Almost three decades ago, when Tim Flannery and Jerry Royster platooned at second for the Padres, the combined player became known as Timry Flanster. Fast forward to the present Padres and the right field combination of Will Venable and Chris Denorfia. Denable? Or Venorefia? “I don’t want to go there,” Denorfia laughed yesterday as he discussed what looks to be a third full season of sharing right field with Venable. Although, Bud Black stops short of calling his right field tandem a platoon. “It’s still sort of evolving,” the Padres manager said Monday. “I don’t want to call it a traditional platoon. We weigh trends. We’ll go with the hot hand. It’s not a platoon all the time.” But when the Padres’ brass crush the numbers in right field around baseball, they like to say “their platoon” of Venable and Denorfia ranks among the top third of all right fields in the major leagues. They have the numbers to prove it.
Denable/Venorfia RF platoon benefitting Padres
San Diego Union-Tribune | Feb 26