Padres Editorial: The Tony Gwynn We Knew

May 27, 2017

I didn’t know Tony Gwynn personally. However, my teammates and I spent some time with him one afternoon when I was a 17-year-old baseball player. The year was 1993. Here is what it was like: Like Tony, we played our high-school baseball at Long Beach Polytechnic. It’s a school rich in sports history, including its baseball program. Poly has sent more baseball player to the Major Leagues than any other High School except Freemont…

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Padres History: The Four Tops

May 4, 2017

When San Diego Padres fans look at the current starting lineup, they see four young players who are exciting to watch, and are expected to be a part of the team’s long-term plans. Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, and Austin Hedges are all expected to be with this team for a long time as the organization is trying to build a winner, and one that can win for years…

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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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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…

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“Why I am Thankful for the San Diego Padres”

November 24, 2016

In this day of giving thanks for everything we have in life, it is time to recognize the little things, like our beloved sports teams. Yes, both the Chargers and Padres are responsible for many heartaches throughout their time in San Diego. Both franchises have failed to bring a Championship to America’s Finest City, but we still support them with hope of one day hoisting a World Title. It shall…

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Gene Richards, the Definitive Padre Leadoff Hitter & Prospective Padre Hall of Famer

September 8, 2016

History is something that the Padres organization has never been extremely good at. Many think that the history of the team is not that great and is somewhat shallow. To extinguish that idea, the San Diego Padres, at the beginning of July, to the fanfare of a large blue ribbon and a large scissor clad Randy Jones, opened the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame Museum at the North West…

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Padres Editorial: The New Tony Gwynn Award & What it Means to Me

July 17, 2016

Major League Baseball has stepped up and done something really special for the city of San Diego and for the fans of the Padres. In the future any player that wins the National League batting title will win the Tony Gwynn Award. Yes the award will now be named in the honor of our beloved San Diego Padres outfielder. For his eight batting titles and endless passion for the game…

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Padres Special: You Shall Never Be Forgot

June 16, 2016

A GRANDFATHER passed away today. The loving family man who was married with two children and three granddaughters died as a result of cancer. He was just 54 years of age. It’s doubtful whether the news of the passing of Anthony Keith ‘Tony’ Gwynn Sr will merit a mention on the sports pages in the UK. But on the other side of the Pond, the death of Tony Gwynn has…

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Padres Special: Tony Gwynn Honored

June 16, 2016

Two years ago today the Major League Baseball community lost a great man. The iconic face and heart of the San Diego Padres franchise lost his battle with cancer. The immortal Tony Gwynn will always be known as one of the best hitters in the game, but his accolades accomplished on the ball field were nothing compared to the man he was. Some people just carry this aura about them….

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Padres Editorial: Why Isn’t the Tony Gwynn Statue Lit Up During Night Games?

May 27, 2016

I’ve been going to Petco Park since it opened in 2004 and it’s been incredible to see it’s transformation as well as the area surrounding Petco. Beginning on June 1st, the Padres welcome a lengthy home stand (barring a quick road trip to COL for three games 10th-12th) featuring the Mariners, Rockies, Braves, Marlins, and Nationals which lasts until June 19th. I challenge anyone planning on going to those games…

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Padres News: Gary Sheffield Acquired by Padres 24 Years Ago Today

March 26, 2016

On March 26th 1992 the San Diego Padres sent pitcher Ricky Bones, minor league outfielder Matt Mieske and minor league shortstop Jose Valentin to the Milwaukee Brewers for young slugger Gary Sheffield and minor league pitcher Geoff Kellogg. The Padres needed a third baseman and Sheffield was made available after being unhappy with Brewers management. There were many reports that the Sheffield was a distraction in the Brewers clubhouse. He…

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