Found October 12, 2011 on 6-4-2: Double Play Blog:
Padres blogger Woe, Doctor has a fascinating look at Buddy Black's tenure as Padres manager, as well as giving voice to a rumor I have heard elsewhere, that the Angels might be looking at him as a possible GM candidate. They could do worse, I imagine, but his prime asset is his stoicism: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to,” Padres CEO Jeff Moorad said Wednesday. “He’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as well as the long term.” And, while it might be speculation on his part, Tim Sullivan revealed what he believed is Black’s greatest strength – his silence: With two years remaining on his Padres’ contract, and two more years of club options thereafter, Black already has more job security than most major league managers. Though his hiring predates both Moorad’s and Hoyer’s arrivals at PETCO Park, Black is not some holdover desperate to hang on, but a low-maintenance leader who never complains about payroll, ballpark dimensions or decisions m...

Padres Should Make Catching Upgrade a Priority

To say the least, the Padres will have an interesting off-season in 2011. While it is impossible to project next year’s roster today (knowing it’s possible that there could be many moves), we can look at potential candidates looking ahead. The catching position is very interesting. Nick Hundley had been given the starting job (which I was in favor of in the very beginning)...

Padres AZL Daily Farm Round-Up 10/11/11

The Padres have sent some young studs to the prospect heavy Arizona Fall League in 2011.  The Padres players will be playing on the Peoria Javelinas (a pig).  Check back daily for updates on the Padres future stars. Padres on the Peoria Javelinas: Recap from 10/11/11 Phoenix 2 - Peoria 3 Pitchers Anthony Bass - OFF Jeff Ibarra - OFF Miles Mikolas - 1 IP, 1H,...

Padres confirm making offer to RP Bell

The San Diego Padres have made overtures to free-agent reliever Heath Bell.Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday the club would like to retain the services of the veteran right-hander, though he did not reveal any specifics about the contract offers.Bell is expected to generate plenty of interest should he test the open market. The 34-year-old recorded 43 saves to go along...

Padres Interviews: Chase Headley

Chase Headley has been a fixture on the Padres since 2008, a slick fielding, switch hitting third baseman.  Chase was on pace to have the best offensive year of his career in 2011 and merited All Star consideration.  Most fans associate third base as a power position, but in this day and age, you don't have very many Alex Rodriguez and Evan Longoria types.  Those players...

Padres to decline options on Hawpe and Qualls

The San Diego Padres will decline the club options on Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls, according to GM Jed Hoyer (via Marty Caswell of XX1090).  The team is also internally discussing the future of Aaron Harang with the club.

Padres Winter Ball Round-Up 10/12/11

The Padres have sent some young studs to the prospect heavy Arizona Fall League in 2011.  The Padres players will be playing on the Peoria Javelinas (a pig).  Check back daily for updates on the Padres future stars. Padres on the Peoria Javelinas: Recap from 10/12/11 Peoria 6 - Mesa 2 Pitchers   Anthony Bass - Win, 4 IP, 3H, 2ER, 3K ,1 BB 58 pitches (36 strikes...

Offseason Outlook: San Diego Padres

Prepare for another offseason of short-term free agent deals from the Padres in their attempt to stop the bleeding on a perennially lousy offense.  The Friars also have more bullpen patchwork ahead than usual. Guaranteed Contracts Jason Bartlett, SS: $7MM through 2012, unless 2013 option vests Orlando Hudson, 2B: $7.5MM through 2012 Contractual Options Aaron...

Hamren confident Sweden will be focused

Sweden coach Erik Hamren is confident his players will remain focused on their match against Holland, despite knowing results elsewhere could decide whether or not they qualify automatically for Euro 2012. The Dutch have already booked their ticket to Poland and Ukraine next summer as Group E winners, while Sweden are certain to finish second. That means Hamren's side are already...

Padres Declining Qualls, Hawpe Options; Undecided On Harang

The Padres will be declining the $6MM options for Chad Qualls and Brad Hawpe for next season.  GM Jed Hoyer broke the news during a radio appearance on XX1090's The Darren Smith Show (Twitter link from producer Marty Caswell).  Hoyer also said the team was still mulling over whether or not to pick up its side of Aaron Harang's $5MM mutual option for next season.

Beltran, Keppinger and Cabrera- Together Again

Tonight’s lineup against the San Diego Padres tonight will consist of the three newly acquired Giants from the end of July. @hankschulman Lineup: Cabrera SS, Keppinger 2B, Beltran RF, Sandoval 3B, Huff 1B, Ross CF, Belt LF, Stewart C, Lincecum P. Giants Beat writer Hank Schulman posting that lineup today, and boy-oh-boy, does it look good.…

Padres' duo impressive in instructional league

The Padres won't be gun-shy about throwing 19-year-old catcher Austin Hedges into the heat of competition in 2012, not after the way that he performed recently during the team's instructional league.

O-Dog brings big personality back to Network

Orlando Hudson makes a statement most everywhere he goes, and his love of talking to people and sharing views is why MLB Network brought him back for a sequel to last year's two-day LCS studio stint.
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