With Nevin and Hoffman out where do the Fathers stand in there ability to compete in the NLW. Does this doom them to another year in the celler?
Yes. Everyone has upgraded while the Padres are downgraded thanks to the injuries. I think we'll be surprising a lot of people in '04 and '05 though. We have a ton of good young players (Burroughs, entire rotation) as well as a ton of prospects (Nady, Bozied, Greene, Phillips, Bynum, Gautreau, etc). Not to mention we'll be moving into a new stadium and most likely make one or two decent free agent acquisitions to give these guys more time to mature. The future is bright