The Troubled Talent That Was Eric Show

March 1, 2017

Of all the players who have worn a Padres’ uniform, one of the more prominent players talked about the least is Eric Show. The reason for the lack of attention given to Show could be due to his life outside baseball. He was a controversial figure, often viewed today as a tortured soul who struggled with drug addiction and the remnants of a childhood filled with emotional, psychological, and physical…

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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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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: 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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Padres Special: EVT Heads to the Midway Classic

June 21, 2016

The San Diego Padres A-Ball affiliate in the California League, the Lake Elsinore Storm hosted a unique home run derby on the deck of the USS Midway. The “Midway Classic” was the first of its kind in which a full home run derby was held on the deck of a U.S. military ship. East Village Times was lucky enough to be in attendance and the event was very memorable. The…

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