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Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

Posted on: October 23, 2009 5:52 pm

Jed Hoyer will be named as the next general manager of the San Diego Padres, according to sources, with the official announcement expected to come early next week, probably Monday.

Hoyer, 35, currently Boston's senior vice-president and assistant GM, will replace Kevin Towers, who was the longest tenured GM in the game until he was fired at season's end.

The hire will be the second time that Jeff Moorad, San Diego's chief executive officer, has gone to Boston to hire a GM. Current Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, like Hoyer, was an assistant under Red Sox GM Theo Epstein in Boston when Moorad hired him in Arizona in 2005.

The Padres' job will be Hoyer's first as the man in charge (though he did serve a 44-day stint as Boston's "co-GM" in '05 when Epstein briefly left the organization.

Hoyer was hired by the Red Sox in 2003, when he was just 28, and has since become one of Epstein's most trusted assistants. A native of Plymouth, N.H., and a 1996 graduate of Wesleyan University, Hoyer has aided Epstein in all aspects of Boston's baseball operations department including player acquisitions and evaluations and contract negotiations.

Hoyer also is a student of blending scouting and quantitative analysis, which is part of what Moorad clearly  meant when, in dismissing Towers after 14 seasons with the organization, he said he wanted a GM with more of a "strategic approach." At the time, he referred to Towers as a "gunslinger."

The Red Sox are noted for blending sabermatrics -- statistical analysis -- and scouting as well as any franchise in the game.

The Padres last season finished strong, compiling a winning record in August and September to go 75-87 and finish fourth in the NL West. Hoyer is said to have been impressed with the job manager Bud Black did as several other losing clubs, such as Pittsburgh, Washington and Kansas City, slogged through miserable Septembers.

He is, however, expected to make some changes in the baseball operations department. Among those who could be on their way out are Grady Fuston, vice-president of scouting and player development, and Bill "Chief" Gayton, the club's director of scouting. The Padres have had a string of several disappointing drafts over the past decade.

The status of executive vice-president Paul DePodesta, former Dodgers GM, is unclear. Before he left, former club president Sandy Alderson set DePodesta up with a three-year contract believed to be worth $800,000 annually that does not expire until after the 2011 season.

Kim Ng, the Dodgers' vice-president and assistant GM, also interviewed for the Padres job.

Hoyer played baseball while at Wesleyan, pitching and playing shortstop for a team that reached the NCAA Division III championship game.

The Red Sox celebrated Hoyer earlier Friday, ESPN's Peter Gammons tweeted, by holding a going away lunch for him.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2009 3:04 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

Oh great Jr. Jed to the rescue! Nice hire or get Moorad you moron! If you went out and signed Boston`s best bat & former Padre Jason By then your fans would care, but falling in love with the genius that is the Red sawx way does nothing for your scrap heap organization. Now this geek Jed will probably make his first big move trading Heath Bell for Jed Lowry because he`s an on base % whiz. Sure Towers had to go, but don`t feed San Diego the bull that New England nation does with their young pencil necked geek front office. Start developing the young pitching like a better GM hire Dave Stewart certainly would. The NL West isn`t gonna get any easier in the next five years. Maybe Moorad will lose a bundle of $ by then and have to go back to being the scum of baseball earth as a prostituting player agent. Don`t put Theo on speed dial Moorad or you`ll watch your only pitching prospect Latos be traded for Jed Lowry and a cup of clam chowwwwderrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2009 3:03 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

as much as I want to tell you to fuck off, I have to agree.  People just don't realize what it's like to be a Padre fan.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2009 12:00 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

Ekdog you just showed the entire world why you are a "worker" for someone else with that comment. 

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2009 11:58 am

If he was so bad why...

I have mixed emotions here, Sean Borroughs/Matt Bush things drive me crazy. KT wasn't in charge of the draft as much as the baseball operations had demands.

Beside if they were so bad at teh draft, how did they get so many to teh major leagues performing? They just didn't hit on the stars, mostly because owners were cheapskates

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2009 9:16 am

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

I agree with Boltpatrol. San Diego has always been a right-wing, Republican, scab town where they treat workers like shit. That won't work with professional athletes, who laugh at such tactics and move on to greener pastures when they feel they're not being paid what they're worth.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2009 11:35 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

Wow someone is bitter. Bottom line is this team had its hands tied with the likes of John Moores at the helm, then compounded things by bringing in Sandy Alderson, who proceeded to bring down the farm system even further by drafting a bunch of non-athletes with no speed and 5'10" "strike throwers" with 87mph fastballs like Josh Geer that get hammered when they get to the big leagues. If not for Kevin Towers and some of the moves he made this year, the Padres would be a joke, instead they had a respectable year with a bunch of no namers and now have a bright future and an improved farm system.

And speaking of looking at history, you DON'T need to "pay up" when if comes to baseball talent, look at the Twins, Rays, Marlins, Rockies etc... that have had success with no payroll. While teams like the Mets, Astros, White Sox amd Cubs could all feed small countries but cand even sniff the playoffs. The Padres are doing it right and though more payroll would be nice, it is not necessary to win.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2009 9:33 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

WHo cares they will still suck! San Diego has never won a championship all it is is a farm system for big markets. How can you be competitive when you ship out people the moment they become good because you dont wanna pay up? Just look at the history..

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2009 6:57 pm

Padres to name Jed Hoyer GM early next week

It will be good to have someone with a plan for the future.  The Padres' player development has been lackng over the years, and it might be time for Fuson to leave.  Everyone says that the Padres' drafts have been bad, I contend it is more the result of poor player development.  Khalil Greene made the statement when he first arrived at the major league club that he did not have a 'set' swing.  How could the Padres have let him progress through the organization with no 'set' swing.  When things go bad (which sadly it did for Khalil) the MLB player needs to have a foundation on which to return (just ask any professional or 'scratch' golfer).  We have heard of so many minor league players that were going to set the world on fire and never see tham at the major league level (again training).  With a good training program the Padres can now draft athletes rather than college players that could contribute (but with less upside) quickly.  It is time to make a switch to develop the likes of Donovan Tate, the recently signed Dominican Republic players and the rest of our minor league players.

A plan for the future and the proper development of the talent pool in the minor leagues could provide the Padres with many years of success.

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