Tom Krasovic: This year’s Padres can draw hope from ’96 team that weathered an even bigger slump

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

For A.J. Preller, Bob Melvin and a star-laden Padres offense, the past serves up hope. Let’s visit the the Padres’ doldrums of June 1996, fellas. Go to downtown Chicago. See manager Bruce Bochy, pained by yet another defeat. Walking near Lake Michigan, he muses to a Padres colleague that Larry Lucchino will fire him if the team doesn’t pull out of its free fall. Go to visiting clubhouses or the GM’s box at Qualcomm Stadium where Kevin Towers, just eight months on the job, is running out of patience. The former Triple-A pitcher decides the hitting lineup needs more length. He will discuss a tra…

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