San Diego Padres Take A Great Risk, Hold Onto Hand

July 31, 2017

As I am writing this, it is 1:02 PM PST and the trade deadline has come and gone without any Padres trades. Well except for the trade that sent Brandon Maurer, Trevor Cahill, and Ryan Buchter to the Royals for Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and Estuery Ruiz, but you already knew about that. But the big trade that everyone anticipated, the Brad Hand deal that would net the Padres a…

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San Diego Padres Trade Deadline To-Do List

July 15, 2017

The MLB Draft is in the books, the Home Run Derby has concluded, and the All-Star game was won. With the first half of the baseball calendar now complete, it is finally time to look forward to the next biggest day on the MLB calendar: the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. With just 17 days left until July 31st, the trade deadline kicked off in a big way with the…

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Listen to the Padre Train A-Comin’

June 5, 2017

I hear the train a-comin’ Rollin’ round the bend I ain’t seen the sunshine Since I don’t know when – Johnny Cash The Taco Train has had quite a fortnight. It began two Sundays ago when the man Andy Green described as the unquestioned leader of the team, Clayton Richards, spun a complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks resulting in a 5-1 Padre victory. The game came on the heels…

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Six Signs the Padres’ Plan is Working Or Not

May 20, 2017

  Do you believe in the plan? You know…the Master Plan. THE…PLAN. The answer for most Padres fans falls between one of two extremes: cynicism or romanticism. Whichever way one leans, it is foolhardy to embrace franchise goals as inevitable without checkpoints. These are, after all, goals the Padres set for themselves and commitments they made to their fans. Padres fans have been mistreated by ownership for years, and on…

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Padres Editorial: Into The Great Wide Open

May 7, 2017

“This is war! This isn’t a game!” – Chris Sale to Red Sox teammates, May 2 “The only game I know is war, and war ain’t no game.” – Me to myself, two minutes ago Currently, Chris Sale may be the best pitcher in the big leagues not named Dallas Keuchel. This is his first year pitching for Boston and so far he’s been lights out, everything the Red Sox…

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The Padres’ Plate Discipline Problem

May 4, 2017

Just over one month into the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres sit at 12-17 through the team’s first 29 games. Going into the season, most knew the Padres would be largely non-competitive. While there has been some surprise wins for the Friars, that expectation has largely come to fruition. However, the Padres have played a much different game than what was expected. Everyone had a good idea that the…

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Implementing a 3-Man Rotation Would Put Padres WAY Ahead of the Curve

November 9, 2016

I am absolutely enamored with Andrew Miller. Yes, his talent is undeniable. One could make a case that his disappearing slider, paired with that exploding fastball, coming from a missile launcher attached to a lean and lanky 6’7” frame, could be rendered illegal in some states. However, beyond his lethal arsenal, I am far more enamored with his workload. When he was traded to the Cleveland Indians prior to the…

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Here Come the Padres, Up Around the Bend

November 8, 2016

I was an ABC guy. Anybody but the Cubs. God had other things in store, however, and now I just have to get on with it. I had no real axe to grind, it’s just these Cubbies are so talented, so young, so well-constructed top to bottom with such an incredibly bright future that this, as they say, won’t be their last rodeo. We’re going to have to get used…

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Losing is a Disease (A Padres Theme)

October 21, 2016

In 2016, the San Diego Padres went 68-94. They finished 23 games out of first place. Attendance was down 1,337 per game—a 8.25 decline%. TV ratings were down a league-leading 38%. Active payroll was just over 29 million at season’s end. Yesterday, the General Manager responsible for the team’s disastrous finish came back from a 30-day suspension for an ethics violation to find the team President, Mike Dee was fired….

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The Real Reason Why Padres Fired Mike Dee?

October 15, 2016

A day after the San Diego Padres released a statement regarding their “departure” from now former team President & CEO, Mike Dee, a few questions were particularly interesting to me more than others. Dee’s tumultuous tenure is well documented, as others in the media have made note of many of the Public Relations blunders under his realm. Let’s look at some of the more notable stingers. The first big gaff…

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A Never Too Early Padres’ Outfield Preview

October 11, 2016

Last week I took a look at the infield and what that could showcase in 2017, given the internal options and incredibly early unknowns — as the off season hasn’t yet to begin. Now, let’s delve into the outfield depth and international options and assess what those options are, and what they will look like. The Padres have a core of promising outfield prospects. Matt Kemp wasn’t a bright spot…

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Padres Fans Need to Temper Expectations About Renfroe’s Future

September 30, 2016

Everyone mind the gap as you climb aboard the Hunter Renfroe hype train. The 24-year-old outfielder is a curious player, to me. I think we would all do well to pump the brakes a little on the unbridled enthusiasm. The last time the San Diego Padres had a home-grown prospect with this much expectation was Chase Headley. Fans thought he would make the big leagues and start collecting all-star appearances…

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