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Old 02-07-2019, 12:23 AM   #61
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Brown Signs Extension

Friday -- January 14th, 2000

Brown Signs $55 Million Extension
Deal keeps ace pitcher in San Diego through 2004

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In a clear signal that the defending World Series Champions aren't ready to relinquish the N.L. West to the free-spending Dodgers, the Padres have signed Kevin Brown to a 4-year extension worth nearly $55 million. Brown was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2000 season.

"It's pretty cool knowing I'll be able to retire as a Padre," the soon-to-be 35 year-old Brown said. He will be 40 years in the final year of the extension in 2004. "Hopefully I'll have a few more rings by then."

Brown has been a part of three championship teams in San Diego, winning the World Series with the Padres in 1991, 1998, and 1999. He has a lifetime record of 203-95, and won the Cy Young Award in 1998 when he went 27-2 with a 1.99 ERA. He has pitched in each of the last four MLB All-Star games.

"We have a good thing going here and we'd like to stay on top for as long as we can," Padres GM Jack McKeon said. "Brownie is a big part of that. We'd hate to lose a guy like that to another team."

Fellow ace Greg Maddux remains on track for free agency. The four-time Cy Young winner has one year remaining on his current contract, and extension talks have hit a standstill between Maddux and the Padres. The 33-year-old is rumored to have an unresolved conflict with manager Cookie Rojas, though neither side has commented publicly about the situation.

The Padres could face stiff competition from their rivals in Los Angeles. The Dodgers signed Chipper Jones (.345, 49 HR, 133 RBI in 1999) to a record 7-year, $107.4 million free agent deal at the start of free agency, only to see the Cubs break that bench mark by signing shortstop Alex Rodriguez to an 8-year, $123.3 million contract just hours later. Ken Griffey Junior (.261, 39 HR,112 RBI) was added to the Dodgers lineup just a week later through free agency, inking a $72.5 million deal for 5 years. Though the team did lose reigning Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals this winter, the Dodgers appear to be primed to improve on their 91-win campaign from 1999 with a revamped batting order.

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Padres Fall to Marlins in 2000 NLCS

Friday -- October 20th, 2000

Marlins Oust Padres in NLCS Game 7
Florida prevails in 13 inning thriller to reach first-ever World Series



SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Padres' run at a third straight World Series ended with a stunning extra-inning defeat on Friday, falling to the Florida Marlins 5-3 in 13 innings in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Luis Gonzalez and Sharnol Adriana delivered the final blows, crushing home runs against the Padres in the decisive 13th inning. The Marlins will face the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.

"Very disappointing," catcher Mike Piazza said, after batting .405 with 7 home runs and 14 RBI in the postseason. "We set ourselves up pretty well, and we just didn't finish."

The Padres had seized a 2-0 series lead against the Marlins, playing in their first-ever postseason. But Florida managed to even the series at 2-2, and staved off elimination in Game 6 to force the winner-take-all Game 7 at Qualcomm Stadium.

"I don't have the words," Greg Maddux told reporters. Maddux dropped a 3-1 decision in Game 6 despite allowing just one run on three hits in a stellar seven-inning effort. He is eligible for free agency this off-season, and has continually butted heads with manager Cookie Rojas, who signed a 4-year extension after the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the NLDS.

"If this was his last ride with us, it was one hell of a run," GM Jack McKeon said. "Mad Dog is one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, and I'd say one of the all-time greats. We'd love to have him back if he'll join us."




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Padres trade Edmonds

Tuesday -- October 31st, 2000

Passing of the Torch?
Padres deal Edmonds to NL Champs for Kotsay, prospect



SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Though its front office is insisting otherwise, all signs point to a San Diego rebuild after the Padres traded All-Star center fielder Jim Edmonds to the reigning National League champion Florida Marlins on Tuesday for unheralded outfielder Mark Kotsay and top prospect Adrian Gonzalez.

Edmonds earned his third trip to the MLB All-Star Game in 2000, and hit .311 with 26 home runs and 103 RBI this past season for the Padres. He also struck out 172 times, fourth-most in baseball.

Kotsay, 24, led the National League with 678 at-bats for the Marlins last season, hitting .299 while stealing 21 bases. He won the Gold Glove as a right fielder in 1999, but is expected to compete for San Diego's starting job in center.

"Don't read too much into this," General Manager Jack McKeon said. "We got ourselves an incredible minor league player and an outfielder who can start right away for us."

The move saves the Padres almost $10 million in payroll, money that could be used to re-sign Greg Maddux or Roberto Alomar this off-season. Both declared for free agency after Maddux could not come to terms on an extension and Alomar exercised an opt-out in his contract. Both figure to command annual salaries in excess of $10 million.
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Padres Sign Alomar, Lose Maddux in Free Agency

Padres Sign Alomar to 5-year free agent deal; Maddux returns to Cubs on 4-year contract



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Padres Trade Klesko, Boone for Maddux, Garland

Monday -- January 29th, 2001

Back So Soon?
Cubs trade Maddux back to Padres one month after signing



SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In a stunning off-season twist, the San Diego Padres have reacquired Greg Maddux from the Chicago Cubs in a seven-player swap that will send Ryan Klesko and Bret Boone to the Windy City. The Padres also receive pitcher Jon Garland for a trio of minor leaguers.

"We just couldn't stand the thought of losing Maddux," San Diego GM Jack McKeon said. "When Joan Kroc gave us the thumbs up to increase our payroll, I started talking to the Cubs, and luckily Greg signed off on it."

As part of the deal, the Cubs agreed to pay 35% of Maddux's new $12.8 million salary. With 270 lifetime wins, it also means that Maddux will get the chance to win his 300th career game in a Padre uniform.

"San Diego was so professional throughout the entire process," Maddux said. "Even when I told them that I was going to be signing with the Cubs, they wished me nothing but the best. I think this is a win-win for everyone."

The Padres had been holding on to Boone as a fail safe if the team were to lose Roberto Alomar in free agency, but when they inked Alomar to a new contract, the utility infielder became expendable. The trade of Klesko will thrust Derrek Lee into a long-awaited starting role at first base for San Diego.
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Hoffman Gets Save #300

Sunday -- May 20th, 2001

Hoffman Saves 300th Career Game


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Alomar Gets 2500th Hit

August 8th, 2001

Alomar Gets 2,500th Career Hit

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A long overdue update

In an effort to deliver the ending I promised to this dynasty -- while at the same time moving on to greener pastures in OOTP XX -- I will be playing to the end of the careers of Tony Gwynn, Roberto Alomar, and Sandy Alomar. But because it's unfeasible to both sim until the end of their careers and give lengthy recaps of each season, brevity will be the key as I tell the stories of that trio, and the San Diego Padres.

I hope you understand, and I hope you enjoy...
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So long, Piazza -- and Gwynn Braces for Retirement

November 21, 2001

Unfortunately we came up short yet again in our efforts to bring another World Series trophy to San Diego. We were knocked out of the first round of the NL playoffs by the Atlanta Braves, sending us into the cold, bitter offseason with many question marks.

Tony Gwynn has faded into obscurity as a lightly-used pinch-hitter and has announced that the 2002 season will be his last. Though I would love to spend freely and put together a team for the ages to help Mr. Padre go out on top, our roster is not built for that. In fact, it's quite the contrary.

I had to rid myself of Kevin Brown's $13.7 million salary in order to afford to re-sign Gary Sheffield. So I traded Brownie to the Dodgers for a song. It was one or the other, and I chose offense over pitching. That helped counter-act the departure of - gasp - Mike Piazza, who I traded to Oakland for fellow catcher Ramon Hernandez and minor league prospect Fernando Rodney.

The trade of Piazza was a necessary one. He was entering the final year of his contract, and will command an annual salary north of $15 million after the season. That's just too much money for a catcher nearing the twilight of his career. Even if he's coming off a .293 season with 41 home runs. Piazza leaves San Diego with a .331 lifetime batting average, tied with Stan Musial for 31st in MLB history and 409 home runs (36th all-time), along with back-to-back NL MVP Awards (1994, 1995), five Gold Gloves, 11 All-Star selections, and two World Series rings.

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Winning it all for Mr. Padre

October 27th, 2002

Honestly, I didn't see this one coming. Despite routinely winning the NL West and going to the playoffs, we hadn't won a World Series since 1999, and this was our least talented team in at least a decade. So of course we win it all!

Despite an offense that ranked a relatively meager 6th in runs scored in the National League, and a defense that ranked 9th, the Padres rode a deep rotation anchored by rising star Jake Peavy (12-9, 2.49 ERA) and a pair of 18-game winners Matt Clement (18-9, 3.54) and Brian Lawrence (18-6, 3.37).

But, of course, this was all about Tony. Despite registering just 15 official at-bats, the 2002 was the Tony Gwynn retirement tour around Major League Baseball. Though he didn't get to play in the postseason, cameras captured tears running down his face in the dugout as the Padres stormed the field in Toronto as San Diego took Game 5 of the World Series against the Blue Jays. His #19 will be retired at Jack Murphy Stadium on Opening Day, 2003, as the team is presented its World Series rings.

Tony Gwynn leaves the game of baseball with 3,364 base hits (9th all-time), a .334 lifetime batting average (tied for 24th), four NL batting crowns, 1577 runs scored (42nd), 596 doubles (14th), 368 stolen bases (97th), four Gold Gloves, 7 All-Star Game appearances, and four World Series rings. There will never be another one like "Mr. Padre."
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Maddux Wins 300 and Strikes Out 3000, Brown Joins McGriff and Wells in Retirement

2003 Season Recap

First off, the good news. Greg Maddux reached both the 300 win and 3,000 strikeout milestone, all within the same season. Even at the age of 37, he's proven to be a quality Major League starter, winning 15 games and posting a respectable 3.99 ERA in 2003. Maddux was surpassed in the rotation by our new ace, Greg Peavy, who went 20-10 with a 2.74 ERA and 246 strikeouts in his second full MLB season. But still, we know that collectively we're in a slow decline. Teams like Houston and Florida are fast becoming the teams to beat in the National League, and they both proved it. The Astros won 110 games in the regular season, and the Marlins made quick work of anyone in their path in the postseason, dispatching our NL West champion Padres (90-72 in the regular season) in 4 games in the NLDS, the Astros in six games in the NLCS, and a clean sweep of the Texas Rangers in the World Series.

Kevin Brown announced his retirement after the season, as did another of our "founding three," Sandy Alomar Jr.

Brown's #54 was immediately retired alongside Tony Gwynn's #19, as well as two more recent honorees, Fred McGriff (#27) and David Wells (#36). All should make quality candidates for Cooperstown.
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Remembering Sandy Alomar Jr.

Sandy Alomar's career never really materialized in San Diego after a very promising start. 1993 was his last season as a full-time starting catcher for the Padres, setting career-best's with a .315 batting average, 14 home runs, 85 RBI, and 31 doubles, finishing with a WAR or 5.0. Of course, his disappearance coincided with the arrival of Mike Piazza, who immediately become a perennial MVP for us in 1994.

Do I feel bad that Sandy was relegated to a backup role while in the prime of his career at the age of 27? A little bit. But he won four World Series rings, and three of those were thanks in large part to Piazza. Alomar still finished his 15-year MLB career with 1,074 hits. His retirement leaves little brother Robbie as the last man standing in our "Remember the Alomars" dynasty thread.
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I remember watching them play together several times while they where in the monor leagues with the Wichita Pilots. They were good!!! I remember one game where their manager (Kelly) got mad at the umpires and threw out a box of balls on the field and was in meltdown mode arguing with the umpires. From where I was sitting I could see into the dugout and Roberto was laying on his side laughing hysterically.. I was laughing too.
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That's All, Folks!

After 17 years, it's time to say goodbye to "Remember the Alomars."

I wish I could tell you our beloved Padres went out on top with one more World Series title, but we lost an extra-inning Game 5 to the hated Braves in the NLDS. I wish I could tell you Roberto Alomar finished his career with 3,000 hits, but Robbie decided to hang up the spikes a scant 27 hits shy of that magical milestone.

And so ends a fun little run that saw the San Diego Padres win four World Championships (1991, 1998, 1999, 2002) and five retired numbers (#12 Roberto Alomar, #19 Tony Gwynn, #27 Fred McGriff, #36 David Wells, #54 Kevin Brown). I'm picturing Jake Peavy gunning for another Cy Young Award after winning the pitcher's triple crown in 2004 (24-6, 1.94 ERA, 331 strikeouts) and Gary Sheffield chasing 500 homers and 3,000 hits (477 HR, 2797 hits currently). And, of course, our guy Jack McKeon taking a drag off of his cigar watching it all from the owner's box.

A big thank you to everyone who read and supported this little dynastic run. Though I'm not a Padre fan, I've grown somewhat attached to this team and really enjoyed seeing the careers of Tony, Robbie, and Sandy unfold. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

I have some new crazy ideas in my head about what's in store my next dynastic thread, whether that's taking over an MLB expansion team in the 2020's, or trying my hand with a small independent league. The great thing about OOTP is... there's always tomorrow.
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