Franchy Cordero Interview: Love For the Glove

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Franchy Cordero made a splash for the San Diego Padres earlier this season. In his first career start, on May 28th against the Washington Nationals, he went 2-5 with a double and a run scored. He also made an impact with his glove. I had a chance to sit down with Franchy before El Paso’s game against Tacoma on Monday night. We did the interview in Spanish, his…


Chihuahuas Report: Poor Pitching Eclipsed By Renfroe’s Solid Debut

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington It was a nice crowd for a Monday night game, which began on a clear 78 degree evening. Folks here in Tacoma, Washington enjoyed 93.2% totality during Monday’s solar eclipse. They filed in, filling the park to 5,170 (capacity at about 6,500). Hopefully, everyone had clear vision from staring into the intense sunlight. A few fans, and even Rainiers mascot, “Rhubarb”, donned eclipse glasses for the occasion. Eclipse-themed…


El Paso Report: Overton Dazzles in Return to Tacoma

August 19, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Dillon Overton made the start for the El Paso Chihuahuas in Tacoma on Saturday. He felt right at home, as El Paso won 2-0. The lef-handed pitcher had made seven appearances for the Rainiers earlier this season (1-2, 9.33 ERA). He even made an appearance against El Paso on June 16th. He went four innings, allowing seven earned runs with four walks. Two days later he was designated…


Hedges & Margot Are On Top of Padres Defense

August 17, 2017

The saying is “defense wins championships.” That particular saying is usually saved for football or basketball, but for the most part, it is true in baseball as well. It’s no secret the Padres are gunning for 2019 and beyond as far as trying to win a coveted championship. That doesn’t mean there can’t be pieces already in place to make that sort of move. There are plenty of players already…


The 2016 San Diego Padres Trades (One Year Later)

August 15, 2017

The Padres have been sellers for the past few years after the failed experiment in 2015. General manager A.J. Preller has been wheeling and dealing ever since. The trades of the past year have resulted in several good minor leaguers, some top-30 prospects, and even some top-100 overall prospects. Let’s take a look back at some of the trades of the past calendar year or so and see where we…


This Day in Padres History: Tony Gwynn Hits Number 3,000

August 6, 2017

  On August 6th, 1999 the Padres traveled north of the border to play the Montreal Expos. Expos rookie Dan Smith took the mound in the top of the first. Quilvio Veras led off the game lining a base hit to left field. With Veras at first, Tony Gwynn came to bat with 2,999 career hits over his then-18 year career. His career was starting to wind down as he…


Friar From the Past: Happy Birthday Scott Linebrink

August 4, 2017

Credit: AP Photo Happy 41st birthday to former San Diego Padres reliever Scott Linebrink. Drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round in 1997, Linebrink first made it to the bigs with San Francisco in 2000. He was dealt to the Astros soon after that. He spent a little over three seasons with Houston. In 2003, the Padres claimed Linebrink off of waivers. He made an immediate impact as a…


Enough Tanking, It’s Time to Build a Winning Culture

August 2, 2017

  Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” If you have witnessed Padres Twitter this season, you probably have come across GIF’s of tanks running things over and…


The MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2007: 10 Years Later

July 30, 2017

The 2007 MLB Baseball Hall of Fame class set a record for attendance in Cooperstown, New York that summer. A whopping 82,000 people showed up to celebrate the hall of fame careers of Cal Ripken and our beloved Tony Gwynn. For comparison’s sake, last year’s enshrinement of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza was the second largest crowd at 50,000. Tony Gwynn and his gaudy numbers need no introduction in…


Are Hunter Renfroe & Wil Myers, the New Klesko & Nevin?

July 29, 2017

Despite the San Diego Padres being in a rebuilding year and battling the San Francisco Giants for the cellar of the N.L. West, they have had some exciting moments and this team has become very interesting. Everyone knows chicks dig the long ball. I dig the long ball, and I am sure most of you do too. That is why Hunter Renfroe and Wil Myers have made the Padres watchable,…