Grass is green, water is blue, and a team executive is pinning blame on the players for his team’s shortcomings. Per Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler blamed the players — since shipped out — for the team’s shortcomings.
The Padres addressed ticket holders in a “town hall” type of meeting at Petco Park on Wednesday night. Fowler said, “I’ll be damned if we’re going to pay high-priced talent to sit on their butts and not perform.” He continued, discussing the Padres’ recent flurry of moves, “We made a conscious decision to ship them out because we want people that are prepared to improve. If you’re making a lot of money and you think you’re already there, you’re not going to get better.”
Fowler then criticized outfielder Matt Kemp‘s recent column in The Players’ Tribune in which he took responsibility for not living up to expectations. Kemp wrote, “[…] I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I had begun to lose some of my love for the game. In so many ways, I got sidetracked from what I loved most about playing the game of baseball — having fun. I let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships tarnish the reputation I had worked so hard to establish. Sadly, I gained a reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate.”
Fowler said, “They had a bad attitude. You saw Kemp’s letter. Talk about a bunch of B.S.” He added, “Most of ’em are gone, thank God.”
Unsurprisingly, Fowler didn’t seem to have any criticism for those responsible for bringing the players to the Padres in the first place. He only said, “That was a bad experiment. The chemistry wasn’t there. But we took a run at it.”