Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 11/16/11

San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell, left, and catcher Eliezer Alfonzo celebrate a 2-0 win against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 28, 2009. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Hey Padres fans!  I know most of you are like myself and are fully entrenched in football season, but the baseball off season is about to get very interesting.  The Padres signed Mark Kotsay to a deal on Tuesday, a move that should strengthen the bench.  I know that many of you have questions about the direction of this team, as do I.  Over the next few months we at the Friarhood will be engaging in discussions about roster moves, minor league players, and how the 2012 team will perform.  I want to invite you to be part of the conversation.  It is quite simple, register on Friarhood site (to the right) and become part of the congregation.  You can comment on a story, or reply to other comments.  Unlike facebook, you can directly reply to commenters and unlike twitter you won't have to repeat yourself.  Now, to the reason you came in the first place... you want to win that sweet Brown Penitentiary shirt autographed by Padres closer Heath Bell.  To be eligible to win, just leave a...
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