July 23, 2021

Gammons: Second-tier powers are emerging in baseball this offseason (The Athletic)

They operate in the imposing shadows of the Dodgers, and they are one of the best-run organizations in the sport, with more potential capital than the GNP of some small nations. The Diamondbacks have averaged 86 wins and 2.2 million fans over the last three seasons, since executive VP and general manager Mike Hazen reconstructed the organization. They actually were in first place on Sept. 1, 2017, won 93 games and made the National League Division Series.

It’s been a decade of stairclimbing for the Padres since they won 90 games in 2010. They were in first place that season as late as Sept. 15, but since that day have had five managers, three general managers and no winning seasons. For close to four years, they have been retooling and rebuilding, and now, with one of the most talented farm systems around and hefty investments in Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers, are under advisement from their owners that they’d better start producing a winning record, never mind…

Read “Gammons: Second-tier powers are emerging in baseball this offseason” at The Athletic