Trevor and Glenn, A Tribute to Brotherly Love and The Importance of a Jersey Number

April 10, 2017

  What is in an athlete’s personal jersey number? From the time they were kids, they have gravitated toward certain numbers that mean something to them. For many, it is a number chosen to honor a favorite sports hero. For others, it may be a lucky number or a birth year. Trevor Hoffman’s choice was one of brotherly love and a testament to the notoriously strong bond that runs throughout…

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Military Appreciation Sunday & The Padres Legendary “Camo’s”

April 9, 2017

It is another bright, cloudless blue-skied, San Diego Sunday afternoon, hopefully with that great, cool ocean breeze. The grass at Petco Park, in its alternating shades of green rows, which sometimes are straight, other times slightly crossing, are crisp and sparkling. The brownish hue from the dirt radiates. The senses, as you walk up to the field from the north side entrance, amidst the Park at the Park in right…

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History of the Rule 5 Draft in San Diego: Redefining the Building of a Ball Club

April 8, 2017

The Major-League Baseball Winter Meetings, held every year, take place at the beginning of the merry month of December, long after the regular baseball season has ended. At the culmination of these meetings, and in ceremonial fashion, the MLB Rule-5 Draft takes place. It is a hasty and hurried event that usually takes no longer than a quick half hour to occur. Even though not all teams elect to make…

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A Glimpse into the History of the Padres Opening Day Starter

March 31, 2017

(This article has 3 pages.  Continuation links at bottom of page after Author’s bio) Opening day is here. Nerves. Adrenaline. Excitement. Uneasiness. A new beginning. These are many of the dichotomous feelings that attend players, from Little League through the bigs, on opening day. It is a tacit American holiday, where employees-employers develop a quick case of the cold, many a student misses a Monday lecture, and the retired folk,…

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The Return of the Affable Aki Otsuka

March 24, 2017

  Spring training gives the fan a great chance to learn about their favored program. As fans wander around the team’s practice, or attend the various games for the six weeks prior to the beginning of the regular season, they have a chance to run into a variety of big league players, but more importantly, they see many of the organizations’ top prospects, various coaches, and unsigned players as well….

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The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert

October 12, 2016

The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert by Mike Clark It’s no secret that the beginning years of the San Diego Padres were some very lean years. Withstanding the misfortune of the woebegone years flowing through the early 1970’s, there were some clear bright spots. Nate Colbert was definitely one of those, if not the brightest. Mr. Colbert was selected 18th overall in the 1968 MLB expansion draft from the…

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Military Sunday & The Padres Legendary “Camo’s”

September 12, 2016

It’s another bright, cloudless blue-skied, sunny San Diego Sunday afternoon, hopefully with that great cool ocean breeze. The grass at Petco Park, in its alternating shades of green rows, which sometimes are straight, other times slightly crossing, are crisp and sparkling. The brownish hue from the dirt radiates. The senses, as you walk up to the field from the north side entrance, above the beach in right field, are completely…

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Gene Richards, the Definitive Padre Leadoff Hitter & Prospective Padre Hall of Famer

September 8, 2016

History is something that the Padres organization has never been extremely good at. Many think that the history of the team is not that great and is somewhat shallow. To extinguish that idea, the San Diego Padres, at the beginning of July, to the fanfare of a large blue ribbon and a large scissor clad Randy Jones, opened the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame Museum at the North West…

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