If you ask why a summary was not published on this site after the game the night before, the sixth consecutive loss for the San Diego Padres was a combination of three things:
- After spending the first half of the game at Petco Park with my 13-month-old daughter, I was exhausted when I got home and I missed part of the last tickets because of the mini "dad naps".
- Six consecutive losses is not an exciting thing to write about.
- I wanted to give myself a night of sleep before writing about Andy Green.
After a night of sleep, I'm still upset with Andy Green.
Do not misunderstand …
I have not been a big fan of Andy Green. He was not a big fan of his when they hired him because of his lack of experience in the dugout. And I was not excited about your old-school approach to creating the lineup, managing the bullpen and playing time for prospects versus veterans.
But I was trying to give Andy the benefit of the doubt this season. This is his fourth season as manager of the Padres, and he hoped that he had learned from his mistakes. He also hoped that having a new bench coach, replacing Mark McGwire with Rod Barajas, would lead him to evolve in some way.
However, we have to talk about this issue of Ian Kinsler, because it perfectly captures why he is harming the team and the franchise rather than his help.
The Ian Kinsler thing
This is how I wrote about what happened in the game on Friday night:
In the bottom of the tenth inning, and with the score tied 1-1, Ian Kinsler hit a double into the gap and put himself in the scoring position. It was his first hit of the game.
Before the end of the next at-bat, Kinsler (who was already in the scoring position) attempted to steal third base and was easily ejected. Hedges hit a ground ball to the pitcher on the next pitch, and the Padres never had a real chance to hit the runner in scoring position against Kinsler's error at the bases of play.
It was an incredibly stupid move for any player, much less for one who is not even reaching his weight. Kinsler's reaction should have been to apologize, to his teammates and coaches, and maybe even to the fans, and Green's reaction should have been to lay Kinsler in a game so he knows there are consequences for doing silly things that They cost the team a game.
There is Kinsler, saying after the game that it is just the way he plays and he will do it again if he is placed in the same position.
I want to say that again, so that everyone understands: Ian Kinsler gave his team the opportunity to get the victory by being stupid, and said he would do it again if he placed himself in the same position.
He was sure that Andy would support him after that, probably hold a private conversation with him and then declare publicly that Ian had learned from his mistake and that he would be smarter in the future.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Kinsler in the starting lineup on Saturday night.
I know that Luis Urias is not hitting at the moment, and once again he was completely outnumbered in his only AB the night before, but Kinsler has not been much better on the plate and starting for him seems a reward despite what It happened on Friday night.
Perception against reality
I will begin this section by stating that what follows is almost entirely speculative and narrative, and I have not done any work to confirm or deny my suspicions, but I know that I am not the only person who openly thinks this. ..
Andy Green was not a very talented MLB player. He played in 140 career games, extended in three seasons and finished with an OPS of .547. Each plate appearance he gained was won through hard work, mental toughness and general aggression. There are some (including myself) who believe that he favors the players who remind him of himself: the players who survive with deception and bustle, over those who have some gifts given by God in the baseball diamond.
Maybe this is the reason why, I think, Green continues to reward Kinsler with starts and AB over Urias. Maybe that's why Jose Pirela continues to be a starter for the Padres even though he has not been a good hitter or outfielder since 2017.
It is also possible that a professional utility player does not understand why moving Wil Myers from RF to 1B to 3B to LF and now to CF would affect his stroke, his most valuable trait.
I'm ready to get on board the "Fire Andy Green" car, finally. The manager affects the performance of a team very little, so I'm not saying that they should fire Andy because the team has lost six consecutive games.
I'm not even saying that you should fire Andy for the way he handled Kinsler's situation this season, or how he handled Anthony Rizzo-Austin Hedges' situation in 2017, or why he continues to find ways to make José Pirela enter the lineup for the detriment of your team.
I'm saying that Andy Green does not provide any of the things that a team like the Padres wants, or even needs, from their manager. He has not demonstrated ability to lead, nor ability to make the right decision in difficult situations, nor ability to evolve into a 21st century manager.
If he is going to continue rewarding idiocy because he is afraid of losing a game or he is afraid that the guillotine will fall and his pink slip arrives, then he is already putting himself above his team. That's not what I want in a manager.