35 Years Ago Today Garry Templeton for Ozzie Smith Trade Was Finalized

February 11, 2017

On this date in 1982, the history of two major league franchises was changed forever as Ozzie Smith finally agreed to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after two months of delay. On December 10, 1981, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres agreed on a six-player trade. The Padres traded defensive wizard Ozzie Smith,Al Olmsted, and Steve Mura to the Cardinals for offensive shortstop Garry Templeton, Sixto…

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Jon Jay Adds to the Tradition of Padres One-Year Outfielders

January 10, 2017

** I would first like to thank Bill Center for the information he helped provide in researching this piece. Mr. Center is a true San Diego sports icon, and I feel very blessed to have worked briefly with him on this piece. Thank you Mr. Center, and a tip of the cap to you. This piece initially ran last season, after the loss of Justin Upton to free agency. This…

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A Detailed Look at the Padres’ Minor League Affiliates

January 6, 2017

  The minor leagues are an interesting place. They are obviously not glamorous, nor are they filled with players making multi-millions of dollars a year. For many players, the minor leagues are a struggle. Many minor league stadiums can be in random cities and areas. The Padres have five main affiliates: the Tri-City Dust Devils, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Lake Elsinore Storm, San Antonio Missions, and El Paso Chihuahuas. All five…

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36 Years Ago Today Padres’ History Changed

December 15, 2016

In the 47-year existence of the San Diego Padres, there are quite a few moments that really hurt. Losing two World Series was rough for the fans and franchise, there is no doubt. Also, there was the team’s potential move to Washington D.C. in the 70’s, which was a difficult moment in history. Another tough moment was the passing of two Padres’ legends, Tony Gwynn and Jerry Coleman, in 2014. Still,…

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“Why I am Thankful for the San Diego Padres”

November 24, 2016

In this day of giving thanks for everything we have in life, it is time to recognize the little things, like our beloved sports teams. Yes, both the Chargers and Padres are responsible for many heartaches throughout their time in San Diego. Both franchises have failed to bring a Championship to America’s Finest City, but we still support them with hope of one day hoisting a World Title. It shall…

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Padres’ Future is Bright, Just Ask Doug Bochtler

November 12, 2016

It is clear that the San Diego Padres are going through an organizational change. A replacement in philosophies was needed to rejuvenate this dormant franchise and turn around the fan base. It is happening currently, and most fans are aware of the new regime and their goals. When you speak to certain personnel within the Padres organization you get a sense of comfort, a sense of relief about this ball…

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The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert

October 12, 2016

The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert by Mike Clark It’s no secret that the beginning years of the San Diego Padres were some very lean years. Withstanding the misfortune of the woebegone years flowing through the early 1970’s, there were some clear bright spots. Nate Colbert was definitely one of those, if not the brightest. Mr. Colbert was selected 18th overall in the 1968 MLB expansion draft from the…

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The Padres are Powered by Tacos, Faith & Trains

September 28, 2016

After I wrote a few times about the Taco Train this summer a friend called and said, “I’m enjoying your pieces, Scott, but why do you call it a Taco Train? Is it because San Diegans love Mexican food?” It was then I realized I hadn’t properly elucidated my thoughts about the Taco Train. So allow me to step back. The origination of the Taco Train does not derive from…

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Military Sunday & The Padres Legendary “Camo’s”

September 12, 2016

It’s another bright, cloudless blue-skied, sunny San Diego Sunday afternoon, hopefully with that great cool ocean breeze. The grass at Petco Park, in its alternating shades of green rows, which sometimes are straight, other times slightly crossing, are crisp and sparkling. The brownish hue from the dirt radiates. The senses, as you walk up to the field from the north side entrance, above the beach in right field, are completely…

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Padres Special: The A.J. Preller Era- ALL 30 Trades Reviewed

August 9, 2016

When the San Diego Padres hired A.J. Preller in August of 2014, the team knew he would make changes. The ownership group knew that he would likely bring his own philosophy. With that thought process, he would bring in players that fit the mold that the young G.M. is trying to produce. Deals would be made as the team attempted to build a winning tradition. He wasted no time in…

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Padres Special: Remembering Ken Caminiti New Padres HOF Member

August 6, 2016

Today the San Diego Padres are inducting Ken Caminiti into the Padres hall-of-fame. The third baseman was the heart and soul of the team while he played on it and he is greatly missed by his peers. In the 46-year history of the San Diego Padres the team has had only one MVP. That honor goes to Ken Caminiti who was a very capable leader, but had many unforeseen issues…

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Padres Special: Preview of the Future San Diego Padres Lineup & Rotation

August 4, 2016

It’s been ten years, a whole decade, since the San Diego Padres made an appearance in the postseason. For us Padres fans, it’s been a very long stretch. We’ve seen good players come to San Diego only to be traded. We’ve seen disasters, and we’ve even seen some pretty bad baseball. The question then becomes: When will the Padres make the postseason and bring the love of baseball back to…

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