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Padres owner Ron Fowler says ‘heads will roll’ if team doesn’t win in 2020, including his own

The San Diego Padres had high hopes heading into the 2019 season after signing Manny Machado to a $300 million deal and promoting uber prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Maybe they didn’t think they’d be a playoff team, but they’d at least stay in the hunt until August.

After starting 11-5 and entering the All-Star break at 45-45, that looked possible, but a slow second half left them in the basement of the NL West at 70-92. That was still a four-win improvement over 2018 but not enough for owner Ron Fowler.

“If we don’t win in 2020, heads will roll,” Fowler told reporters on Monday, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Mine will be the first one.

“We had expectations that were higher than that,” he said later. “And we played .500 baseball up to the All-Star Game, and we played (25-47) after that. We might have been the worst team in baseball after the break. I haven’t checked. It’s embarrassing.”

You know, it would be quite something if a baseball team owner did such a thing in the Gaslamp Quarter, especially if there were conventions in town…..

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. wjones Posted: October 02, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5885388)
"Off with my head!"

Owner fires himself; that would be interesting.
   2. Cris E Posted: October 02, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5885407)
So what is he really saying here? If they lose next year what do we hear?
1 "I'm selling."
2 "I'm going to stop participating in any/all baseball decisions."
3 "I'm just posturing for the media and am not to be taken seriously."

I have a guess...
   3. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5885413)
He will hold himself accountable by firing AJ Preller if things go poorly.
   4. Cris E Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5885415)
*snort*

"AJ's my man, and here's his head."
   5. Sweatpants Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5885425)
This is a terrible thing for the Padres.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5885440)
This is a terrible thing for the Padres.
Golf clap.
   7. cookiedabookie Posted: October 02, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5885475)
Hire Dusty Baker. Dude just wins.
   8. phredbird Posted: October 02, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5885481)

my best buddy is a padres fan.

when they played the cards this year in san diego we met up there, it was just before the all star break.

the cards played terrible, dropped two out of three and only won one game because of a lucky matt wieters home run.

at the all star break i noticed that both teams were right at .500, so i made a bet with him: whichever team has the best record at the end of the season, the loser has to visit the winner.

heh.

i think if we bet next year i might have to spot him some games. but ... youneverknow.
   9. caspian88 Posted: October 02, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5885487)
San Diego is the team I have the biggest blind spot for - it takes me longer to remember that San Diego has a team than any other city.

I've lived in California my whole life.
   10. DFA Posted: October 02, 2019 at 03:10 PM (#5885526)
#8, I would personally rather visit San Diego in the winter than St. Louis?
   11. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 02, 2019 at 03:19 PM (#5885530)
San Diego must have three sports talk shows, but now only one pro team.

I tune in from LA every once in a while and am amused they actually can make a three hour show out of San Diego State football talk.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: October 02, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5885558)
Also if his head is the first to roll, who's gonna make the other heads roll? This is like Executioner 101 stuff, you lop off all the other heads first, then your own.
   13. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: October 02, 2019 at 04:22 PM (#5885569)
I suppose a really sharp guillotine could take care of several heads at once.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 04:35 PM (#5885573)

Also if his head is the first to roll, who's gonna make the other heads roll? This is like Executioner 101 stuff, you lop off all the other heads first, then your own.

Guillotine dominoes: Fowler puts his head in the guillotine. He holds a string connected to the lever on another guillotine between his teeth. Beneath the blade of that guillotine rests AJ Preller's head, holding another string between his teeth...and so on.
   15. flournoy Posted: October 02, 2019 at 04:58 PM (#5885590)
Better if you can make the heads roll through chutes that trigger the guillotines by way of buttons and catapults and such.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: October 02, 2019 at 09:18 PM (#5885690)
Fair point, the Rube Goldberg guillotine machine could work. We need some boots and more Mousetrap style complications to make it really fun though.

Or make it a Ninja Warrior competition with buzzsaws, alligators, etc. when you fall off. If anybody makes it through the course, they get the privilege of being executed last. MLB will have the sports bookies put together a line.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: October 02, 2019 at 09:29 PM (#5885703)
I suppose a really sharp guillotine could take care of several heads at once.

I once had tiny field mice in my house (out in the country, relatively speaking).

The cats enjoyed them. I caught one, and he was the spitting image of Stuart Little.
I walked him all the way down a steep hill, figuring he wouldn't live long enough to make it back to the top.

then we found droppings in the kitchen cabinets - and, well, that crossed a line.

I got a mouse trap that recommended a dollop of peanut butter.
next day, 1 victim.
same thing for 5 more days.
on the 7th day, I found TWO victims - and started to wonder what I was up against.

on the 8th day, the mice rested.

or more likely, I killed them all. never had one again.
   18. Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:17 PM (#5885764)
We're really getting far afield, but anyway when I was preparing my father's house for sale I noticed signs in the kitchen that he had a mouse (or two). I got a pair of those black sticky mouse traps and placed a portion of chocolate chip cookie in the middle of each one night. About 15 minutes later I heard a racket from the kitchen and found not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 little mousies stuck to it. It seemed a tad bit cruel, but then I realized that they had been feasting and crapping in my Dad's kitchen long enough so to hell with 'em. VERY effective mouse traps.

Back to the topic at hand: the Padres could make mint by selling tickets to the beheading(s) held at Petco Park (or whatever it's called this week).
   19. phredbird Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:50 AM (#5885786)

#8, I would personally rather visit San Diego in the winter than St. Louis?


oh. sorry. i live in CA, he lives in FL.

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