• Blake Hunt Interview- Early Adjustments Have Paid Dividends
  • Franchy Cordero Interview: Love For the Glove
  • Mason House Interview: Arriving Late to the Party
  • Interview with Michel Baez: Cuban Fireballer Assesses His Performance
  • Rod Boykin Interview: Making Waves With the Storm

12 Years Ago Today, the 2005 N.L. West Champion Padres Were Crowned

12 years ago today, the Padres clinched their first division title and playoff spot since 1998. They actually clinched the N.L. West with a 79-79 record, the lowest winning percentage for a clinching division champion in major league history. The 2005 Padres finished 82-80. Jake Peavy was the ace of the staff. He finished the year 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA with a National League-leading 216 strikeouts. Brian Giles had…

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The San Antonio Missions

In this sixth piece detailing the Padres’ minor league system, we take a look at the San Antonio Missions. The Missions were a team that dominated the Texas League from start to finish in the regular season. They headed into the playoffs as favorites, but were unable to get past the Mission Rock Hounds, despite being up 2-1 in the series and up late in game four. It was a…

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Tijuana Xolos Liga MX AP 17 Week 11 Recap: Tigres Get Unjust Victory at Estadio Caliente

The Tijuana Xolos played their 10th game of the Liga MX Apertura 2017 this Tuesday, Sept. 26, hosting Tigres UANL at the Estadio Caliente. The game was set to be one of the best games in the eleventh round of matches in the Liga MX as both teams were living great moments and have very solid sides. The kickoff was set for 9:15 P.M. PST, which did affect the attendance…

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Will Padres Look to Free Agency in 2018?

With the San Diego Padres still several years away from competing, there are a couple of players that should be of interest to them heading into 2018. These players could potentially help establish that elusive “winning culture” that San Diegans are clamoring for. There are a plethora of names being discussed as future pieces for the next great Padre team. Fernando Tatis Jr., Hudson Potts, and Luis Urias are just…

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Friars of the Past: Andy Benes Selected Number 1 Overall by Padres

Andy Benes was a 6-foot-6, 240-pound pitcher, a young kid that scouts called “a Roger Clemens in shoulder pads.” In 1988, the San Diego Padres drafted him No. 1 overall in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Benes was a junior at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, when the Padres drafted him. During that junior season at Evansville, Benes had a 16-3 record, with 13 complete games and…

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Tijuana Xolos Liga MX AP 17 Week 11 Preview: Xolos Host the Best Team On the Continent?

Game: Tijuana Xolos vs Tigres UANL When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 Where: Estadio Caliente Time: 9:15 P.M. PST TV: Univision Deportes The Liga MX was postponed this last weekend due to a massive earthquake that has caused major death and destruction in and around Mexico City. This week, the league is back in full swing, and will have some midweek action as well. The Xolos will have a very tough…

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The Rashaad Penny Heisman Train Keeps Rolling

There is a familiar school, yet again, near the top of the FBS rushing leader standings. This year, instead of now Philadelphia Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey, the rusher is San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. The 21-year-old had another stellar performance against Air Force despite terrible conditions and a lightning delay. He racked up 128 yards and had three rushing touchdowns. He also broke a 53-yard run in the game…

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The Lake Elsinore Storm

RECORD:  First Half (35-35): 3rd in Cal League South Division Second Half (29-41): 5th in Cal League South Division STARTING ROTATION: The Lake Elsinore Storm entered 2017 with high hopes for their starting rotation. Although top prospect Anderson Espinoza was shut down just a few days prior to the Padres Opening Day (and eventually had TJ surgery), the starting rotation was by far the best part of the team in…

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Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…

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Despite the Lightning, Aztecs Survive Tough Test in Colorado & Beat Air Force 28-24

Colorado Springs, Colorado Fresh off two emotional victories against Pac-12 opponents, the San Diego State Aztecs found themselves in a potential “trap” game, against a fierce Air Force Falcons team that had just gone toe to toe with Michigan. The Falcons lost their game last week, but they performed well on the road against the Wolverines. The Colorado skies opened up on Saturday as weather forecasters called for rain and…

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Aviles Hurtado’s Wonder Bicycle Kick Nominated for FIFA Puskás Award

Aviles Hurtado offered several memorable moments for Club Tijuana and Xolos’ fans but none come close to the spectacular bicycle kick the Colombian executed against Atlas in the Clausura 2017. The 14th minute was about to strike at the Estadio Jalisco as Joe Corona delivered a corner kick that found Aviles Hurtado. The Colombian forward did the unthinkable and in between three of Atlas’ defenders found space to conduct a…

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