2014 Padres preview: Friars need to avoid injuries, inconsistencies

SAN DIEGO PADRES 2013: 76-86, third in NL West Manager: Bud Black (eighth season) Key additions: Joaquin Benoit, Alex Torres, Josh Johnson, Seth Smith Key losses: Luke Gregerson, Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Mark Kotsay Offense: The Padres will need Chase Headley to return to his 2012 form, when he led the NL with 115 RBI and won a Silver Slugger award. After a dismal 2013 by...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Commercials? Padres Commercials!

A little over a year ago I wrote that The Padres Are Blowing it. That statement feels vague. I was speaking specifically about marketing the team to the casual fans of San Diego: Fortunately, I have a solution! The Padres need to take a portion of the windfall they received from Fox and start advertising the f*ck out of this team. I’m talking about commercials, people. The funny...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith an Upgrade in the OF for Friars

It looks like the Padres have made their “big splash” this winter in acquiring OF Seth Smith from Oakland in exchange for RP Luke Gregerson. Smith, 31, would appear to address the team’s stated desire to add a LH bat. Reactions have been mostly, meh, or negative to the trade from the Friars perspective and while I’m not awestruck I do see it as an incremental improvement...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

2013-14 Off-Season: Extra Value Meal or Dollar Menu?

Padres fans’ disappointment in the Padres 2012-13 off-season, when they did nothing to upgrade anything about the roster, has been well documented. But, that was last year. What does this off-season hold in terms of potential free agent signings? We’ve already seen changes, as Clayton Richard was shown the door (but there is always the chance that he comes back) last week. Colt...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 McRib Awards Presentation Ceremony and Spin-Off Showcase Spectacular

You have been waiting for 4 weeks to find out the winners of the 2013 McRib Awards and now your patience is finally going to be rewarded. It’s been a long, drawn-out battle for some, and an absolutely laughable slaughter for others. But, the winners of the McRib Awards for 2013 are finally about to be revealed. But, why the McRib Awards, Ghost? Why not name them after the Big...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Off-Season Home

Be sure to bookmark this page to see what the Padres are doing in the off-season…free agency, trades, arbitration. This info will also be linked to the San Diego Padres Team Page. Updated: 10/29/2013 Free Agents Player Pos New Team Ronny Cedeno SS – Coby Cowgill RHP Padres Mark Kotsay 1B – Jason Lane LHP – Jason Marquis...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

The Bar: 2013 Year In Review – Biggest Disappointment

This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar. It’s time for all of us here at Padres Public to sit back and reflect on the season that was in the only way we truly know how. Drinking...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 McRib Awards, Part 3: True Grit

Once again, it’s time to cast your vote for the 2013 McRib Awards. So far, you have voted for the best meme of 2013 and your favorite Fox Sports San Diego Girl. Next up we have the Eckstein-Owens Memorial True Grit Award for the grittiest gritty player who shows gritty grit on the gritty Padres. Named in honor of the two of the grittiest players who ever dirtied up a Padres uniform...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Buys a Full Page Ad to Thank the Fans

We thought that Barry Zito's performance in game #162 was the proper send-off. He entered in the 8th, faced longtime friend, ex-teammate, and retiring veteran Mark Kotsay, struck him out, and left to the ovation that he truly deserved. But now he has truly put the feather in the cap of his exit. After the fans sent the lovable lefty out in style, Zito re-paid them in...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 McRib Awards, Part 1: Most Valuable Meme

Some of you may be wondering, “The Padres’ season is over. What the Hell are you going to do now, Ghost? In-depth analysis of Mighty Wings sales? The history of the McNugget?” To be honest, I wondered the same thing. Quite frankly, I’d love to take a break. But for some reason you people keep coming back. And I don’t want to disappoint any more than I already have. We have...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants End the Season As Only They Know How to Do

Wow. What a way to end the season. If you’re not going to make the playoffs, that was about the best possible script for the 162nd game of the year. And to be quite honest, we feel similarly to how we felt after the Giants won the NLDS and NLCS just under a year ago. It's just that warm buzzy feeling of baseball bliss. Let’s take a look at some of the beauty that was...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

The Iconic and Ironic Game

Two things happened at once on Sunday, during the final game of the San Francisco Giants 2013 season. Barry Zito was brought in to face one batter, making his final appearance with the Giants.  The 126-million dollar man has been the dog that Giants fans have kicked since the moment he signed in 2007.  It’s easy to hate a guy who makes more money than anyone else.  It’s easier...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking: Game 162 (SD vs SF)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were (day) drinking. The Padres (76-86) lost the final game of the 2013 season to the San Francisco Giants in the most Padres way possible, squandering a 3-run lead after Jedd Gyorko‘s first career grand slam to lose it in the bottom of the ninth...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking: Game 159 (SD vs AZ)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an early evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Friars defeated the Diamondbacks in 11 innings by score of 3-2 in yesterday’s final game at Petco Park of 2013. Mark Kotsay received a nice send off from both the Padres and the fans in his last home game before he retires...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs drop series finale to Padres in 11 innings

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single in the 11th inning Thursday night and the Padres outlasted the Diamondbacks for a 3-2 win. Tommy Medica led off the 11th with a swinging bunt down the third-base line for an infield single. Jesus Guzman batted for reliever Nick Vincent (6-3) and hit a ground-rule double that center fielder A.J. Pollock misplayed. Josh Collementer...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Why Not Kotsay?

On Saturday, Mark Kotsay announced to the media that he would be retiring from Major League Baseball at the end of this season. We here at Padres Public have spent a lot of time this year cracking wise on Twitter about Kotsay and his ability to provide veteran leadership and have a korner. He has, however, been a positive contributor on the field for the San Diego Padres. We’re...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Padres 9-14-13

It was the Braves annual Father Daughter day, and my dad even came early to watch batting practice with me. :) Well, by "watch" I mean I sat in the shade and he went down in the field level stands to catch a home run. (None went his way, aww.) Refraining from a 'you must be this tall to ride this ride' joke because Kimmie's pretty awesome. former Brave...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres rumors: Mark Kotsay will retire at end of season

Earlier Sunday morning, our own Justin Hunter reported on Colorado Rockies star first baseman Todd Helton's announcing that he will retire at the end of the season. Helton will not go out alone. We already know of Mariano Rivera's pending retirement, and now the San Diego Padres' Mark Kotsay has announced that he will also call it a career after the Padres play their...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking: Game 147 (SD vs ATL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres dropped a close one to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1. Robbie Erlin pitched alright, giving up just 2 runs on 8 hits and a walk over 6 innings. But Kris Medlen pitched better, shutting the Padres out for 7 1/3 innings with 4 hits...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Ducksnorts Revisited: Kotsay for Hernández

From 1997 to 2011, Ducksnorts covered the Padres in its own unique way. Every once in a while, we dig into the archives for grins. With Mark Kotsay’s career in free fall, it’s important to remember that he used to be good. The following originally ran on November 19, 2003, when Kotsay was traded to the A’s for Ramón Hernández and Terrence Long. It has been annotated to reflect...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

In Which The Padres Are Barely Discussed

“Hey, why don’t you guys just get together and form some sort of megablog?” – any number of people I know, over the last few years Around New Year’s Day, Rick of RJ’s Fro sent us a message asking what we thought of this very idea. A great idea, I thought. One that’d been discussed, but nobody ever got off of their butt to get the ball rolling. Kind of a theme which...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking: Game 132 (SD vs. AZ)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres lost 10-9 in 10 innings last night. This game was completely weird and I wish I had seen it in its entirety. Luckily there’s this. The Tucson Padres put Robbie Erlin on a bus and sent him to Phoenix where he’ll join the rotation...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Why Not Kotsay?

In today’s Effectively Wild podcast at Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller picked the “perceived clubhouse leaders” for every team in the American and National leagues. They based their decisions on perceptions perpetuated by the media noting that who they perceive to be the leader may not in fact be so. I’ve transcribed the Padres portion of the podcast and...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres bats come alive in 7-5 win over Rockies

Upset with the way his team was playing Bud Black issued a short but stern message to his club in the dugout during the ninth inning of Monday night’s 12-run loss at Coors Field. “In a simple few words the message was clear direct and needed” Padres veteran Mark Kotsay said Tuesday night. “Everyone knew what was happening. “Coming from a guy like Bud who rarely raises...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

While You Were Dreaming: Game 114 (Padres vs Phillies)

The last time August 8th fell on a Thursday was 2002.  Had Padres Public existed back then, here’s how the game summary might have read. The Padres concluded this six-game home stand on a high note.  It didn’t start out looking like they would. Brian Lawrence started and made it into the sixth, however thanks to Rickey Ledee’s big day at the plate (double and triple) he departed...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

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