The San Diego Padres Need to Improve in a Variety of Areas

April 19, 2018

No one, including the Padres’ front office, expects the team to land a playoff spot this season. However, if San Diego really does intend to compete in the next two to four years, the needle needs to start moving in a positive direction. Just playing .500 baseball this year would help the player (to say nothing of fan) morale. However, the team must improve in a variety of areas to…

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Commissioner Rob Manfred’s Obsession with Pace of Play

April 8, 2018

Just two short months ago, the weirdly inactive free agent market led to rumblings about the end of labor peace in Major League Baseball. However, the market started to move slowly, and every team played on the first day of the new season. Continuation of the uneasy truce will rely on the relationship between the Major League Players Association and Commissioner Rob Manfred, especially in light of his obsession over…

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Padres Need to Set the Tone in the First Month of the Season

April 1, 2018

The new and (we hope) improved version of the Padres lost the first three games of the season to the Milwaukee Brewers. The local team desperately needs to regroup and reset the tone for the first full month of the season. Since 2010, the Padres have lost all but one opener and have had losing records in each first month as well as each season. The 2010 team had a…

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Sinking Feeling to Start Season

March 28, 2018

On Sunday, Dinelson Lamet walked off the mound in the top of the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners, giving Padres’ fans a sinking feeling. That feeling intensified when the team announced the reason for the short start: an elbow injury. But the team downplayed the injury and indicated he’d be back soon, despite the fact that he’s had no diagnostic imaging on his arm. The mere…

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The Legacy of Kevin Towers

March 23, 2018

On Tuesday, the Padres announced that Kevin Towers, who succumbed to thyroid cancer in January, will rightly take his place in the team’s Hall of Fame. The Padres will make it official on May 12 before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a celebration of 1998, the team’s most successful season. Under Towers, San Diego won four of their five National League West titles and went…

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Sizing up the National League West

March 20, 2018

The last three years, the Padres had the misfortune of facing Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Opening Day, losing 6-0, 15-0, and 14-3. This year, the home team will face the Milwaukee Brewers, a welcome change. After that series against the Brewers, however, the Padres will face their National League West rivals a whopping 20 games out of 26. The division had an MLB-high winning percentage of .517 in…

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The Case for Travis Jankowski on the 25-Man Roster

March 14, 2018

With the first game of the season 17 days away, the Padres still have multiple difficult decisions to make regarding starting and relief pitching, as well as the composition of the infield and outfield. For the latter, Travis Jankowski has made a strong case to be included on the roster as a reserve thanks to his play this spring as well as his history when he has been healthy. The…

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Freddy Galvis: Playing Ball With Joy, Verve, and Poetry

March 8, 2018

Last year, the Padres started the season losing to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 14-3. That game set the tone for the first month (11-16 record), and for the rest of the season, for players as well as fans. And frankly, the team became almost unwatchable, even for a fan like me who thinks opening day of the baseball season should be declared a national holiday. But this year, the…

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Padres Officially Switch to Yet Another Radio Broadcast Station

March 5, 2018

Recently, A.J. Preller, the Padres’ general manager, emphasized the importance of stability throughout the organization, from the big leagues and throughout the minors. However, the team’s association with a radio station has been anything but stable. For the third year in a row, the broadcast station for the team will change, this time to 97.3 The Machine. Thanks to mobile devices and the MLB AT Bat app, fans no longer…

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Latest Hitting Coach Matt Stairs Aims to Improve Padres’ Approach at Plate

March 2, 2018

Since 2015, home runs have been flying out of ballparks all over the country, and not just in bandboxes like Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Launch angle became the new mantra, and hitters tried to avoid ground balls. As Tom Verducci lamented last year in Sports Illustrated, the game had become “driven by the pursuit of the most blunt of outcomes: strikeouts by pitchers and home runs by batters. Both…

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Hot Lava Blowback From Hosmer Deal

February 24, 2018

In the Padres’ press conference welcoming Eric Hosmer to San Diego, agent Scott Boras opined that the organization as a whole is a “volcano of hot talent lava.” Hosmer brings his experience with a Kansas City Royals team that won the World Series to San Diego, and will take over first base. The addition displaces Wil Myers from that position and causes a hot lava ripple effect throughout the clubhouse…

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Are Padres Deviating From Their Own Process?

February 17, 2018

The Padres front office has assured fans that the team will become a contender in the not so distant future, with estimates of a timeline for that goal ranging from 2020 to 2022. However, multiple sources indicate that the team has reconnected with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer and has added Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer to its wish list. Do the Padres’ brass actually think the team…

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