SAN FRANCISCO -- Seth Smith had two hits again Tuesday in the Padres' 7-2 victory over the Giants, which is becoming a very familiar occurrence for the San Diego outfielder.
Smith went into Wednesday's series finale with the Giants with 63 hits, trailing only Everth Cabrera (69) for the team lead.
Better still, Smith has a .294 average with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in his first season with the Padres and has easily been the best offensive player on a team that has struggled to score runs.
"Seth has been swinging pretty good all year long," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Will it be enough to make him a Padres representative at next month's All-Star Game? Smith isn't on the ballot, so he'll need a lot of help.
It's not too late to make a push for the Padres on the National League ballot.
San Diego players on the ballot include shortstop Cabrera, first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielders Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
For now, Padres to 'divide and conquer' to fill GM role
SAN FRANCISCO -- There are now defined roles and responsibilities for the three men who will split the Padres' general manager duties -- A.J. Hinch, Omar Minaya and Fred Uhlman Jr.
San Diego team president and CEO Mike Dee said late Tuesday that Hinch, who is currently the assistant general manager, will handle the day-to-day watch of the big league club, including contact with manager Bud Black and discussions with other teams on the trade front.
The Padres will lean on these three after dismissing general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday.
"It's divide and conquer," Dee said following the Padres' 7-2 victory over the Giants on Tuesday.
Minaya, the senior vice president of baseball operations, will work in various aspects of the team and will, as Dee said, "provide an extra set of eyes." Minaya and the assistant general manager of player personnel, Chad MacDonald, will spearhead the team's international efforts.
Uhlman Jr., the longest tenured member of the front office, will work with assistant general manager Josh Stein on finance issues and player movement.
"All three will have a voice in everything," Dee said. "... My role is to try and drive them and build a consensus and create a collaborative environment."
For Hinch, this isn't a radical departure from what he was already doing.
"I'm comfortable being around the Major League team and, working with Buddy, talking with other teams," Hinch said Wednesday.
"This will function the way it's supposed to function, with collaboration from everyone. I think that it's important to work and function with the best interest of the organization in mind."
As for finding a replacement for Byrnes, the team has a list of candidates with varied experience. The team will interview former Marlins general manager and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest on Friday.
"There is a strong array of candidates who will be appealing for different reasons," Dee said. "Each brings a different strength and perspective."
The Padres are past the process of identifying candidates, a list that will include Mike Hazen (Red Sox), Billy Eppler (Yankees), Thad Levine (Rangers), David Forst (A's), Mike Girsch (Cardinals) and Jason McLeod (Cubs).
Ron Fowler, the executive chairman of the team, said the Padres will also interview Hinch and Minaya if they're interested.