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Turn that frown upside down

I didn’t make it out to Peoria this year, thanks to the ACL, but I have made roughly 8 trips out there in the last 5 years. So it’s safe to say that I’ve seen my fair share of Spring Training action. I’ve seen it all. The backfields, the main field, the batting cages, the clubhouse, the gym and the bars restaurants. Usually, there’s optimism among fans. The players spout...
Via Padres Public
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumor Mill: 3/27/15

The Search for a Back-up Catcher With the loss of Tim Federowicz for 3-6 months, it is unclear who the Padres plan to back-up starting catcher Derek Norris. 11-year veteran Wil Nieves seems to be the lead candidate for the spot, especially now that catching prospect Austin Hedges has been optioned to minor-league camp. However, earlier this week, George King III of the...
Via Friarhood
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of a Quick Start

You can sense it now, can’t you? How tantalizingly close we are to Opening Day; how in little more than a week games will be played that count. First pitch at Dodger Stadium on April 6 is scheduled for 1:10pm, a game that had plenty of storylines already before this weeks article describing locker room strife between the pitching rotation of San Diego and former Padre backstop...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Despaigne goes five innings in Padres' 3-3 tie with D-Backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brett Wallace hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Yonder Alonso had three hits and Odrisamer Despaigne, competing with Brandon Morrow for the final spot in San Diego's rotation, allowed one run and seven hits over five innings. Arizona's...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wallace's HR in 8th helps Padres tie D-backs 3-3 in 10

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brett Wallace hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Yonder Alonso had three hits and Odrisamer Despaigner, competing with Brandon Morrow for the final spot in San Diego's rotation, allowed one run and seven hits over five innings. Arizona's Chase...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Black: Different vibe for Padres organization this season

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. "What are we, the Yankees?" Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Andrew Cashner…Because I Made Them Up

San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner gets tangled up trying to catch a throwing ring during activity prior to batting practice warmups a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner had some memorable performances in 2014. Just imagine what he would have done if he hadn’t spent nearly 3 months on the disabled list...
Via Padres Public
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Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. ''What are we, the Yankees?'' Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
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2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
Via Bloguin Best
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Padres and Pints: the Podcast! – Episode 19 w/ Special Guest Jason Klein of Brandiose

Jason Klein from San Diego design firm Brandiose joins Rick and Chris as they chat about all design and minor league baseball, or as Jason calls it, “story telling.” Jason shares some crazy ideas implemented by Brandiose previously never seen in minor league baseball, as well as some plans deemed too overboard even for the minors. The guys also discuss the current direction...
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Norris homers, Padres lose to Dodgers 9-5

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yasiel Puig hit his fourth home run this spring, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Puig connected for a two-run shot in the first inning against Jason Lane. The drive sailed over the left field fence and off the wall of the Dodgers' complex at Camelback Ranch. Puig, who also singled, hit the first of four...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

7 Reasons You Should Be Excited For the 2015 MLB Season

1. Opening Day It’s the day every baseball fan has been waiting for. Opening Day. It is an atmosphere like no other. It signals the beginning of summer time. Opening day is like a holiday for some (including myself), and great memories are created on Opening Day. 2. Stocked Rotations This season will be another year of the pitcher. Free agent pitcher Max Scherzer signed a...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Tyson Ross…Because I Made Them Up

Starting pitcher Tyson Ross improved upon the success of his 2013 Padres debut with an NL All-Star appearance selection in 2014. As a key member of the Padres rotation, fans are looking for more big things from Ross in 2015. Inspired by a new Friarwire feature by Bill Center, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Ross. And you didn’t know them because they are...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Converted outfielder Jason Lane to pitch

A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Wednesday: --- CONVERTED OUTFIELDER Former outfielder Jason Lane gets the starting nod for the Padres against the Dodgers. The 38-year-old lefty is pitching in place of right-hander Ian Kennedy, who will throw in a minor league game to avoid facing a division rival. V-MART SWINGS Detroit's Victor Martinez...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres powered by Kemp, Upton in win over Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres show off new power with Kemp, Upton; edge Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB 5 Bold Predictions

1. Gerrit Cole will be a top 10 fantasy pitcher The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Their bullpen is one of best bullpens in the National League, and they have a solid starting rotation coming into 2015. The headlining pitcher here is Gerrit Cole, the young flamethrower. Cole is entering his second full season in the Major Leagues, and he looks...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Justin Upton…Because I Made Them Up

“Um, guys? I don’t think this jersey is in my size.” Justin Upton, the new left fielder and projected cleanup hitter for the Padres, was acquired via trade by “Rockstar GM” A.J. Preller in one of many moves to improve the anemic Friars offense of last season. Inspired by a new Friarwire feature by Bill Center, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Upton...
Via Padres Public
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ross throws 5 shutout innings as Padres beat White Sox 10-4

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Tyson Ross pitched one-hit shutout ball for five innings, Cameron Maybin hit two-run double and the San Diego Padres defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-4 Monday. The only hit allowed by Ross was a fly ball to center by Conor Gallaspie in the fourth than Maybin lost in the sun and landed for a double. Jedd Gyorko had three hits for the Padres. Jose Quintana carried...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields, Hammel dominate early innings; Padres top Cubs 6-1

MESA, Ariz. (AP) James Shields pitched five no-hit innings and Tommy Medica hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth as the San Diego Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Sunday. It was Medica's fourth home run of the spring and came in a pinch hit appearance in the eighth off Chicago reliever Francisley Bueno. Shields and Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel, who played together...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: position battle: shortstop

Clint Barmes Let me preface this article by saying the Padres don’t have a shortstop. Oh, they have Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes and another body or two, but they don’t have a starting quality shortstop they can play everyday. It’s not just the 40-man roster that’s barren with middle-infield depth. There’s nobody in AAA or AA ready to make the jump sometime midseason...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: San Diego Padres

Matt Kemp will attempt to be the primary piece to bring the Padres to the playoffs San Diego Padres 2015 Preview Wow. What an off-season the San Diego Padres had. Upwards of 6 new faces will take the field for San Diego when they open up their season on April 6th at the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game will be one baseball fans should stay glued to as former Dodger superstar Matt...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to the Basement

Just as I was starting to build up a crisp golden tan, thanks to finally emerging from my parents basement for the first time since 2007, I completely tear my ACL and get sucked back in with all these other nerds…..and Hacksaw’s plumber. Goodbye tan. All of those plans that I had for this season are all of a sudden on the back burner, thanks to a fluke play in indoor soccer....
Via Padres Public
7 days ago  |  Discuss

(Still) Pondering Hector Olivera

There’s been a lot written about 29-year-old Cuban infielder Hector Olivera around the internet over the past few months. Heck, there’s been a lot written about Olivera right here at Padres Public, including this article by yours truly and another (more recent) one by Nate. Despite all of the bandwidth dedicated to the Olivera beat, not much has really changed. He still possesses...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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