By C. Trent Rosecrans
If the Padres are to repeat their surprising 2010 win total, they'll need a repeat performance from their pitching staff, but they'll also need to score some runs. That task wasn't made easier when they traded Adrian Gonzalez in December.
Among current Padres offensive players, 26-year-old third baseman Chase Headley has the best chance to move into the Padres' need for an offensive bell cow. Headley has hit .264/.335/.375 in his short career and doesn't fit into the typical role of a slugger at third base, but he was still second to Gonzalez among Padres batters with a 4.6 WAR (from FanGraphs.com) last season. He'll never be a bopper, but few would in spacious Petco Park.
It's no coincidence that as Headley struggled at the end of last season -- striking out 42 times in his last 128 at-bats, while hitting .211 -- the Padres floundered and gave up their lead in the National League West. This spring the switch hitter has looked better from the right side, where he's struggled in the past, and could be on his way to becoming a consistent force in the Padres lineup, which is something they desperately need.
PLAYER ORACLECito Gaston played with Darrell Evans for the 1975 Atlanta Braves
Darrell Evans played with Kent Mercker for the 1989 Atlanta Braves
Kent Mercker played with Chris Denorifa for the 2005 Cincinnati Reds
You may not remember a 1983 TV series called Masquerade, a sort of mash-up between Mission: Impossible and The Love Boat, which had an intelligence agency use ordinary civilians for their specialized skills. Kind of like Chuck, but much less watchable.
Like The Love Boat, the series used well-known actors each week as part of its revolving door cast. The third episode of the series, "Girls for Sale" was broadcast Dec. 29, 1983, and featured Padres first baseman Steve Garvey.
Giving me less confidence in this super-secret government agency is they apparently recruited Garvey for his… arm?
Hey, whatever you need to stop ninjas. It's a good thing Steve never went anywhere without his trust first baseman's mitt. I'm sure he's wearing a cup, too.
Garey also appeared in Baywatch and Star Trek: the Next Generation among other acting credits.
Hat tip to Sons of Steve Garvey.
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