The Season Is Over?

The Padres are off to a 2-4 start. Not great.  In fact, at the time of this post, its the fourth-worst record in MLB, surpassed on the futility scale only by Baltimore (2-5), Cincinnati (2-5), and Arizona (2-7).  Given the slow starts of the last few years, there’s not much patience out there. And yet there should be. Nate touched on this yesterday; allow me to talk further about...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Benefit Of The Doubt

On Saturday afternoon, four games into the start of the 2014 season, with the Padres on a three game losing streak that would increase to four before being snapped by Ian Kennedy and Alexi Amarista on Sunday, a tweet appeared on my Twitter feed that took me a little by surprise: His 4-game skid is him not trying hard enough? ~ @ctrop78: Time to drop Chase to 6th? Send a message?...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Rotters and Sleepers — Right Field

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America It may seem silly to look at rotters and sleepers now that the season has started, but everyone can upgrade their bench at any time. What we have seen so far (with the exception of the center fielders) are players that teams use in platoon roles. The smaller market teams (like the Padres) are wising up to the fact that they can carry...
Via The Fantasy Fix
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedd Gyorko Of The Padres Is Your Early Leader For Worst Error Of The Year

http://nextimpulsesports.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/jedd.mp4 During Tuesday’s Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Padres, highly touted San Diego prospect Jedd Gyorko did not get his 2014 season started on the right foot. Gyorko took the relay throw from center fielder Will Venable and promptly spiked it into the grass. So if you’re scoring the play at home it goes 8-4-Grass...
Via Next Impulse Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MadFriars’ Spring Training:  Josh Geer

Peoria, AZ -  Josh Geer, 31, was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft by San Diego, the same that saw the Padres select Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Will Venable.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Projected starting lineup

For the second consecutive season, the Padres won 76 games and missed out on the postseason. The massive dimensions of Petco Park are going to put runs at a premium (San Diego ranked 24th in total runs scored), so the Padres went out and picked up two starters that have considerable upside (Ian Kennedy and Josh Johnson) but also own significant baggage. Is the offense going to be...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' success contingent on collective health

 At this point in his career, Padres outfielder Will Venable still isn't sure what it's like to be a part of a team that bolts fast from the gate in April, though he's quite familiar with the other side and how exasperating it can feel.
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennedy, Venable lead Padres past Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night. Kennedy held the Mariners to two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings. "His fastball command was good, especially on the inside part of the plate to the left-handed hitters...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennedy, Venable lead Padres past Mariners

Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night.
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennedy, Venable lead Padres past Mariners 7-2

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night.
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Ballplayer for a Day: Padres Swing for your Seats

As a Padres fan, there’s nothing I love more than when our team takes the field and comes off victorious. Hell, I even just love them taking the field. Call me a romantic, but there’s something infinitely soothing and exciting when it comes to the beautiful simplicity that is a baseball game. I’ve been playing the game for most of my life, and you can bet I have taken each...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Urias dominates in first Dodgers’ spring start

Julio Urias made his spring debut on Saturday, and dominated. (By: Dustin Nosler) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Word went around Saturday morning that Dodgers’ 17-year-old prospect was slated to pitch on the Major League side, yet it wasn’t clear when that would be. Sam Demel was originally expected to start the first game of a split-squad Saturday for the Dodgers (they won 5-4, if anyone...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 17-year-old Julio Urias makes his debut

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent 17-year-old Julio Urias to the mound to make his spring debut on Saturday. He wasted no time in showing off what has made him a top prospect striking out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect first inning. After starting with a 3-0 count to Will Venable, Urias impressively came back to strike him out. After a ground out, Yonder Alonso looked...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Bar: Who Can the Padres Least Afford to Lose?

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. With recent injuries to Chase Headley and Cameron Maybin the organization’s depth is being tested early and often. Fortunately it is...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Will Venable vulnerable to regression?

Being an East Coast writer sometimes makes it difficult to appreciate or notice players from the other coast. After all, most of their games are starting just when I am thinking about going to bed. I would like to think that I keep track of what's going on pretty well still. But I question that when looking at Will Venable's 2013 season and being surprised at the numbers...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Camp is High-Spirted

I cruised down to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world today, the Peoria Sports complex!  This isn’t your Dad’s PSCX, the facelift the Padres complex had during the offseason is impressive.   It oozes with a major league feel, from the curb appeal, to the locker room.  As they say, perception is reality, and it’s clear the new Padres owners want the players...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

And Jerry Walked Past

In the spring of 2012 I stood on a sidewalk that connected the backfields of the Peoria Sports Complex. By virtue of a friendship with Rick and Beau of RJ’s Fro I had come impossibly close to the white lines which our Padres crossed each sun-baked Arizona morning. As we stood chatting in a protective circle, Jerry Coleman walked right past us. This simple action of walking had...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Venerable Venable Named Team MVP

A day after naming Andrew Cashner the Padres’ pitcher of the year, The Padres announced today that outfielder Will Venable was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The 31 year old veteran, who has played the entirety of his 6-year career in San Diego, received a contract extension...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres' Venable: Renteria 'a great leader'

San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable says the Chicago Cubs made a "great hire" in choosing former Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their next manager. "He's a guy that knows the game as much as anyone I've been around," Venable said via phone Thursday. "He's got a fire in him that you love having in the clubhouse ... More than anything...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 10/14 to 10/20/2013

In case you weren’t paying attention… Consider this a petition for Will Venable to start wearing his dad's glasses. pic.twitter.com/yA31Vc9bvU — Vocal Minority (@VocalMinoritySD) October 16, 2013 Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. Sexier than bathtime Jesus and the Giant Peach 2013 McRib Awards, Part 3: True Grit The Bar: 2013 Padres Year In Review –...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Venable could be shut down

San Diego Padres have not had the best season and at this point the team is just waiting for the season to be over. San Diego is 72-84 this season and are fighting the Colorado Rockies for fourth place in the National League West. In the stretch run, the Padres may be without Will Venable. Venable has been plagued with an abdominal strain and missed Monday's game. "...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Players

Not to get all “30 for 30″ on you but, what if I told you that Chase Headley and Will Venable have had similar careers with vastly different perceptions by the public? True? False? Let’s spend your Friday morning figuring that out. First, a few caveats. Venable is nearly two years older than Headley. Obviously, they play different positions so it’s a bit difficult to make...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

RotoBaller writer Chris Lacey highlights a handful of players on most of your waiver wires to keep track of. You can find many of these players and recommendations, along with many more, in our Daily Updated Waiver Wire Pickups List.   STANDARD MIXED-LEAGUE VIABLE PICKUPS Will Venable. Venable is continuing his great season for the Padres with a [...]
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Venable Contract Analysis

The Padres handed out another contract late in a season.  However, unlike the Huston Street and Carlos Quentin deals, the 2013 version should draw little criticism. The organization bought out the remaining 2 arbitration years for Will Venable.  Total dollars: $8.5 million.  There are quite a few reasons why this deal is a solid investment for the team. First, Venable likely is...
Via Friarhood
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres, Will Venable agree to two-year, $8.5 million extension

The Padres have locked up outfielder Will Venable to a contract extension, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. The deal is for two-years and worth $8.5 million. He will make $4.25 million in 2014 and $4.25 million in 2015. The extension will also cover Venable's final two years of arbitration, according to the Padres. Venable, 30, is having one of his best years at the big...
Via MLB Injury News
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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