Is Ryan Schimpf’s Breakout Sustainable?

April 4, 2017

With Opening Day finally here, there are a lot of questions surrounding the Padres. Given how barebones the 2017 roster is, it’s hard to see how things will turn out in San Diego. Now that the 25-man roster has been set, it’s more clear who the Padres will trust in 2017. The most interesting roster decision of all was the Padres handing the third base job to Ryan Schimpf, sending…

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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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Is it Time to Bring Back Melvin?

April 1, 2017

Is it time to bring Melvin Back? He certainly had some magical moments in a Padres’ uniform. Take a look for yourself. On Saturday evening, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that former Padre, Melvin Upton Jr., would not make the Blue Jays’ opening day roster. Upton Jr., who hit .256/.304/.439 with a 1.4 WAR in the first half of 2016 in San Diego, slashed an underwhelming .196/.261/.318 in 165 plate appearances…

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All Eyes on Hunter Renfroe

April 1, 2017

With the thirteenth pick in the 2013 draft, the San Diego Padres selected outfielder Hunter Renfroe from Mississippi State. The team had used this pick in hopes that the big-bodied outfielder would continue the success he had throughout the 2013 season at Mississippi State, where Renfroe hit 16 home runs in 66 games, posting a .345 batting average and driving in 65 runs. On top of a solid offensive attack,…

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San Diego Padres History: A Glimpse at All 11 Opening Day Games vs the Los Angeles Dodgers

April 1, 2017

The San Diego Padres biggest rival is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team from up the freeway has always been a team that Padres fans love to hate, especially when it is the start of a new season and everyone is ready to watch Padres baseball. For the fourth consecutive year, the Padres will play the Dodgers on opening day. The game is set for Monday, April 3, 2017, at…

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A Glimpse into the History of the Padres Opening Day Starter

March 31, 2017

(This article has 3 pages.  Continuation links at bottom of page after Author’s bio) Opening day is here. Nerves. Adrenaline. Excitement. Uneasiness. A new beginning. These are many of the dichotomous feelings that attend players, from Little League through the bigs, on opening day. It is a tacit American holiday, where employees-employers develop a quick case of the cold, many a student misses a Monday lecture, and the retired folk,…

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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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