Paul Clemens Wants a Spot in 2017 Rotation

January 14, 2017

In 2016 the Padres put 14 different starters on the mound. There was a grab bag of veterans, rookies, and castoffs that took the hill to fill in rotation voids caused by injuries and trades. The season appeared to be a lost cause at a relatively early point. Sure, every team faces adversity during the course of a baseball season, and injuries happen, but for the Padres it was like…

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Will Jabari Blash Smash or Crash in 2017?

January 7, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that Jabari Blash was a hot topic among San Diego Padres fans and analysts. On December 10, 2016, the Padres announced that they had acquired outfielder Blash from the Oakland Athletics as the player to be named later to complete their December 2, 2015 trade for infielder Yonder Alonso. It was part of the same trade that brought LHP Drew Pomeranz over to San Diego,…

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Alex Dickerson Deserves a Serious Look in 2017

December 31, 2016

There are only 47 days left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It’s about this time when the season starts feeling near. Hot stove talk has been fun this off-season, and it will continue to be, with plenty of deals left to be made before opening day. It’s exciting to explore the various options that a club may have in filling out roster holes, but at this point…

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Should Manuel Margot Start the 2017 Season in Triple-A to Protect His Service Time?

December 23, 2016

Remember just a few years back, in 2015, when the Padres were the “winners of the off-season”? General Manager A.J. Preller and his team did the unprecedented in San Diego and brought in a handful of impact players. I remember I was getting some newspapers from the gas station to wrap up dishes for a house move. The stack of papers that I brought home headlined the Matt Kemp trade….

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Can Luis Torrens Become the Padres’ Catcher of the Distant Future?

December 17, 2016

Almost two weeks ago the Padres finally did the inevitable and traded Derek Norris. He went to the Washington Nationals for prospect RHP Pedro Avila. This was a positive and necessary move, another nod towards the youth movement, as it finally opened up the starting role for Austin Hedges behind the dish. In return, the Padres received another solid piece of young pitching depth to look forward to. I like…

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Is Korean Baseball Phenom Eric Thames a Fit For the Padres?

November 22, 2016

It’s hot stove season folks. We’re officially into it. For some, this is the most exciting part of baseball fandom. The insiders are currently abuzz with fresh rumors of potential moves. Fans wait with bated breath as their teams add and subtract to create something new. There’s nothing like re-imagining the puzzle, hoping that the updated formula might finally be the one. San Diego Padres fans are beginning to accept…

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Should the Padres Bring Back Fernando Rodney in 2017?

November 19, 2016

I’m going to cut to the chase. I absolutely believe that the San Diego Padres should bring Fernando Rodney back in 2017. Just to be upfront, I haven’t heard or seen anything connecting the Padres to Rodney moving forward, but it would just make so much sense. I have a little theory that if the Padres can put together a steady (not necessarily dominant) rotation and a deep, strong bullpen…

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Should Padres Sign Free-Agent LHP Jorge De La Rosa?

November 11, 2016

Well, the election season is over. So is the World Series. Recently, I’ve found myself in transition between daydreaming about all the ways the San Diego Chargers could win the rest of their games this season and what my ideal San Diego Padres roster for 2017 would look like. While we are in the thick of football season, the 2016-17 MLB free agent market officially opened for business this week,…

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Should the Padres Bring Back Jon Jay in 2017?

November 5, 2016

It’s official. The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over. For a few clubs it will be a season to remember. For the San Diego Padres, save a few great moments, it was not the finest. I believe however, that 2016 will be remembered as the turning point during which the Padres’ strategy towards success finally became apparent. After the 2015 season, into the off-season and through the first half…

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Joey Bosa is Showing the NFL that He’s the Real Deal

October 28, 2016

So, here we are in week eight of the 2016 NFL football season. The San Diego Chargers have gone from our city’s greatest lament, to a beacon of hope for the future in a matter of about three weeks. What has happened? Well, I personally think that during the first four weeks of the season the team was in an ongoing state of shock after losing several key components to…

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Drew Kaser Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

October 20, 2016

In the latest turn of events, Charger’s punter and former holder Drew Kaser was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his turnaround contribution to the Bolts’ victory over the Broncos on Thursday. He put four of his five punts inside the 20 and had a punt average of 47 yards. His longest went 60 yards. I’ll be the first to admit that after, even during, Kaser’s dreadful…

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Hunter Henry is Looking Like a Much-Needed Offensive Weapon in Rookie Season with Chargers

October 13, 2016

Well, it’s been an excruciating season for the San Diego Chargers and their fans so far, hasn’t it? The tone of the season was seemingly set by the ridiculous fourth quarter loss in Kansas City in week one. Not only did the season start with the loss of a game, but the Bolts lost Keenan Allen, the receiver who was going to be one of Philip Rivers‘ favorite targets this…

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