SAN DIEGO — Padres baseball branded a resonating impact on the abbreviated 2020 MLB season after transcending the club from a small ball squad to 'Grand Slam Diego.’
Amid getting swept by Los Angeles in the National League Divisional Series, the Friars gave San Diego fans their first legitimate post season run in over a decade.
Under the reigns of first year Head Coach Jayce Tingler, in 2020, the Padres revived the dormant culture of fall baseball for America's Finest City by dominating the regular season and going toe-to-toe with the mighty Dodgers in the NLDS.
The score book's 3-0 sweep is falsely indicative of the genuine competitiveness the series between SD and LA displayed.
A Cody Bellinger jack snatch at the wall in Game 2 and a first base throwing error in Game 1 changed the dynamic of the series. The first two games came down to the wire and the roof just caved in for the Pads' near the end of Game 3.
Tingler utilized various mid-season transactions to acquire beefier bats with the additions of Mitch Moreland, Tommy Pham, and Austin Nola to supplement the already potent line up of Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Will Myer, Eric Hosmer, and company.
Pitching may have been the Friars’ Achilles heel as San Diego's two aces, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, pitched for a combined inning in the post season due to injury.
Even hobbled, the Padres found bright spots on the diamond to maintain the Friar faithful.
Jake Cronenworth, SD's utility kid, earned National League Rookie of the Year honors and Tatis was in the MVP race for the majority of the season.
The Padres are a young team that displayed their fire power in 2020 and appear to be a few minor alterations away from being a consistent post season threat.
Tatis took to twitter to reach out to Padre fans (translated from Spanish).
"To all Padres fans, I promise this is just the beginning. It was great to see the fans and players to unite for a common cause — Padre baseball. We'll be back a will continue to make the City of San Diego proud of Padre baseball."