It’s Christmas Eve on the Taco Train, Padre Fans

December 17, 2017

They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me I can’t help it if I’m lucky – Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind I can’t help it if I’m not feeling a little lucky these days. I’m like a kid with a huge tree in the living room and lots of presents underneath, each…


Would it be the End of the World if the Padres Kept Chase Headley in 2018?

December 15, 2017

The Padres acquired former Padre Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell on Tuesday from the Yankees for Jabari Blash. Clearly, the team wanted to acquire a team-controlled pitcher with some potential, while washing their hands of Blash. In doing so, they also ended up taking on Chase Headley and his $13 million salary. The initial reaction of many was that the Padres had erred in this transaction. Why on earth…


Is the “Tank” Over For the San Diego Padres?

December 12, 2017

The “tank” has been a buzz-word utilized by Padre fans for the 2017 season. Most of which, at least to start the season, were in agreement that it would be acceptable if the Friars lost 100 games and had a shot at the top draft pick, dropping themselves to the bottom of the baseball “fish tank” if you will. My definition of “tanking” means the Padres are to make no…


San Diego Padres Organizational Review: An Introduction

November 7, 2017

Halloween has come and gone, the Houston Astros are World Series Champions, and all is right with the world. Well, except for the whole “Padres being bad” thing. But that seems to be going in the right direction. Coming off a 2017 season in which the Padres won 71 games and finished fourth in a very good National League West, it’s clear the Padres still have work to do to…


PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Hector Sanchez

November 6, 2017

Granted free agency on December 2, 2016, former San Francisco Giant Hector Sanchez was ready to contribute for another team in 2017. However, San Diego would not let their solid backup catcher leave, as Preller resigned the 27-year-old for an extremely affordable $750,000 year, and an arbitration period arising next year. With his inclusion on the Padres’ active 25-man roster, the city carried a shocking four catchers: Austin Hedges, Luis…


Taco Train Update: Learning to Fly

October 24, 2017

  Watching the Astros slay the Yankees, one is reminded that, for most teams, it’s a long road towards the ultimate prize. The Cubs bottomed out consistently before ascending to where they are now. The Astros were the worst team in all of baseball for three years running, and followed that up with a 90+ loss season, before ascending. Many smug, self-serving analysts argue the Astros are where they are…


Taco Train Update: Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

October 8, 2017

Even the losers (get lucky sometimes) – Tom Petty, RIP There’s a long-distance train rolling through the rain Tears on the letter I write – Bob Dylan, Where Are You Tonight? So, another one in the can. All that’s left to be done is to edit the highlights, ruminate over the lowlights, and pour over the numbers. Yes, there’s always the numbers to be poured over. It could have been…


Grading the 2017 San Diego Padres Coaching Staff

October 7, 2017

The 2017 San Diego Padres exceeded expectations, despite finishing 20 games under .500. Their record was 71-91. It’s strange to say that a team that finished 33 games behind the winner of their division, and 16 games behind the winner of the second wild card team, exceeded expectations. However, it is fair, and accurate, to say that about the 2017 Padres. Before the season began, mainstream sports media predicted this…


Where Does Travis Jankowski’s Future with the Padres Lie?

September 22, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ 2017 September call ups have arrived. There really weren’t too many surprising moves made as the team brought up a handful of players from triple-A El Paso, once their season had ended. Notable call ups have included infielder Carlos Villanueva, catcher Rocky Gale, pitcher Tim Melville, and unsurprisingly, outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Along with the aforementioned players, came a curious addition/ omission scenario.The Padres finally chose to…


Padres “Taco Train” Update: Bound for Glory

September 7, 2017

This train is bound for glory, this train – 1920s American gospel song as sung by Woody Guthrie What began as a whisper has become a drumbeat. What started out as a far-fetched notion, has crept slowly into reach. What began in the middle of last year as a far-off dream has turned into full-fledged substance, tangible. The Taco Train is bound for glory. We’re one step closer every day….


We Are Presently in The Birth of Padres Nation

September 6, 2017

The San Diego Sports scene is begging for a winner. With the city’s other professional franchise (that shall remain nameless) now playing in the rival city of Los Angeles, fans are certainly starved for a winner. The San Diego Padres have more pressure now than they have ever had to succeed. The team plays in one of the best venues in all of professional sports and are signed to play…


To Tank or Not to Tank, That is the Question

September 5, 2017

You have probably heard enough about the Padres “tanking” possibilities, but I’m going to hit on this topic one more time. The principle behind the tank is very simple. Essentially, if you are not a playoff team, it makes little sense to finish higher in the standings, as that earns you a lower selection in the following year’s draft. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well it is not all that simple….