San Diego Padres Bench Players 2011: Riding the Pine

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San Diego Padres Bench Players 2011: Riding the Pine
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A team is only as good as the last player on the bench.

The Padres bench in 2010 was good, but there was room for improvement.

Gone are the likes of Scott and Jerry Hairston, Matt Stairs, Yorvit Torrealba and probably Oscar Salazar. This is not a bad thing; after all, the Padres have Mark Loretta, Brad Ausmus and Trevor Hoffman back...

What? Retired? All of 'em? When? Dang it.

Loretta was rolling for me in fantasy when he was a Padre a few years back; then he broke his wrist and screwed me over at second base for the rest of the season.

So who is going to be coming off the San Diego bench ready to pillage and plunder the late innings?

Let me look into the Padres future, and we will see how close I come to the actual bench that emerges from spring training here in 2011. As always, take future predictions with a full glass of water...

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