2022 San Diego Padres
2022 San Diego Padres / Franchise: San Diego Padres / BR Team Page
Managed by Bob Melvin
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2022 San Diego Padres were coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in team history, as the 2021 edition of the team was expected to battle the Los Angeles Dodgers down to the wire, but after playing well in the first half, completely collapsed down the stretch, finishing well out of a postseason slot. That cost manager Jayce Tingler his job, and he was replaced by one of the most experienced and well-respected skippers in the game in Bob Melvin, who left the Oakland Athletics to join the Friars.
Until 2021, the Padres were known for their inability to have any pitcher throw a no-hitter for them, a curse that was broken by Joe Musgrove that April but that was often blamed on a decision by their first-ever manager, Preston Gomez, to pull Clay Kirby from a game while he was pitching a no-no way back in 1970. Well, in his first two games as the Padres's manager, Melvin was faced with that decision twice: on Opening Day, April 7th, Yu Darvish was perfect through 6 innings, but was replaced, and on April 8th, Sean Manaea went one inning better, with 7 hitless innings before giving way. Both games were against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and while the Padres lost the opener when newly-minted closer Robert Suárez imploded in the 9th, they won the second game, 3-0. There was no huge controversy in either case, however, as teams were coming out of an abbreviated spring training, meaning that both pitchers had clearly reached their pitch count limit of 80 or so when they were taken out. It was particularly important not to play games with Manaea's health, given the Padres had paid a steep price to acquire him, giving up two top prospects to wrest him from the Athletics that spring.
On April 19th, the Padres became the first team to announce a deal with a sponsor to place ads on their uniforms. The Motorola logo will adorn the right or left sleeves of Padres jerseys beginning in 2023, the handedness of the wearer determining which sleeve in order to maximize exposure to cameras. All other teams were expected to follow suit in short order.
On June 16th, after completing a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Padres found themselved alone in first place in the NL West at the latest date since the 2010 season. In the final game of the series, Musgrove tossed his 12th straight quality start since the beginning of the season, something no one had done since Corey Kluber in 2018.
Awards and Honors
- Ronald Blum (Associated Press): "Padres 1st MLB team to reach uniform ad deal, with Motorola", Yahoo! News, April 19, 2022. 
- AJ Cassavell: "As Padres and Melvin seek first title, a perfect marriage", mlb.com, April 6, 2022. 
- AJ Cassavell: "No second thoughts from Melvin after lifting 2 pitchers amid no-hitters", mlb.com, April 9, 2022. 
- AJ Cassavell: "A first for SD since 2010: 1st place alone in mid-June: June 16th, 2022", mlb.com, June 16, 2022. 
- Bernie Wilson (Associated Press): "Padres start season with electrifying Tatis sidelined", Yahoo! News, March 30, 2022.