Cuban OF Luis Robert Showcase is Today, Padres Will Be Present

March 30, 2017

More than two months ago, I brought you a story on Cuban outfielder, Luis Robert. Even though the Padres have spent over $70 million dollars on the international market, they are surely not done. Last week, the team inked a Cuban left-handed pitcher named Osvaldo Fernandez for $2.5 million dollars. He is 18 and adds to the Padres young depth. Right now it is a great time to be a…

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Luis Perdomo Should Make the Starting Rotation

March 30, 2017

We are now four days away from Opening Day 2017 and it’s getting exciting. This week, the San Diego Padres announced that Jhoulys Chacin will be the Opening Day starter, followed by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver as the first three members of the rotation. It was also announced that Erick Aybar has won the starting job at shortstop and has been officially added to the roster. While some questions…

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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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The San Diego Padres are Sadly Neglecting the Alumni Division

March 28, 2017

The alumni division has arguably been the most neglected area in the history of the San Diego Padres. The Padres Hall Of Fame was a nice touch, but was extremely overdue and seemed rushed solely for all-star game purposes. The fan base sees this. They are not dumb. Presently, there are dozens upon dozens of former Friars that are all but forgotten by the fans, and more importantly, the team….

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 28 with A.J. Cassavell

March 27, 2017

For the return of the EVT Podcast, we welcome back A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com, to the show. Both, Patrick and I wish to apologize for our extended hiatus from the show. Life happens, and with that, certain things had to be put on the back-burner in our busy lives. We both did not want to bring you a product that was half-assed, so we decided no show was better than…

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What’s Up with Jered Weaver?

March 27, 2017

  Jered Weaver has spent the last 11 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, during which he has posted an impressive 150-93 win-loss record, with a 3.55 ERA. However in his last six seasons, Weaver has watched his ERA consecutively grow each season from a 2.41 to a 5.06. Last year, Weaver put up his career-worst in almost every category. His ERA jumped from a 4.64 to the…

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Padres History: The Opening Day Trifecta That Was Wynne, Gwynn & Kruk

March 26, 2017

One of the most exciting spectacles in Major League Baseball, or baseball at any level for that matter, is seeing home runs in sequence. “Back-to-back” is a term we like to use to describe two consecutive hitters “taking a pitcher deep,” another one of baseball’s famous catchphrases. However, something that is much more exciting is going “back-to-back-to-back.” In poker, three of a kind trumps a pair. The same applies to…

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The Return of the Affable Aki Otsuka

March 24, 2017

  Spring training gives the fan a great chance to learn about their favored program. As fans wander around the team’s practice, or attend the various games for the six weeks prior to the beginning of the regular season, they have a chance to run into a variety of big league players, but more importantly, they see many of the organizations’ top prospects, various coaches, and unsigned players as well….

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Padres Rule-5 Draftees Progressing Through Spring Training

March 24, 2017

  When A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres front office decided to “splurge” in the Rule-5 draft last December, a lot of doubt was held pretty much everywhere of the Padres’ ability to keep just one, yet alone all three of their selections. The #1 pick, Miguel Diaz, was the most likely to be kept at the time. Infielder Allen Cordoba and catcher Luis Torrens were seen as long…

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Craig Stammen is Forcing Himself into Padres Bullpen

March 23, 2017

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece detailing the San Diego Padres’ potential opening day bullpen. You can check that out here. Since then, the roster has seen several changes and admittedly, some of my predictions have proved to be slightly off. Craig Stammen is one player in particular that I may have underestimated. He has been exceptionally good over the last few weeks in spring training and it’s…

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Oakland Athletics & San Diego Padres Are an Excellent Match for a Trade

March 22, 2017

The San Diego Padres have acquired Tyson Ross, Derek Norris, and Drew Pomeranz from the Oakland Athletics in the last five years. Is it time for another Athletics/Padres deal? Is no secret that A.J. Preller is aggressive when it comes to making trades. He is not shy. If a deal will improve his club, then he will surely pull the trigger. For the Padres, at the moment, it is all…

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An Early Look at Padres’ 2018-2019 Free Agency Options

March 21, 2017

  Padres’ 2018-2019 Free Agency Shopping. With the Padres’ current payroll at an estimated $55,477,500 for the 2017 season, the team has seen some huge shifts in spending. Whereas two years ago Padres G.M., A.J. Preller, created the largest financial outlay in the team’s history, mainly due to the ill-fated acquisitions of Matt Kemp and James Shields, today there is a more conservative means of building a successful baseball team…

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