The 2019 San Diego Padres come into each game ready to compete. There is no quitting with this young club, and that bodes well for the future of this franchise.
Currently, the Padres have the youngest team in the entire major leagues. The future is now as numerous young players are contributing at the major league level.
Adding Manny Machado to this youth movement has been exciting to witness for most Padre fans. There are expectations of winning every day, and with that, there is a sense that finally a Padres Way is being established. It took over 50 years for this team to lay out a long term plan. A.J. Preller and his staff deserve credit for constructing a team that is fun to watch and full of upside.
The franchise should sustain this success, and that is an excellent thing for the city of San Diego.
In talking to several of the young players this spring, they all had the same thing to say. Confidence was high, and now there is thought that the team can win each game they play. Manny Machado’s arrival had a lot to do with that. Every player recognizes what he brings to the team.
That type of chemistry that this team has shown usually takes years to generate, but this group of players has come together like a family. Earlier this year, on an off-day in St. Louis, the entire Padres team went out to dinner. That is rare. These men generally like one another. Doing things like that as a group will transition to positive play on the field.
The Dodgers series that just concluded is a perfect example of how this team has grown from season’s past. The Padres were ahead in all three games, only to allow the Dodgers to rally each game. That could have been demoralizing to a young team, but they held their heads high and battled. Hunter Renfroe‘s homer in the last game of the series was huge for the Padres. It left a feeling that this young team can go toe to toe with their division rival.
Momentum is significant in the game of baseball, and this team has been able to harness it from time to time. If Andy Green can get some consistency from some of the young players on the squad, the team could continue to be a thorn in the side of NL teams for the rest of the 2019 season. One thing is for sure, they will not quit.