Padres Rotation is Coming Into Focus & Other News/Notes

March 17, 2017

Just last week here at East Village Times, I wrote a four-part series detailing the San Diego Padres’ rotation options, and who looked to be in line to earn a spot this spring of 2017. Over the last week since then, the rotation has come into clearer focus. As it currently stands, it appears the trio of Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin, and Clayton Richard have all more or less earned…

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A Look at the Padres Non-Roster Spring Training Invites

February 20, 2017

  February might seriously be the most boring time of the year for a baseball fan. The Christmas holiday has just passed, football season is over, and baseball is on the verge of pitchers and catchers reporting. As boring as February can be, it is a sign that baseball is right around the corner. With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, it is only a matter of weeks before we…

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Is A.J. Preller on The Hot Seat?

February 16, 2017

After two seasons as GM, A.J. Preller’s main contributions have been trades that were scrutinized, either because they didn’t work, or they involved some less than forthright disclosure of injury information. Both have been written about more than enough, notably by national baseball writers that don’t seem to enjoy saying anything nice about the Padres. Fans of Preller focus more on the newly revamped farm system that is one of…

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Fake Prediction: The Padres Will Win the World Series in 2017

February 10, 2017

  People see me all the time and they just can’t remember how to act Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at I couldn’t believe after all these years, you didn’t know me better than that – Idiot Wind, Bob Dylan I woke up on the roadside, daydreamin’ ’bout the way things sometimes are…

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A Look at the Padres 2017 Coaching Staff

February 5, 2017

  It’s morning time for the rebuilding San Diego Padres. For the last few seasons there’s been a lot of “out with the old and in with the new.” Since 2014 there has been a stream of youthfulness that has taken a hold of the franchise, starting with the hiring of a young, first-time general manager in A.J. Preller. Before the 2016 season the team hired a young, first-time manager…

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Yangervis Solarte a Possible Utility Man?

February 1, 2017

The San Diego Padres have a lot of options entering spring training regarding their 25-man roster. There are some open spots that will result in a few competitions during the spring. Arguably the most intriguing spot, in a potential position battle, is second base. Ryan Schimpf, Cory Spangenberg, and Carlos Asuaje are all deserving candidates. Each should see some playing time at the position during the season. All three of…

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The San Diego Padres’ Secret Weapon

January 31, 2017

The San Diego Padres weren’t good in 2016. Despite their best efforts, they weren’t even good in 2015 after a hectic off-season filled with trading by then new general manager, A.J. Preller. In fact, the Padres haven’t really been objectively good since 2010, their last winning season, and haven’t made a postseason appearance since way back in 2006. Going into 2017, the Padres are once again not expected to be…

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Is Jhoulys Chacin a Lock as a Starter for the Padres in 2017?

January 27, 2017

The word on the street is that the San Diego Padres may be fielding Major League Baseball’s weakest starting rotation in 2017. Some critics even claim that this rotation will be exceptionally bad. The worst seen in years. Could this be accurate? On paper, maybe. It’s true, if nothing exceptional happens with this rotation during the upcoming season, it might be bad. If there are no breakout performances or veteran…

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The Curious Case of the 2017 San Diego Padres

January 8, 2017

  Spring training is just around the corner for the 2017 San Diego Padres along with the rest of the other 29 Major League Baseball clubs. In this article, I have some things about the 2017 San Diego Padres that I would like to think out loud about. This is an article that is 100% reliant on my thoughts and opinions rather than statistical analysis, so be forewarned! The Curious…

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Five Small Stars in a Dark Sky – Christmas Hope for Padres Fans

December 10, 2016

Nobody at East Village Times has been a harsher critic of the San Diego Padres than I have. I have my reasons, and you can read about them in “A Reality Check on the Padres’ Future” and “Losing is a Disease.” I remain a staunch skeptic of the approach ownership is taking. After much deliberation, I reluctantly renewed my season tickets for another season—knowing I’m going to watch carnage on the field…

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Padres PNO (Positives Negatives Outlook) Austin Hedges

November 22, 2016

The San Diego Padres have solid depth at the catching position presently, a position that is weak around the league. Derek Norris, Austin Hedges, Christian Bethancourt, and Hector Sanchez are all capable of starting a major league baseball game behind the dish. Norris is presently the starting catcher, but there are tons of rumors swirling that the Padres are looking to move him this off-season. If and when Norris is…

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Things to Look Forward to in 2017: Luis Perdomo & His Progression

November 16, 2016

Luis Perdomo. A man who posted a 5.71 ERA in the 2016 season. Just how exciting can that be? His numbers make him look as promising as the original Luis Perdomo, the Padres pitcher from 2009. Well, he is the perfect example that stats do not tell the full story on just how good a player is or has the potential to be. Luis Perdomo started off as a Rule-5…

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