Under The Radar Friars For 2017

January 19, 2017

  The MLB season can be compared to mining for gold back in the 1840’s. It can be a long and painful process, but there may very well be gems found along the way. In 2016 the Padres found several in Ryan Schimpf, Brad Hand, Luis Perdomo, Drew Pomeranz and Ryan Buchter. 2017, like any other season should be no different for the Friars. There is a high probability that…

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Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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The Wild and Wacky Career of Trevor Cahill

January 17, 2017

Baseball is full of interesting stories. For as many stories there are about the top draft pick that went on to be a complete bust, there are just as many for players drafted in later rounds who went on to have great success. While those two are the most interesting stories to watch, I would argue that up and down careers are the most intriguing. The newest member of the…

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A Letter to Padres Fans

January 16, 2017

Dear Padres fans, I, like most of you, have been watching the Padres ever since I got into baseball. As a fan base, we’ve been through it all. We witnessed one of the greatest hitters of all time play the game in our uniform for his entire career. We’ve seen one of the best closers ever do his thing, over and over and over again. We have seen, and will…

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San Diego is Now the Padres’ City

January 16, 2017

  It’s January, about halfway between the completion of the World Series and the beginning of the regular season. Nearly two and a half months have passed since the Chicago Cubs closed out the Cleveland Indians in the seventh game of the World Series. In just about a month, players will be reporting to spring training, with less than three months until the start of the baseball season. For San…

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Padres Ink Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte to Contract Extensions

January 13, 2017

Update: The Padres have officially agreed to basic terms with Myers on a six year deal worth $83 million that includes an option year. In additional news, the Padres also have inked Yangervis Solarte to a contract extension through 2018 that also includes club options for 2019 and 2020. For Solarte, the deal will earn him $7.5 million over the next two seasons, and an additional $13.5 million if both team…

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The San Diego Padres 2017 Bullpen Could Surprise You

January 12, 2017

  A bullpen is one of the most underrated components of a MLB franchise. The bullpen can make or break a team and we have witnessed it before. The 2016 Cleveland Indians came a game away from a World Series title, arguably due to the effort put in by Andrew Miller and company. Another great example of a bullpen that has made a team relevant is the recent San Francisco…

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Should the Padres Consider Signing RHP Doug Fister?

January 9, 2017

The San Diego Padres quest for starting pitching has entered its final stages in preparation for the 2017 season. In recent days, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports News indicated that the Padres are still “kicking the tires” on some veteran pitchers for the 2017 rotation, and among the potential players of interest is veteran right-handed hurler, Doug Fister. Fister is coming off a season, in Houston, where he started 32 games…

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Will Jabari Blash Smash or Crash in 2017?

January 7, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that Jabari Blash was a hot topic among San Diego Padres fans and analysts. On December 10, 2016, the Padres announced that they had acquired outfielder Blash from the Oakland Athletics as the player to be named later to complete their December 2, 2015 trade for infielder Yonder Alonso. It was part of the same trade that brought LHP Drew Pomeranz over to San Diego,…

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Goose Gossage Signed on This Date in 1984 by Padres

January 6, 2017

  The history of the San Diego Padres was forever changed on this date 23 years ago, as the team signed free agent Rich “Goose” Gossage. On January 6th 1984, the San Diego Padres won the sweepstakes for the ace reliever. Although the Padres did not offer the most money or service years, the veteran reliever wanted a chance to help guide a developing franchise. He chose the Padres. Gossage…

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A Brief Scouting Report on New Padres’ Hurler Tyrell Jenkins

January 3, 2017

  The San Diego Padres are at it again. The team has claimed Tyrell Jenkins from the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres are now the right-handed pitcher’s fourth organization in just under a month, as he was traded from the Braves to the Rangers in early December, then claimed off waivers by the Reds just before Christmas Day. The Reds recently signed RHP Drew Storen and needed to clear room on…

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My Top-5 “Must-Watch” Padres for the 2017 Season

January 3, 2017

  I have watched the game of baseball since I was five years old. The love for the game that I have is something that will never leave my heart. Ever since I discovered baseball, I have loved the San Diego Padres immensely. From the Jake Peavy and Brian Giles days, to the Kyle Blanks and Heath Bell era, my love for the Padres has never changed. For the first…

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