Ron Fowler finally got something right by calling the Padres “Miserable Failures”

Posted: 06/03/2016 in baseball
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This year’s edition of the San Diego Padres isn’t very good. No surprise there.

The only stunner is just how awful they are. They are a really, really poor baseball team.

But at least we now have a way to forever refer to them and we have Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler to thank.

These Padres are now known as the “Miserable Failures.” … #MiserableFailures if you are on social media. (Hey, even worked the term into Friday’s preview —

Fowler accurately described the team as miserable failures during his already infamous rant during a radio interview on Wednesday.

Fowler said the team’s 1-7 road trip was “pathetic” and “embarrassing” but nothing describes the state of the franchise better than the person signing the paychecks referring to the employees as “miserable failures.”

The Padres forgot that they are now the “Miserable Failures” for a 14-inning span as they drubbed the Seattle Mariners 14-6 on Wednesday and built a 12-2 lead after five innings on Thursday.

But yeah, nothing comfortable about a 10-run lead when ownership has let you know that you are pathetic. So the Miserable Failures collapsed like a teepee in a tornado and lost the contest 16-13.

The blown 10-run lead is the largest in Padres’ history. Also ranks as the biggest comeback victory in Mariners’ history.

Can’t wait to hear what Fowler says on the radio on Friday.

Fowler also went on about how “this baseball experience has been very frustrating, very embarrassing.”

Well, of course it has been. Fowler is one of those guys who has been part of the San Diego sports landscape simply because he is rich.

I first met him when he was chairman of the ballpark task force when the Padres were searching for a new home. He also was the host committee chairman for Super Bowl XXXVII.

There is nothing about his pedigree that suggests he should be running a major-league baseball team. Nothing.

And you can see that in what has gone on the past few years. The Padres, under current ownership, have no definitive plan.

Prior to the 2015 season, the club went on an absurd spending spree under new general manager A.J. Preller that seemed to fit some square pegs into round holes.

High-priced outfielder Justin Upton left as a free agent after the season and the club traded closer Craig Kimbrel for a bunch of minor leaguers one year after stealing him from the Atlanta Braves.

Still hanging out is outfielder Matt Kemp and overpaid starting pitcher James Shields. The latter serves no use for an organization as bad as this one.

Shields was pounded for 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings by Seattle on Tuesday, helping prompt Fowler’s rant.

Teams interested in trading for Shields laughed inside as Fowler reduced the pitcher’s trade value with his strong comments.

“To have a starter like Shields perform as poorly as he did yesterday is an embarrassment to the team, an embarrassment to him,” Fowler said Wednesday.

Fowler forgot to use the word miserable in his assessment of Shields.

After Thursday’s on-field meltdown, it might have been the right time for Fowler to try to equal the all-time famous rant of former owner Ray Kroc in 1974.

As the Padres were in the process of being outscored 25-2 while losing the first three games of the season, Kroc grabbed the public address system microphone and said in part “I’ve never seen such stupid ball-playing in my life.”

Those Padres were dreadful and were outscored 52-9 over their first six games. But they never were called “miserable failures.”

At least we now have a name to call the current dismal clowns on the club.

And think about it, Wednesday’s tirade was the first time overmatched Ron Fowler has assessed anything correctly during his woeful tenure.

“Miserable Failures” truly fits.


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