Allen Cordoba & His Impressive Start

April 23, 2017

Entering the 2017 season, there was a position battle at shortstop, like there is seemingly every other year. This time, the battle was between Luis Sardinas and Erick Aybar. Erick Aybar ultimately won the job, sending Sardinas to a utility role. During said position battle, there was a third option that nobody even thought was in the conversation. He received some at bats, but rarely got the start for the…

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The San Diego Padres 2020 Potential 25-Man Roster

April 19, 2017

Yes, the Padres have the lowest payroll in the MLB. And yes, the Padres are paying players on other teams more than the players on their own team. And yes, the Padres have the second-youngest team in baseball. But yes, these are also all positive things for the 2020 season. MLB Pipeline rated the Padres farm system as the fourth best in all of baseball. That is incredible, considering general…

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The Future Of Yangervis Solarte

April 17, 2017

Since breaking into the major leagues in 2014, at the age of 26, Padres’ second baseman, Yangervis Solarte, has only gotten better, or at least he has performed better each and every year. Despite putting in great seasons at the minor league level, putting together a career minor league batting average of .289, he bounced from the Twins to the Rangers to the Yankees before getting his break, going on a tear,…

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The Youthful Padres Are Going to Have Fun in 2017

April 16, 2017

There is going to be a common theme with the 2017 San Diego Padres. They will have fun. Manager Andy Green is not known for being fun-loving, but the second-year manager has certainly shown that he is not opposed to letting his ball players be themselves. Each individual within the team is welcome to display their personality, as long as they play they game the correct way. Early in 2016,…

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Notes from the Padres “Taco Train”

April 15, 2017

As the Taco Train pulled out of the station in the last ten days picking up passengers and headed to the New Jerusalem, it’s not too early to compare notes, to heed scribblings from the random and assorted. As of this writing, the Padres stand five and six, a minor miracle considering we opened with four on the road at the high rolling Dodgers, three at home against the wild…

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Stop Supporting the Tank, Padre Fans

April 11, 2017

Padre fans hoping for their team to lose is starting to piss me off. For a little context here, I joined Twitter about five years ago. Hundreds of Padre fans beat me to the punch, which turned out to be fortuitous for me. I got to select from the buffet of Padre-related Twitter accounts. Let me see, I’ll grab a few bloggers, a scoop of stats guys, one each of…

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The Times Other Teams Got Padres-ish

April 3, 2017

Ah, opening day. For baseball fans, today’s season opener is one of the best days of the year. As the old adage goes, every team is in first. Hundreds of thousands of fans will walk through the turnstiles or flip on the TV thinking “Hey, this could be our year.” Maybe you even feel this way right here in America’s Finest City (bless your optimistic soul). Spoiler alert: 2017 will…

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I Haven’t Given Up Yet (Padre Edition)

March 29, 2017

We live in a cynical, know-it all, data based, scientific, materialist world. Everyone is an expert, nobody is a sheep. Talking heads seem to get paid by the word, 24/7 cable seems to get paid by the talking head. Santa Claus is nothing but a tooth fairy, Cinderella lost both her slippers. It’s a dreary business. It’s as if spring never gets to spring and summer doesn’t get to bloom….

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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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