Padres Special: All-Star Game History- Five Memorable Padres Moments

July 13, 2015

On Tuesday, Justin Upton will become the 43rd different Padre to represent San Diego at the MLB All-Star Game. Here are five of the most memorable Padre moments in the history of the Midsummer Classic. 5. Heath Bell July 12, 2011, Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ The most recent Padre appearance in an All-Star Game was in 2011 by then-closer Heath Bell. The hard-throwing right-hander retired the only batter he faced,…

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Padres Game Recap: ICYMI Padres Win Final Game Before All-Star Break

July 12, 2015

San Diego Padres 2, Texas Rangers 1 The Padres, behind a strong pitching performance from Tyson Ross and opportunistic offense, took the rubber match 2-1 against the Texas Rangers . The Friars will limp into the All-Star break despite winning the series in Texas, going 4-7 this month. Ross picked up his sixth win of the season going 6.2 innings giving up just three hits. He didn’t allow a home run…

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Padres Editorial: Should the Padres Trade James Shields?

July 12, 2015

With all the rumors swirling around the San Diego Padres and the MLB trade deadline, would the team actually consider trading its ace James Shields. In recent weeks the teams play has been atrocious and Padres management is certainly unhappy with the product on the field. The Padres have been maddening to watch as their play has been inconsistent all season long. In the beginning of the year the Padres…

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ICYMI: Solarte’s Clutch Homerun Lifts Padres In 6-5 Win

July 11, 2015

San Diego Padres 6, Texas Rangers 5 Yangervis Solarte made sure the Padres’ losing streak ended at six. With just two games left before the All-Star break and the Padres reeling, Solarte put, at least temporarily, a smile on fans and players faces for the night. After the Padres starte the ninth inning down two, it looked dim after Andrew Cashner was throw out heading to third on a Melvin…

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Padres Rumors: Twins & Padres Discussing Potential Deal?

July 11, 2015

The Minnesota Twins are in the thick of a play-off race and the team is reportedly looking for bullpen help. The San Diego Padres have some key pitchers that could be attained via trade. Joaquin Benoit, Shawn Kelley, and even Craig Kimbrel could all be acquired by the Twins if they were to pay the Padres asking price. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports writes that the Twins are targeting Benoit as…

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Padres Editorial: Brewer’s Banter

July 10, 2015

When are the trade chips going to start falling? Here we are July 10th and there are still no trades to speak of. We had a few minor trades earlier in the season such as the Mark Trumbo for Welington Castillo swap (a trade that has been a bit of a disaster for the Mariners) but there has yet to be any big game changing trades. By July 4th last…

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Padres Editorial: Will Austin Hedges Ever Hit?

July 10, 2015

Hedges, Hedges, Hedges. For the last several years, Hedges has been one of the San Diego Padres most highly touted prospects and has long been called the Padres “Catcher of the future.” Despite this, even though they did trade away both Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera last offseason, the Padres still went out and got young catcher Derek Norris. If Hedges was so highly touted and was supposed to have…

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Padres Rumors: Blue Jays Interested in Craig Kimbrel

July 10, 2015

The trade winds are starting to blow around San Diego and the Padres are sure to make a splash once again as the trade deadline approaches. The team is rumored to be interested in selling and buying at the deadline. What??? Really??? Both? San Diego Padres management obviously thinks some changes need to be made, and some baseball executives are saying the team could be very active in the next few…

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Padres Editorial: Looking Forward- Jason Heyward

July 9, 2015

As the 2015 season appears to have dissolved for the San Diego Padres, the team must look forward and have a plan for the future. With that being said there is a right fielder who could fit rather nicely on the Padres team. Jason Heyward provides exceptional play on both defense and offense. He is a perennial gold glove caliber right fielder with a plus arm. He also, at the…

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Padres Rumors: Justin Upton an All-Star, But Potential Trade Still Looms

July 9, 2015

The time has come for all San Diego Padres fans to face reality. This season is looking more and more like a disappointment for the team, and worst of all, slugging outfielder Justin Upton is about to be a free agent. He looks to be the only Padres player in the All-Star game (baring a late minute addition due to injury) and his value seems to be increasing by the…

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Padres Editorial: How Important is Pitch Framing?

July 8, 2015

In recent years much has been made about pitch framing and it’s importance to both a catcher’s value and the pitching staff’s performance. With every year comes more and more advanced statistics that measure the performance of all sorts of players in all sorts of scenarios. With the advent of Pitch F/X in 2006, there is now more data about pitchers and pitch location/velocity/movement than ever before. With this influx…

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Padres Editorial: #ThatsSoPadres… Yes, Yasmani Grandal Is a NL All-Star

July 8, 2015

“From what I’ve seen, he receives the ball well and has a nice feel for catching. He looks like a guy who should get better with experience.” – Mike Scioscia “I still think there’s more in there with him. I don’t think people realize how good he was swinging the bat at the end of last year.” – Don Mattingly First, ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Dave Schonenfield and Jim Bowden predicted…

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