Padres in Bay Area to Battle Giants in Four-Game Series

June 21, 2018

The Padres get right back on the road after a brief two-game stint at home. They are in the middle of a brutal stretch of 15 of 17 games on the road. This time, they head north to the Bay Area to play the other team from the Bay, the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have been treading water and are 36-38, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Padres in…

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Padres/Red Sox Talking Trade for Brad Hand?

June 19, 2018

Are the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox talking trade for reliever Brad Hand? It’s just about trade season and as the weather heats up, discussions will only get hotter before they cool down. In the midst of this firestorm is, as always, Padres’ closer Brad Hand. Hand, of course, is one of the most attractive bullpen arms for several reasons. He currently leads the National League in saves….

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Fathers and Sons in MLB

June 17, 2018

I just became a father a few weeks ago and my little son has already “watched” a ton of baseball with me. It’s how a lot of us learned baseball. Whether it was with our dad, grandpa, uncle, or whoever, we learned baseball likely through the father figure in our lives. Baseball has a special place in mine and my dad’s relationship. He coached my little league team for six…

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Ranking the Depth of Each Position in the Padres Farm System

June 16, 2018

I don’t need to tell you that the San Diego Padres’ system is stacked. Fangraphs recently did an article on it and stated “this is the best system in baseball…” What we are going to dive in to here is where they are stacked. The true beauty of this farm system is that it is not our “savior” Fernando Tatis Jr. at the top and then a bunch of scrubs. Tatis could…

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The Padres Are Improving On Last Year

June 12, 2018

Let’s go back in time to June 14 of last year; the Padres had just beaten the Reds to become 27-40 through their first 67 games. Shortstop Erick Aybar was struggling, hitting just .215, and their best starting pitcher was Jhoulys Chacin. The Friars were also 14 1/2 games back of the division and had the third-worst record in the entire league, with their run differential at -113. Fast forward…

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Eric Hosmer Has Been Everything the Padres Had Hoped For

June 6, 2018

Eric Hosmer has been everything the Padres the Padres have hoped for this 2018 season. When the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to his eight year, $144 million contract, many were already chalking it up as a bad contract and that the Padres would regret it, long before he even set cleats on the field at Petco Park. With all that pressure, Hosmer has laughed at his doubters and all the…

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Padres’ Five Best and Worst Draft Picks of Petco Park Era

June 5, 2018

There are a lot of ways to evaluate a team’s draft history. For the San Diego Padres, it is certainly a checkered one and it seems like any big names they do draft end up becoming big somewhere else. That isn’t exactly the scouting department’s fault if the front office decides to deal draft picks they recommend. Let’s take a look back at some of the worst and best draft…

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Christian Villanueva Is Adjusting to the Adjustments

May 30, 2018

Christian Villanueva burst onto the scene earlier this season. He was named April’s National League Rookie of the Month after posting a .321 average with eight homers and a 202 wRC+ in the first 23 games of the season through the end of April. East Village Times has done articles on why he could possibly be just the third Padres player ever to win Rookie of the Year. All that…

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Pitch Clocks Don’t Belong in Baseball

May 30, 2018

Clocks control our lives. We wake up when the clock tells us to, we get to work on time, we watch the clock all day until we can go home and we do it all again the next day. Can’t we have just one nice thing without the clock constantly ticking our lives away? Let me preface this by saying I am 26 years old, I was raised by the…

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Interview with Nick Schulz: Controlling the Controlable

May 26, 2018

Tacoma, Washington Nick Schulz was not drafted out of San Jose State. The Padres signed him in April 2014 as a free agent with the knowledge that he had a daunting hill to climb to reach the big leagues or even the upper levels of the minors. Four seasons later, he is, as he put it, “an injury away from being in the big leagues.” Not that he is hoping…

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Urias Wears One, Then Hurts Rainiers as El Paso Wins Game & Series

May 24, 2018

Tacoma, Washington It was a crisp late spring evening at Cheney Stadium, in Tacoma, with a good crowd on hand. Dillon Overton took the hill for the Chihuahuas (24-24) and was opposed by Rob Whalen for the Tacoma Rainiers (24-24). The lineup started out with Austin Hedges batting sixth and catching in what would have been his fourth game of this rehab stint. Instead he was scratched. There is no…

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Nicholas, Hedges Lead Attack in El Paso’s Bizarre Win vs Tacoma

May 22, 2018

Tacoma, Washington  The El Paso Chihuahuas (23-23) took on the Tacoma Rainiers (23-23) in Game 2 of this four-game series on Tuesday night. The weather was absolutely perfect, in the high 70s without a cloud in the sky, Mount Rainier was in plain view. The game got off to a fast start as neither Chris Huffman nor Roenis Elias were sharp early. After the Rainiers took a 1-0 lead in…

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