Padres Birthday Spotlight: Rudy Seanez

October 20, 2017

Happy 49th birthday to the reliever from Brawley, CA, Rudy Seanez (see-AHN-yez). Seanez was a well-traveled pitcher who played for nine different teams during his successful 17-year career. He was a part of Padres history even when he was not pitching for San Diego. He appeared in the 1998 playoffs with the Atlanta Braves, when the Braves duked it out with San Diego in the NLCS. He pitched in four…

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A Look Back at the 1984 San Diego Padres

October 19, 2017

Regular Season The 1984 San Diego Padres were one of the first solid Padres teams. In fact, that team represented the first time that the franchise had made the playoffs. A young, 24-year-old Tony Gwynn led the charge for the Friars, batting an astounding .351, which won him his first batting title. He also finished 3rd in MVP voting. The power bat in the lineup was Graig Nettles. He hit…

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A Look Back at the 1998 San Diego Padres

October 10, 2017

As I sit here watching the beginning of the 2017 postseason, I long to see the San Diego Padres in the playoffs again. I am reminded of when I was a young child during the celebrated playoff run of 1998. The city of San Diego was alive. Jack Murphy Stadium was filled every night. They averaged north of 31,000 per game at the ballpark that season. 1998 was a fun…

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A Padre Fan’s Guide to the 2017 Postseason

October 4, 2017

The 2017 MLB postseason is here. Shockingly, it does not include the San Diego Padres. OK, I’m kidding. We all knew this would happen. However, this doesn’t mean Padre fans should turn off their TV’s and wait for spring training to start. This is a pretty interesting postseason on paper. There are three 100+ win teams (first time since 2003). There are also three teams from the Padres’ own division,…

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12 Years Ago Today, the 2005 N.L. West Champion Padres Were Crowned

September 28, 2017

12 years ago today, the Padres clinched their first division title and playoff spot since 1998. They actually clinched the N.L. West with a 79-79 record, the lowest winning percentage for a clinching division champion in major league history. The 2005 Padres finished 82-80. Jake Peavy was the ace of the staff. He finished the year 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA with a National League-leading 216 strikeouts. Brian Giles had…

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Wil Myers Is Still the Face of the Padres

September 26, 2017

Wil Myers certainly did not have the season most expected him to have. He would be the first to tell you that. In a recent article from MLB.com’s Nathan Ruiz, Myers said: “All in all, this year’s been a little bit of a disappointment for me, not to be able to put up better numbers more consistently…” Don’t worry, Padres fans. He knows he has to be better. It’s not…

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5 Things to Watch For as the Padres Season Winds Down

September 19, 2017

The Padres have just two weeks left in their 2017 season. As always, it went very fast. The team sits at 67-83 currently, which is much better than some predicted. The Padres are also eliminated from playoff contention. That should come as a shock to no one. This does not make the Padres unwatchable, however. I will be the first to admit it; When this season started, I was pretty…

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Padres Establishing Winning Culture At Every Level

September 11, 2017

There is value in developing a winning culture. No matter how many stars you have, unless the team knows how to win, it won’t matter. There are plenty of examples. The 2012 Red Sox looked stacked after bringing in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford the year before with David Ortiz, Jon Lester, and company already there. They finished in dead last in the A.L. East that season and manager Bobby Valentine was…

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The Padres Ignored the Tank, Beat L.A. & That is Fantastic

September 4, 2017

The Padres have had a rough season, although not as rough as some predicted. They are one win away from clinching a non-100 loss season. FiveThirtyEight.com has the Friars finishing 72-90, better than last season. A lot can still happen as the Padres still have six games against Arizona, seven against Colorado and still three more against the L.A. Dodgers. However, the Padres did not seem too intimidated by perhaps…

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Yangervis Solarte Has Been Better Than Expected at Short

August 31, 2017

Yangervis Solarte has been with the Padres since he came over at the 2014 trade deadline from the Yankees. In that time, he has hit a respectable .272, averaging 14 home runs per season. He also has a 107 OPS+ in his time in San Diego. Solarte has been a welcome veteran presence in this clubhouse this season, and is now 30 years old. Up to this point, he had…

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Clayton Richard Has Been a Rock in The Padre Rotation

August 28, 2017

  The Padres and their fans are really excited about the future of the team with all the upcoming prospects. However, there hasn’t been enough talk about the bright spots of the major league club these days. Clayton Richard was acquired in August and was re-signed in December of last year to be a Padre for the second time in his career. In his first stint with San Diego, from 2009…

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Chihuahuas Report: Injuries, Missed Chances Sink El Paso

August 23, 2017

Tacoma, Washington It was a sellout crowd of 7,201 at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, on a warm Tuesday night. There were many families in the crowd, perhaps for one last fun summer evening out before school starts again. Jordan Lyles got the rock for the Chihuahuas. On a day where Padres minor league pitchers got shelled, Lyles had a solid outing. He went 5.2 innings, only walking…

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