Padres Shortstop Search Could End with Detroit Tigers

March 11, 2017

As spring training evaluations and player and prospect(s) showcasing continues to narrow down competition for the San Diego Padres, they remain interested in upgrading their shortstop candidates. According to Jon Heyman of, the Padres are searching for a shortstop, and he notes that their preference would be a player that is controlled beyond 2017. The Padres have, of course, signed Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, but his…


Nate Colbert’s Record-Setting Performance in 1972 Still Mostly Ignored by Club

March 10, 2017

In my last piece, I wrote about Eric Show, and how he is rarely mentioned, despite being the franchise leader in wins, with 100. In this piece, I will talk about another player who has one of the most extraordinary feats in all of Major League Baseball, yet it isn’t championed by the San Diego Padres’ organization. Padres slugger,¬†Nate Colbert, holds a record in Major League Baseball. On August 1,…


Update on the Padres Shortstop Situation

March 8, 2017

  The Padres’ difficulty in finding even an average MLB shortstop has been well-documented in recent years. It seems like it has been a haunted position for the Padres¬†for the past decade, sans a few seasons (2007 with Khalil Greene, 2013 with Everth Cabrera). Entering spring training, Luis Sardinas was obviously a clear favorite to be the Padres’ everyday shortstop in 2017. Three weeks and eleven games in, that has…


Friar Freestyle: A Trip Down Padres’ Memory Lane

March 7, 2017

All this talk about uniforms and bringing back the brown. Me? I’d rather bring some former San Diego Padres back to town. When we mention players in Padres’ history, we speak of Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, or Ken Caminiti. But when is the last time you seen Craig Shipley, Woody Williams or Alan Embree? Those are names we don’t hear mentioned often. Another one is Rod Beck (RIP), who won…


The Case for Jabari Blash to Open the Season with Padres

March 5, 2017

Last spring, Padres’ fans were having this conversation: Is Jabari Blash a serviceable player at the big league level? Well this spring, it turns out we are having that same conversation, and I am here to make the case for Jabari Blash to make the opening day roster for the 2017 San Diego Padres. #Blashtoff is gaining momentum. We all know this season is a rebuilding year for the Padres,…


How Will the Padres Bullpen Look Come Opening Day

March 3, 2017

While there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the San Diego Padres’ starting rotation, the bullpen may be an area of strength for the club in 2017. The rotation may not feature a host of known inning-eaters, but at least it appears that there will be a competent relief corps to hold the staff up. One of the most encouraging decisions that the team made during the off-season was…


Adrian Morejon’s Path to the Padres

February 28, 2017

  Ever since the July 2nd MLB International Signing Day, arguably no team has been busier, or as financially committed as the San Diego Padres. On the first day alone, the Padres scooped up a bundle of heralded international prospects, including three out of the top six. They did not stop there, though. They have been constantly active since that July 2 date, signing and adding talent from all over…


Austin Hedges Will Have Huge Effect on Padres’ Pitching Staff

February 26, 2017

Some would say the San Diego Padres pitching staff will be one of the worst in MLB this year. In fact, USA Today ranked the Padres hurlers dead last in the entire league for the upcoming season. To that, I say, rubbish. The reason being… Austin Hedges. Whoever makes the club as a starter, whether it is Luis Perdomo, Clayton Richard, Jered Weaver, Jarred Cosart, Jhoulys Chacin, Christian Friedrich, Trevor…


Mason Thompson Interview- Wise Beyond His Years

February 25, 2017

A.J. Preller has taken a bunch of criticism from the national media recently. Though some might question his prior techniques when it comes to medical records and such, there will never be a question about his ability to evaluate talent. He has the scout’s eye when it comes to judging players and their abilities, and for that, he should be commended. The Padres held the 85th overall pick in the…


Bring Back the Padres’ Pinstripes

February 24, 2017

  One of the things debated most by Padre fans is how the uniform should look. Of course, part of the reason for this debate is that a significant portion of the fan base want to see the brown uniform permanently return. Another reason for the debate is that ownership just can’t seem to decide on a pattern and stay with it. Since 2004, the uniform has gone through so…


Remembering the Padres First Beat Writer Phil Collier

February 24, 2017

On February 24th, 2001 the San Diego sports community lost a legend. Phil Collier was gone at the age of 75, after a long battle with cancer. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of San Diegans, as he was pivotal in establishing San Diego as a sports city. The soft-spoken Texan was a true gentleman, and was widely known for the excellent relationship he had with…