it's a good deal.
And as a Piazza fan, i'm glad it's San Diego. If he ended up with the Yanks or the Phillies that would've killed me. I was hoping he'd get Oakland's DH spot though.
As much as I like Doug Mirabelli, even on the downside of his career Piazza is a superior offensive player. Throw in the fact that San Diego is paying Piazza roughly the same amount of money in '06 that the Orioles are paying for Kevin Millar, it is a no lose deal. Still way to many strikeouts in the Padres line-up though between Bellhorn/Klesko/Piazza/Cameron.
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Originally posted by redsoxnationStill way to many strikeouts in the Padres line-up though between Bellhorn/Klesko/Piazza/Cameron.
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Piazza has never struck out more than 93 times; with the exception of two years _ 1996 and 97 _ Klesko has never struck out more than 89. Bellhorn and Cameron? Yeah, they whiff a lot. But neither Klesko nor Piazza deserves to be tagged with that label.
I gotta agree that this wasn't the best move in the world for the Pads. Piazza might have one decent year left, but he's much better suited to be on an AL team where he can be a 1B/DH and a second or third catcher. But on a team with no DH and 1B occupied, I could see this year being '05 Sosa-esque. Although I am fairly confident he's a better option than Doug Mirabelli.
He's got that hand-waving deal. He can become INVISIBLE! This means MONEY, Dawg! - AWARulz on Cena.
Combine the following: Cavernous outfield + Catcher who won't throw out anyone + right handed staff == we get our ass run over by slap-hitting nobodies all season.
This is a good idea?
I am definitely not happy about this. Piazza's best days are well behind him. He's a terrible defensive catcher. He's a terrible first baseman. He would be much better off in the AL, and so would the Padres.
Originally posted by Guru ZimHe's still a Goddamn Dodger in my book, and I don't like it.
As a life-long Padre fan and He-man Dodger Hater, I detest Piazza, Lasorda, and anything Dodger related. It took months for me to get used to Steve Garvey in a Padre uniform when he signed in 1983. Thankfully, Garvey provided the greatest moment in Padre history in the 1984 NLCS. He redeemed himself. Will Piazza?
Originally posted by Guru ZimHe has to be better than Miguel Ojeda, and we played him far too long, so... this might be good.
David Ross is better than Miguel Ojeda. Dude fell apart last season. If Piazza can find his swing again, he could make up for his horrid defense. Oh, what am I smoking.
All four catchers (Piazza, Mirabelli, Ross, and Todd Greene) with MLB experience on the Padres Spring Training roster are stop-gap catchers. The Padres are looking forward to bringing up George Kotteras, who is supposed to be ready for 07 or 08. Kotteras had a great 05 Spring Training and had a fine season in the minors.
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I'm just saying Miguel Ojeda had a decent two year run with the Padres based off of a 30+ home run season in the Mexican leagues, where he was only hitting the Fastball. The Pads stuck with him (well, it's not like people were clamoring to trade for him) for two seasons.
Dude couldn't really catch a good game. There is a reason that the Pads won when Ramon was behind the plate and lost a lot when he was injured.
I think Piazza can probably call a game. He used to be able to hit. Maybe he can do that here as well. Hopefully he didn't use steroids to create his numbers in the past, because he's probably off of them now if he was ever on them.
I just see this like when they put Nevin behind the plate last year. Yes, technically the guy can do it, but it's not a good idea.
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