Christian Friedrich & Jarred Cosart Opt for Free Agency

October 31, 2017

It’s still October, and the MLB Hot Stove has yet to get turned on, but two pitchers from the San Diego Padres have decided to test free agency. Christian Friedrich and Jarred Cosart have both decided to become unrestricted free agents, as opposed to signing extensions with the Padres. Both players cleared waivers and were outrighted, the club announced on Oct. 30. Cosart was eligible for arbitration, and was expected…


Should the Padres Hire Barry Bonds as Hitting Coach?

October 22, 2017

One of the biggest villains in the eyes of Padres fans is Barry Bonds. The left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was a thorn in the side of Friar pitchers for so many years. Jake Peavy will be remembered as the pitcher who served up Bonds’ 700th career home run. In 1995, he hit a walk-off home run against Trevor Hoffman, the second-greatest Friar in franchise history. Bonds hit…


PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Carlos Asuaje

October 20, 2017

Carlos Asuaje wasn’t on the San Diego Padres’ Opening Day roster, but he had a significant impact on the club during the 2017 season. Asuaje was called up by the Padres from Triple-A El Paso on May 22. He made his first appearance on May 23, during a game against the New York Mets. He was only with the Padres for two days before being sent back to El Paso….


PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Hunter Renfroe

October 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a young outfield in 2017. Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero, and Hunter Renfroe all were rookies, and all spent time on the field and in the lineup as Friar youngsters. Travis Jankowski and Jose Pirela, also young players, saw time on the field. One of those rookies, Renfroe, was a mixed bag this season. The right fielder showed off his power, belting 26 home runs. He…


Top Moments of the 2017 Season: Renfroe Goes Deep Three Times

October 12, 2017

The San Diego Padres had several great moments during the 2017 season. One particular moment was when Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs in a single game. The game was on September 20th, in a game at Petco Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that contest, seven home runs were hit, setting a new park record. It was also the game where Renfroe set a couple of milestones. It also…


Grading the 2017 San Diego Padres Coaching Staff

October 7, 2017

The 2017 San Diego Padres exceeded expectations, despite finishing 20 games under .500. Their record was 71-91. It’s strange to say that a team that finished 33 games behind the winner of their division, and 16 games behind the winner of the second wild card team, exceeded expectations. However, it is fair, and accurate, to say that about the 2017 Padres. Before the season began, mainstream sports media predicted this…


Should the Padres Sign Another Shortstop for 2018?

October 1, 2017

With this season coming to an end, the MLB “Hot Stove” will begin heating up soon. Teams will sign free agents and make trades. Could the San Diego Padres be one of those teams? The Padres’ starting shortstop in 2017, Erick Aybar, was brought in on a one-year deal. With his deal expiring and no mention of him being back next season, the Padres are without a true shortstop to…


Friars of the Past: Andy Benes Selected Number 1 Overall by Padres

September 26, 2017

Andy Benes was a 6-foot-6, 240-pound pitcher, a young kid that scouts called “a Roger Clemens in shoulder pads.” In 1988, the San Diego Padres drafted him No. 1 overall in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Benes was a junior at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, when the Padres drafted him. During that junior season at Evansville, Benes had a 16-3 record, with 13 complete games and…


Framing the Friars: Renfroe Sets New Franchise Rookie Home Run Record, Then Sets it Again

September 20, 2017

  San Diego, California Records were broken, and one more was tied, during the San Diego Padres’ series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 20. Arizona won the game 13-7 and avoided the sweep, after the Padres won the first two games in the series. Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs. His first dinger set a new franchise record for home runs in a season. His third blast tied…


Framing the Friars: Lamet Looks Like Lamet, but Offense a No-Show (again)

September 13, 2017

  The San Diego Padres have scored only five runs in 28 innings. The offense has been absolutely stagnant. Compared to the Padres’ lack of scoring, their opponents have done the opposite. On Sep. 12, the Minnesota Twins went off for 16 runs against the Friars, winning the game 16-0. The offense remained stagnant when the Padres played the Twins again on Sept. 8. Dinelson Lamet made the start, pitching…


Framing the Friars: Solarte Reaches New Career High

September 6, 2017

  Yangervis Solarte doesn’t hit a lot of home runs. He is just not that type of hitter. The most homers he had ever hit in a season was 15, a number he posted in both 2015 and 2016. That changed on Sept. 6, when the San Diego Padres hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for the third game of a four-game series, a game in which St. Louis won 3-1….


Framing the Friars: Stammen Gets the Win

August 30, 2017

The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Aug. 30 at Petco Park, and Craig Stammen played a pivotal role in making the shutout happen. The right-handed reliever was the winning pitcher of record against the Giants in the series finale. This is his second win of the season, improving his win-loss record to 2-2. The guy who goes by the nickname “Trig” quietly had a good…