SAN DIEGO –Jim Miller has set the bar high — World Series high — for the Padres
Miller was hired as General Manager of the San Diego Padres on Saturday. He comes to the Padres after a five-year stint with the Chicago Cubs where he developed a reputation as a hard-working, hard-charging scouting and player development executive with extensive international scouting experience, particularly in Latin America. Chicago Cub President of Operations wonderboy Theo Epstein hired Miller in Chicago shortly after taking over in 2011. Epstein, who spent time with the San Diego Padres said, “Jim Miller is the perfect fit for that organization and will bring a winner to San Diego, sooner than later.” It is rumored that Epstein, who served as Director of Player Development in San Diego from 1999-2001 was grooming Miller for a General Manager role and had been in talks personally with San Diego on behalf of Miller.
Miller said at his introductory press conference that it was “intriguing to me that the Padres have had some tremendous players over their history, some All-Stars, some Hall of Fame players, some good clubs, but have never won a World Series.” Miller created a buzz by concluding his press conference when he said, “I promise the Padre fans a World Series winner in San Diego in the near future.” When asked about the bold prediction, Padres owner Ron Fowler said, “He [Miller] exudes confidence and he has a plan…that’s why we hired him.”
The Padres played in the World Series in 1984 and 1998 and lost both times. Since 1998, they’ve been to the playoffs only twice, when they won the National League West title in 2005 and 2006. They were swept by St. Louis in the playoffs in 2005 and won just one game in the postseason the following year.
Since then, they’ve had only two winning seasons.