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…

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Hunter Renfroe is Mr. September

September 21, 2017

  The San Diego Padres are not in a pennant chase right now. There will be no wild card spot for the Friars in the 2017 season. We all knew that coming into the year, and that is fine. The progression this franchise has made with its minor leagues is enough to create excitement within the normally docile fan base. Players like Fernando Tatis, Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi and Michel…

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Framing the Friars: Renfroe Sets New Franchise Rookie Home Run Record, Then Sets it Again

September 20, 2017

  San Diego, California Records were broken, and one more was tied, during the San Diego Padres’ series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 20. Arizona won the game 13-7 and avoided the sweep, after the Padres won the first two games in the series. Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs. His first dinger set a new franchise record for home runs in a season. His third blast tied…

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Jose Pirela Has Been Simply Amazing

September 9, 2017

On November 11th, 2015, the Padres completed a deal with the New York Yankees. In an effort to gain infield depth, the Friars dealt minor league right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera to the Yankees for Jose Pirela. The infielder had spent nine years with New York, after being signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela. Pirela hit 72 home runs and stole 148 bases during his span (winter league stats included)…

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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….

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Heading to the Finish Line with the Padres’ Rule-5 Players

August 25, 2017

It’s becoming increasingly more likely that the San Diego Padres will be a 70-plus win team by season’s end. That’s a far cry from the preseason predictions that tagged the team as a mere 60 game winner and the worst in the league. Now the team is poised to potentially end up closer to the bottom-middle of the pack. Some fans would argue that this is not an ideal situation….

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Was Extending Andy Green the Right Decision?

August 24, 2017

On Sunday, August 13, San Diego extended the contract of Andy Green. The extension effectively makes Green the manager of the Friars through the 2021 season. A modest unknown before getting hired by San Diego, Green was a surprise hire. Once a versatile player, Green played four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets. After failing to be a successful major leaguer, he retired from baseball after the 2009…

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Luis Perdomo Continues to Be An Enigma

August 18, 2017

This past Sunday, I sat in the stands of Dodger Stadium surrounded by Dodger faithful who were hyped for their playoff-bound team to take the field. The ballpark had a vibe I have not seen in San Diego for quite some time. While my expectations remained rational for the rebuilding Padres, I was still hopeful that the good guys could steal a win and the series from the best team…

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Is Dusty Coleman Here to Stay?

August 11, 2017

San Diego Padres shortstop Dusty Coleman took a day off on Thursday afternoon after five straight starts. This break for Coleman came on the heels of an 0-3 night at the plate on Wednesday, during an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. I first became aware of Coleman during spring training. I saw the squad play the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona on March 18th. During that…

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Seven Reasons to Keep Watching the Padres

August 9, 2017

As I type this, the Padres are currently 49-62 and fresh off the heels of an 11-3 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Yeah, not all that fun. The Padres have been playing decent baseball for the last few months, but part of that has been due to luck. Their run differential is by far the worst in the big leagues, at -143. They are an even thirty games behind…

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Should the Padres Play Yangervis Solarte at Shortstop?

July 29, 2017

For the second half of the 2017 season, the Padres were expected to use Erick Aybar at short. However, after suffering through a foul ball off his foot on July 22, the former Angel is no longer an option. As a result, Allen Córdoba and veteran minor leaguer Dusty Coleman have taken over. With neither serving as servicable everyday regulars, San Diego has come up with the idea to have…

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The Progression of Austin Hedges has Been Impressive

July 16, 2017

It’s kind of hard to believe that the 2017 baseball season is already at the halfway point. I have to admit, this one feels like it’s gone by pretty fast. That may not be such a bad thing seeing as the team is nowhere near contention, which perfectly aligns with expectations. I’m sure that every San Diego Padres fan would love to possess a remote control that would allow them…

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