The San Diego Padres are a team that is really dependent on one single player these days in Chase Headley. San Diego has done something this offseason that is only going to make Headley an even better player. The Padres have brought the fences in some at Petco Park, which should allow Headley the opportunity to hit even more home runs than he did in 2012.
Headley finished with 31 home runs with 115 RBI which were career-highs. The fact that the team is bringing the fences in could allow those long fly balls that seem to die in the power alleys in San Diego to finally get out. It seems to me that Major League Baseball wants to see more home runs hit than duels between star pitchers who pitch to the conditions. I’m glad that San Diego is doing this because the Padres are a team that needs more offense and Headley is the one player right now who can do that consistently for the team.
Even with the return of Carlos Quentin, Headley is going to be the star of the 2013 Padres. They may not finish higher than third place or have more than 75 wins but the fans should come out to see the development of Headley. I know that fans aren’t going to come out for just one player unless he could hit a home run every time he is up but there is a solid baseball tradition in San Diego that exists. Headley could easily become the next big thing for the fans in Southern California.