Found February 19, 2012 on Friarhood:
  Today is finally the official first day of spring training. Pitchers and catchers report today, while players are not required to report till Friday. Team workouts begin around that time as well. Following workouts and drills and what have you, the games will begin. Then before you know it April 5th will be here and your San Diego Padres will be taking on the hated Los Angeles Dodgers. Exciting times are here and ahead my friends, I can’t wait for it all to go forward with a full head of steam. Here are your Padres links for today: Submit articles and follow me on twitterFollow @M_Rennick   Retooled Padres ready to roll – “There might be more than just a few introductory handshakes on Sunday as these Padres hardly resemble the team that ended last season at 71-91 and in last place in the National League West.” Corey Brock tells us what is going on during day one – Follow The Padres “Everyone is here on time, according to manager Bud Black. It doesn’t appear an...

Padres 5x5 2012 Prospect Rankings

The Padres have one of the best systems in all of baseball. If you are looking for pitching, they've got some of that. If up the middle fielders are more your thing, well, they have those too. Then again, if you are the type that likes corner guys that can hit, they've got that covered too. There is a ton of depth here. If ten prospect hounds were tasked with compiling...

Familiar faces welcome Owings to Padres

When new Padres reliever Micah Owings was traded to the Reds in 2008, he essentially walked into a clubhouse that was filled with strangers. That's not the case this spring as Owings has found more than just a few friendly and familiar faces in the Padres' clubhouse in Peoria.

Q&A with Padres manager Bud Black

Spring training starts with the usual amount of optimism.

Daily Friar 2.20.12

Pitchers and catchers have started working out today. All over the internet I have seen pictures and videos of arms being loosened up and legs being stretched. It's a great sight to see all these guys getting ready for the upcoming season. As of right now only pitchers and catchers are required to be at camp. However, there are position players showing up as well, which is always...

Thatcher hoping shoulder woes behind him

This spring, Padres reliever Joe Thatcher has his eye on a clean bill of health from the start of camp to the finish, as his surgically repaired left shoulder -- a procedure done last May -- has responded well to early work.

MadFriars’ Off-Season: Vince Belnome

Vince Belnome, 23, was taken as a twenty-eighth round pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2009 draft despite compiling a .388/.477/.573 career line at West Virginia as a teammate of Padres’ top prospect third baseman Jedd Gyorko.

LoMo? No. LoSythe? Yes.

There’s a player by the name of Logan Morrison down in Miami (still getting used to that team name) who’s garnering plenty of attention and for good reason. In six minor league seasons, Morrison hit: .290/.381/.464 (.845 OPS). This past season, his first full big league season, Morrison put up: .247/.330/.468 (.798 OPS). He walked 10.3% of the time, struck out 18.9%, and slugged...

Daily Friar 2.18.12

You would think that after writing this every day since October that I would know the date from day to day by now. Nope. Yesterday just after submitting the article I had to sign a paper and date it. I had to ask what the date was, even though I put the date in every title. It's right there in front of me. Anyways there is an important date coming up very soon. When I say very...

Padres get first look at pitchers in action

The first workout of spring went off without a hitch Monday, as manager Bud Black and his staff -- as well as several front-office folks -- watched pitchers throw off the mound for the first time.
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