Valentine’s Day Special: The Padres’ Love Doctor Is In

February 14, 2018

With it being Valentine’s Day, it’s time to address some relationship issues with some of our favorite San Diego Padres players. I am not talking about their life off the field. I am talking about statistics that some players need to break up with in 2018. Others need to embrace these stats and have a happy life together. If the Padres want to improve on their 71 wins from 2017,…

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Padres’ Starting Pitching Prospects Could Succeed in the Bullpen

February 13, 2018

Let’s be real here. Not 100% of the Padres’ top prospects will work out like we think. We all picture Mackenzie Gore as the team ace before 2021. We all expect Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias to be a double play combo for the next decade in San Diego. Cal Quantrill will be a top-of-the-rotation guy. Michel Baez, the next Luis Tiant. It just doesn’t always work out how…

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Padres Forecast: How Long Does It Usually Take for Top Prospects To Arrive?

February 11, 2018

The Padres have a loaded farm system. This is not breaking news to Padre fans unless you have been locked inside of the Hotel Del Coronado for a year. Much of the 2017 season was spent excitedly watching prospects succeed all over the minor leagues, from Tri-City to El Paso. The Friar faithful may have to find their joy in that for at least one more season before things really…

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The Top Home & Road Series for the Padres’ 2018 Schedule

February 10, 2018

With the Super Bowl behind us, the sports world begins to focus on the coming return of baseball. Trucks have been loaded, pitchers and catchers report next week, and we are seven weeks away from MLB Opening Day. With that, we can start to look at the Padres’ 2018 schedule without our heads spinning about how far away it is. It’s going to come fast. Let’s take a look at…

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The Best & Worst Free Agent Signings in Padres’ History

February 2, 2018

The Major League Baseball “Hot Stove” seems to be in a deep freeze (unless you are in Milwaukee), as many free agents remain unsigned. This includes one Eric Hosmer. I am not going to dive into that as that dead horse (no offense to Mr. Hosmer, I mean the subject) has been beaten over and over again. Instead, let’s look back on Padres’ history to see where things have gone…

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Remembering Former Padres’ GM Kevin Towers

January 30, 2018

It has been reported that former Padres’ General Manager Kevin Towers passed away Tuesday. Bob Nightengale tweeted: Kevin Towers, one of the greatest people this game has ever known, and the ultimate fighter, has passed away from cancer. Unbelievable. He will be greatly missed. Loved that man — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 30, 2018 Towers is fondly remembered in San Diego for his work with the Padres from 1995 to…

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How Much of a “Sure Thing” Is Padres’ Top Prospect Fernando Tatis Jr.?

January 29, 2018

It’s an exciting time for the San Diego Padres’ farm system. Baseball America and MLB Pipeline have each released their initial 2018 Top 100 Prospect lists. One of the things they agreed on was that Padres’ top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. Baseball America ranked him 9th and MLB Pipeline had him at 8. Most scouts are very complimentary of the 19-year-old…

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How Do Today’s Closers Compare to HOF’er Trevor Hoffman?

January 27, 2018

The closer has evolved rapidly in the past 20 years, and even more recent than that. The closers of today are even different from when Trevor Hoffman earned his last career save on September 29th, 2010. We have seen in the past few postseasons that the bullpen has evolved into a multi-headed monster of 100 MPH fastball pitchers with wipeout sliders. Now that Trevor Hoffman has been named to the…

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With New Promo Schedule, The Padres Get It Right

January 26, 2018

The Padres’ promotional schedule was finalized on Friday and the results are encouraging. The Padres get a well-deserved bad rap for ignoring the fans’ opinions and doing uninspiring promotions and giveaways (as well as fielding uninspiring uniforms). At least on the promotions front, they have taken a step in the right direction in 2018. Let’s appreciate the fact that the Padres seemed to have upped their game this season. Here…

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Padres’ Farm System Abounding in Riches in Baseball America’s Latest Top 100 List

January 22, 2018

Baseball America released their latest Top 100 prospects list and the San Diego Padres are frequent flyers. It’s no secret the Padres have one of the best farm systems in baseball. On their list, only the Atlanta Braves had more players (eight) than the Padres (six). The Brewers, Rays, and Yankees also checked in with six prospects on the list. The Padres have received a lot of respect for their…

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Forget Hosmer- Should the Padres Throw Money at a Pitcher Instead?

January 20, 2018

The San Diego Padres seem to still be in the running for Eric Hosmer. This is getting exhausting. The latest rumors have the Padres’ offer at about $140 million. There is no guarantee that is even true, but where there is smoke, there is usually a fire. That’s a lot of dough for a guy like Hosmer. He’s a quality baseball player, but certainly first base is not the most…

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Let’s Discuss the Padres’ 2018 Rotation

January 18, 2018

The Padres have clearly bolstered their bullpen. In a previous article, I discussed what re-signing Craig Stammen and bringing on Kazuhisa Makita meant to the team. The team also, of course, signed Brad Hand to an extension through the 2020 season, with an option for 2021. Without question this bullpen looks to be better, especially with Kirby Yates still under contract and another year of experience for Phil Maton. The…

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