Found March 05, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
PEORIA, Ariz. -- For professional athletes, playing for the hometown team can be a very special thing. It comes with the chance to play in front of family and friends in a familiar setting. But it also opens the door to distractions such as ticket requests and obligations to entertain ballpark visitors. Carlos Quentin isn't concerned about those responsibilities. After being traded to his hometown San Diego Padres this winter, the slugging outfielder is embracing the homecoming and worrying little about any of the pressure that might come with it. "I think for any professional athlete, getting the opportunity to play in their hometown is something that they embrace and can only dream of," Quentin said. "It's a rare opportunity to receive, and I'm excited about it." Quentin has spent most of his professional offseasons in San Diego, where he starred at University of San Diego High School. He wasn't far from home when he was coming up through th...

PETCO hurts value of Alonso, Quentin

Projected lineup RF - Will Venable SS - Jason Bartlett 3B - Chase Headley LF - Carlos Quentin 1B - Yonder Alonso C - Nick Hundley CF - Cameron Maybin 2B - Orlando Hudson SP - Tim Stauffer SP - Cory Luebke SP - Edinson Volquez SP - Clayton Richard SP - Dustin Moseley CL - Huston Street Five things to think about: - PETCO is a pitcher's park, but it's a lot...

Daily Friar 3.6.12

The Padres lost again yesterday, but there are a lot of good things that came out of yesterdays game. That's a little teaser for what the first article below will tell you. The nice thing is the young guys have been leading the charge for the past couple games. You can clearly see that they are fighting to make the squad, and hoping that they do. The Padres play again today in...

Padres P Cashner lights up radar gun

Padres relief pitcher Andrew Cashner threw ten pitches last Sunday ranging from 100.5-103.3 mph—an impressive average of 102 mph per pitch.

A Different Top Ten Prospects List

Apparently the Padres have a really good group of prospects in their system; at least many of the pundits out there in the blogosphere who should know about those things seem to think so. Keith Law of ESPN recently ranked the Friars farm system #1 in all of baseball. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had this to say regarding the Padres system, “Not star-studded but loaded...

Show us you are “The Ultimate Padres Fan” to Win Opening Day Tickets!

We’re looking for the most dedicated Friarhood fans.  In this multi-round showdown,fans will vote for who best displays their Padres pride. (WIN THIS BALL ------>)   Ground Rules – Upload a photo(s) that shows us why you’re the ultimate Padres fan (pic of you at a game, with a player, show off your prized memorabilia, etc.).  Submit your photos to contests (AT) friarhood...

Daily Friar 3.4.12

  Here we go now. The first game is just under an hour away from starting. The Padres and Mariners are going to rehash their Vedder Cup rivalry. Now some people may be wondering what is the Vedder Cup? Well there is an article below that talks all about what it means. It's quite exciting actually, at least to me it is. I know most people won't be able to see the game...

Andrew Cashner is throwing the ball really hard

There are guys that can keep up with straight heat. Major League baseball players can turn around a 97MPH fastball when they are anticipating it. But what about 102MPH heater? San Diego Padres relief pitcher Andrew Cashner can do just that. In fact, PitchFX data had him averaging that (102.2 to be exact) over the 10 pitches he threw in his scoreless innings debut. For those wondering...

Random Athlete Of The Day- Eric Valent

  Former random MLB outfielder/first baseman Eric Valent is from La Mirada, CA, which is actually Spanish for “The View” or “The Glance” whichever you prefer.  Valent stayed in Cali for college and went to UCLA on teams stacked with Troy Glaus, Eric Byrnes, Chase Utley, and Garrett Atkins. Valent was actually one of the most promising out of the all-star bunch; he helped...

Daily Friar 3.5.12

The first spring training game is in the books. Padres offense was pretty quiet all game until the 9th inning when they staged a 4 run comeback. It was all for not though as the Mariners came back after that to win the game 5-4. All the game details are below. The positive is that the comeback was led by our young up and coming prospects. It's nice to see them contribute, even...

Padres, Mariners extend spring training lease

The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have agreed to a 20-year lease extension with the city of Peoria, Ariz., that will keep both teams' spring training camps in the Phoenix suburb through 2034. The agreement announced Monday calls for the city to invest $48 million in both clubs' training facilities and their shared stadium over the course of the lease. The deal includes...

30-1 MLB countdown #28: San Diego Padres

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Padres Gameday Chat with Lineups 3/4/12 vs. Mariners

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GIF: Yu Darvish Strikes Out Carlos Quentin

25-year-old Japanese phenom Yu Darvish made his MLB (Spring Training) debut today for the Texas Rangers. The 6'5" right-hander was very impressive, tossing two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres. Here's more on Darvish's debut, from USA Today's terrific baseball writer, Bob Nightengale: Darvish struck out three batters in two shutout innings...
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