The Genius that is Darren Balsley

You've got the outfield acreage. You've got the early-season marine layer. You've got dead-man's land in left-center field (397 feet from the plate) and in right-center field (399 feet). You've got a list of reasons as tall as Alexi Amarista as to why Petco Park is a pitcher's park. Just make sure you don't overlook the most important reason of them all...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
5 days ago  |  Discuss

#SDSocialSummit Recap

On Sunday, the Padres invited 40 or so fans who are active on social media to attend #SDSocialSummit, where we would get to chat with each other face to face and also ask questions of key decision makers. The team fed us and put us up in a suite in the Western Metal Building. While the free food and seats are much appreciated, you should know that my price for loyalty is a lot higher...
Via Padres Public
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Amarista's 10th-inning single beats Dodgers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Padres manager Bud Black watched Alexi Amarista's winning single in the 10th inning from the tunnel behind the dugout. Black had been ejected in the top of the inning for unloading on first base umpire Clint Fagan, who had just ruled that Yasiel Puig checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch with Matt Kemp on second and two outs in a tie game. Things have been going...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
15 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2014 Game 129 (SD at AZ)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub watching the one tiny TV in the very back that the bartender begrudgingly graciously switched from the Local NFL Team’s practice preseason game to the Padres’ game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (60-69) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks ...
Via Padres Public
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Not just a great name, Quackenbush is a force in the Padres' bullpen

Huston Street is long gone, some roles have changed, but one thing hasn't: Bud Black's Old MacDonald Bullpen continues to dominate. A Quack, Quack here. A Quack, Quack there. Sorry, but do you know how hard that is to resist? Of all the cool stories funneling out of the world-class Padres pen this summer - and yes, with a best-in-the-game 2.35 ERA, it is world-class - the...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
26 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 120 (SD at STL)

Somethings things can get a little fuzzy after a night on the town.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. If you thought you might be hallucinating during the eighth and ninth innings, sadly, you weren’t. San Diego dropped a tough one to the St Louis Bob Davidson’s 4-3 in front of 45,000+ red, white, and light blue clad fans.  The...
Via Padres Public
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals finally get to sit back, relax and let replay work in their favor

ST. LOUIS  -- Replay has not worked in the Cardinals' favor very often this season, but it sure did Thursday night in what turned out to be a game-saving play in a 4-3 victory over the Padres. Here was the situation: The Cardinals led 4-2 and the Padres were batting with one out in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded. Pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert singled sharply to right...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 8, 1984

1984: The Royals could muster only seven hits as they dropped a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee at Royals Stadium.Brewers starter Don Sutton worked seven innings, allowing just six hits and two runs. The future Hall-of-Famer walked none and struck out four before turning the game over to Rick Waits, who pitched the last two innings for his third save.Sutton’s only misstep came in the seventh...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Varitek In-Line As The Next Padre Manager?

'TekBud Black is the incumbent manager of the San Diego Padres—and team says it wants him back for 2015. Nevertheless, the Friars are having another bad year (52-61, 12.5 games out), and they just hired a new (and somewhat controversial) GM. All of this is leading to speculation that the team might be at least considering other managerial options—and Jason Varitek's name...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Indians announce stadium renovations

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Thursday, August 7.  Tribe News:   The Cleveland Indians announced major stadium renovation plans that will be completed by the...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Amarista, Smith save Padres' win over Twins

As a rule, Bud Black doesn’t doubt his players. Yet off the bat, the Padres’ upbeat skipper wasn’t sure what sort of chance Alexi Amarista would have at catching Eduardo Escobar’s two-strike drive with the winning run standing on second base in the last of the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon. Positioning sure wasn’t on the diminutive utilityman’s side. “Off the bat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres to hire AJ Preller as new GM

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres-Twins Preview

Following a rough major league debut, Jesse Hahn has been dominant for the San Diego Padres. The right-hander looks to win his fourth straight start and help the surging Padres avoid a ninth consecutive defeat to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Hahn (7-2, 2.01 ERA) began his career allowing four runs on two homers in 3 2-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on June 3, but...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rookie road king Hahn hurls Padres past Braves 5-2

ATLANTA (AP) -- Another new road venue didn't affect Jesse Hahn. That is exactly what San Diego manager Bud Black has come to expect from the rookie right-hander with the cool disposition. Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings, to remain unbeaten on the road, and the Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to extend their recent success against the Braves. Hahn (6-2) allowed...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Bud Black is sporting a black eye

Bud Black was sporting quite the shiner during the San Diego Padres’ last few games. A few fans noticed that Black’s right eye was swollen and discolored and they tweeted the photos. @PadresCentral What happened to Bud Black's eye? Did he take a ball of his face in BP today? pic.twitter.com/Q0Lq9kdozX — dave perek (@daveperek) […]
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB managers on the hot seat

In the last few of months the landscape of Major League Baseball’s managerial dead pool has changed. As recently as a few months ago people were wondering if Mike Scioscia was done, as his high-priced Los Angeles Angels languished around .500. Then like the other Los Angeles team did last year, the Angels have caught fire and are on the verge of catching the Oakland A’s...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

In just three starts, Padres' Despaigne has shown he knows his game and how to get outs

He does not possess the electricity of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. He lacks the flash of Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' flamboyant fireball. He's yet to show up at an All-Star Game like the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, or even make 18 starts this summer like the Mariners' Roenis Elias. But give Odrisamer Despaigne time. Given what he's done in just three starts in...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Morales helps Rockies to 2-1 win over Padres

DENVER (AP) -- Franklin Morales was worn out and running on fumes by the time the sixth inning rolled around. Going from a starter earlier in the season to a reliever and back to a starter will tend to do that. Morales pitched effectively into the sixth -- his longest outing since May -- and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Stults snaps winless streak as Padres beat Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Eric Stults finally rewarded manager Bud Black's faith in him by continuing the San Diego Padres recent pitching dominance. Stults pitched seven effective innings and snapped a nine-start winless streak as he combined with two relievers to threw the Padres' second consecutive shutout in a 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Stults (3-11) won...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ross 3-hits Reds, Padres get 1st sweep since '13

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Padres manager Bud Black had talked to Tyson Ross once or twice that it was getting to be time that the lanky right-hander threw his first career shutout. In his 55th career start, Ross got it, in dominating fashion. Ross threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, struck out nine and walked none to help San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday for...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball's stingiest pitcher takes the mound for the Reds

San Diego's Jekyll and Hyde offense has bewildered only the Cincinnati Reds during this series as the Padres are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season. Another surprising outburst from San Diego's lineup, though, may be more difficult with Johnny Cueto on the mound. Baseball's stingiest pitcher looks to help visiting Cincinnati avoid a three...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Up With Greg Swindell

When it comes to baseball prospects, there are some players who get on the fast track to the Majors—and then there’s the fast track that former Indians starting pitcher Greg Swindell got on. “I loved the fast track,” Swindell said.  “It was all a blur.” Swindell, after an outstanding collegiate career out of the University of Texas, was drafted second overall by the...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–June 24, 1984

1984: Dane Iorg hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth for the winning run in the Royals’ 3-2 victory over California at Anaheim Stadium.The winning run was unearned, as Jorge Orta led off the ninth with a ground ball that Angels first baseman Ron Jackson booted. Orta took second on a Butch Davis groundout, moved up to third on Steve Balboni’s single, and scored when Iorg...
Via Pine Tar Press
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres get 3 in 9th, beat Dodgers 6-5

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- In what has been an emotional stretch for the San Diego Padres they have played their best baseball. The Padres' ninth-inning rally on Friday night produced a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight victory. "This has been a tough week for San Diego," Padres manager Bud Black said. "When you look at the whole week, it has...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres 'beat LA' with walk-off win

With all their might and their money to buy more might when they need it, the Dodgers loom large any time they sit in the opposing dugout. On Friday, the Padres were in the unenviable position of tackling their NL West rivals without the projected middle of their order. Seth Smith nearly bridged that gap himself. Late reinforcements finished the job. The Padres’ left fielder...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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