Padres Editorial: The Padres Need to Show a Backbone

June 21, 2017

2017 has been a tough year for San Diego sports fans. First of all, we lost our NFL franchise to greed. Now it seems that the Qualcomm Stadium site will be abandoned for the foreseeable future, because SDSU will only play there for the next couple of seasons and the city has no clue on how to get out of their own way and built something in Mission Valley. The…

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Interview With Padres’ Minor Leaguer Ruddy Giron

June 18, 2017

  On Friday afternoon, I had a chance to visit, for the first time, the Padres advanced A affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm. I drove up there to interview a couple of young Latino players: Javier Guerra and Ruddy Giron. Due to extended batting practice, Javier wasn’t available after all. I did, however, find out a lot about Ruddy Giron. He’s a very interesting young man, and I was completely blown…

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Series Recap: Padres Lose 3 of 4 in Desert to Diamondbacks

April 27, 2017

  On Thursday night, the San Diego Padres lost for the third time in four nights in Arizona. Like I wrote in my preview for this series, Padres’ pitchers needed to be on top of their game in order to stop a very potent D-backs’ line-up. Sadly that wasn’t the case as not one of the San Diego starters managed to give the team a quality start in the series….

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Series Preview: San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks

April 24, 2017

After a 3-3 home stand, the Padres travel to the Arizona desert to face their division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona is coming off a series win against the Dodgers over the weekend. The Padres and D-Backs played last week in San Diego and the Padres won two out of three in the series. Arizona’s bats were on fire in their series against L.A. Cuban slugger, Yasmany Tomas, has been on…

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Aztecs Legendary Coach Steve Fisher Retires

April 11, 2017

One of the sad things about life is that everything must come to an end. On Monday, a day that every Aztecs fan knew would come, finally did, as Steve Fisher announced his retirement from coaching after 38 successful seasons in the sport. The man should be recognized for all he did. He changed collegiate basketball in San Diego forever. Steve Fisher began his coaching career at The University of…

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Xolos’ Paul Arriola Will Play on Men’s U.S. National Team

March 28, 2017

  Paul Arriola. WOW. Just WOW. Every now and then I get reminded why I fell in love with sports many years ago. Sometimes it’s a game like game 7 of the 2016 World Series that does the trick. But more often than not, it is a story of a guy that believed in himself when nobody else did, that comes to the forefront. This time we’re going to take…

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It’s Time for Miguel Herrera to Grow Up

March 19, 2017

  I hate when I give people credit for doing something well and then, almost immediately, they take a crap on their good actions. Last month, I wrote how Xolos’ manager, Miguel Herrera, had finally grown up after his many blow-ups. I wrote in that piece for EVT that if he remained on his best behavior, the Xolos could become champions at the end of the season. On Friday, after…

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Should the Padres Look to Add Eric Gagne?

March 16, 2017

This spring, the World Baseball Classic is being played across the planet, and every participating nation has a lot of talented players that are representing their home country or country of ancestor. But one player in particular got my attention last week. It was former Dodger great, Eric Gagne. For those of you who do not remember Gagne, he was once was the premier closer in the major leagues. The big…

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The Case for Jabari Blash to Open the Season with Padres

March 5, 2017

Last spring, Padres’ fans were having this conversation: Is Jabari Blash a serviceable player at the big league level? Well this spring, it turns out we are having that same conversation, and I am here to make the case for Jabari Blash to make the opening day roster for the 2017 San Diego Padres. #Blashtoff is gaining momentum. We all know this season is a rebuilding year for the Padres,…

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A Brief Profile of Tijuana Xolos’ Coach Miguel Herrera

February 14, 2017

The Tijuana Xolos are in 2nd place with 12 points after six Liga Mx games this season. Although there’s been personnel turnover, the one thing that’s been steady is Coach Miguel Herrera. He is somewhat of a celebrity south of the border because of his fiery personality and successful career; maybe a good comparison in American sports would be Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh. But in order to get…

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My Experience Covering a Tijuana Xolos Match for EVT

January 29, 2017

Last night I had a great experience covering a Mexican Soccer match for the first time in my career. Through the years I have heard many things about the atmosphere at “estadio caliente”, and yesterday I finally got a taste of it firsthand. I arrived early in order to get to the press box on time. All team personnel were helpful and kind, and I wish to thank them for…

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Joey Bosa’s Rookie Season Was Productive

January 7, 2017

Last spring, the Chargers had the 3rd overall pick in the NFL draft and many pundits thought San Diego would pick either Ronnie Stanley or Laremy Tunsil. But Tom Telesco and the Chargers’ front office ended up drafting Joey Bosa from “The” Ohio State University. The former Buckeye had a stellar college career as he ended up with 26 sacks and 51 tackles-for-loss during his time in Columbus. When he…

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