Padres Minor League Spotlight: Jose Rondon

April 21, 2015

The San Diego Padres minor league spotlight points towards young shortstop Jose Rondon. He could be the shortstop of the future for the team if he can develop a little more in the offensive category. The right handed hitting infielder is currently in Lake Elsinore playing high A-ball. In 37 at bats this season Rondon is hitting .351 with a .442 on base percentage. He needs to establish himself as…

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Padres News: Does Solarte Deserve to Play Instead of Gyroko?

April 20, 2015

The off-season for the San Diego Padres was memorable as A.J. Preller totally overhauled an offense that was abysmal to watch. Closely watching Padres games last season the whole team just seemed lost at the plate. Everyone on the whole team except for maybe Seth Smith and Yangervis Solarte were consistent easy outs. Will Venable and Chase Headley both regressed and Carlos Quentin was hurt as usual. Seth Smith was…

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Padres News: Yonder Alonso, Breakout Year?

April 19, 2015

The San Diego Padres have been waiting for production from their first baseman Yonder Alonso for a couple of years. Ever since he was acquired in a deal for Mat Latos the expectations have been high, yet he has never put it all together. Alonso has started off the 2015 season with confidence and has turned a few heads in Padreland. With a .355 batting average and a .459 on…

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Padres Editorial: These are Not Your Fathers Padres

April 18, 2015

The San Diego Padres team has shown great chemistry thus far in only 11 games. Friday’s come from behind victory against the Chicago Cubs was something rarely seen from past Padres teams. As James Shields had a minor meltdown with a bad throw to first and a wild pitch/passed ball, I still had a sense that this team had this. Last season to have a melt down like that, would…

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Padres Special: San Diego Padres Franchise Four

April 17, 2015

This season Major League Baseball is doing something really special for the fans. Each teams fans are voting for each franchises top four players in history. The San Diego Padres have Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Steve Garvey, Nate Colbert, Jake Peavy, Trevor Hoffman and Randy Jones as the named final eight participants. Though it is worth noting that any player may be voted for any franchise as a write in…

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Padres Minor League Spotlight: Michael Gettys

April 17, 2015

We here at East Village Times appreciate the minor league system. Today, the San Diego Padres minor league spotlight falls on Michael Gettys. The speedy, center fielder from Gainesville Georgia is very raw but possesses the tools to be successful in the major leagues. The Padres drafted Gettys with their second pick in the June amateur draft. As a High School senior he batted .372 with nine homers, seven doubles…

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Padres News: Wil Myers Proving Critics Wrong

April 16, 2015

  The San Diego Padres offense was dramatically changed this off-season. With all the offensive players added to the team, there was an immediate concern over who would play center field. Matt Kemp has a gold glove there from 2011, but he is clearly not capable of playing it on an every day basis. Wil Myers was deemed the starting center fielder just before spring training, and he immediately embraced…

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Padres Special: Craig Kimbrel Latest in History of Great Closers for San Diego Padres

April 15, 2015

I am not sure if any other team has a history of closers like the San Diego Padres. The Padres have two relievers in Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage presently in the Baseball Hall-Of-Fame. Trevor Hoffman is sure to be included once eligible in 2016. The vote is this summer and hopefully Hoffman will be included with long time great Ken Griffey Jr. With Hoffman’s induction, that would give the…

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Padres Special: Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

April 15, 2015

The San Diego Padres like every other major league baseball team retired the number 42. No other major league player in the history of the game may where that number again. In 1997 on the 5oth anniversary of breaking the baseball color barrier, MLB decided to honor Robinson by retiring his number on every team. Only major leaguers who currently wore the number could retain it. New York Yankees star closer…

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Padres Editorial: James Shields Has Been Great For the Padres

April 14, 2015

The offensive upgrading that A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres organization accomplished during the off-season was extraordinary. Adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Will Middlebrooks and Derek Norris provided instant credibility to a horribly inept offensive team. These upgrades alone would make the Padres instant contenders for a playoff spot. Then the team went out and signed James Shields, perhaps because they were tired of negotiating for Cole…

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Padres News: Where is San Diego Padres Pitcher Kevin Quackenbush?

April 14, 2015

  San Diego Padres fans are all asking the same question. Where is Kevin Quackenbush? Did we trade him in the off-season? Is he hurt? Well the answer is quite simple. With the addition of Craig Kimbrel on the day before the Padres first game, Quackenbush was deemed expendable and sent to Triple-A El Paso. With the recent struggles of Nick Vincent and Shawn Kelley, the time is probably now…

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Padres News: Will Middlebrooks Has Solidified Padres Infield Early On

April 13, 2015

The addition of Will Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres was pretty much under the radar in the off-season make over. While Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields stole the spotlight as far as acquisitions go, Middlebrooks is proving to be a noteworthy addition to the team. Most Padres fans knew of the former Boston Redsox slugger, but they probably were unaware of the intangibles he brings to the game….

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