Padres Birthday Spotlight: Randy Jones

January 12, 2018

Happy 68th birthday to one of the best to ever put on a San Diego Padres uniform, Randy Jones. Jones was drafted by the Padres in the 5th round of the 1972 draft. He made his debut in 1973. He won seven games with a 3.16 ERA, with an ERA+ of 110. In 1974, things didn’t look good for the young lefty. He led the entire MLB with 22 losses…


MLB Hall of Famers Who Made a Stop in San Diego

January 11, 2018

Yesterday was the 80th birthday of one of the best players of all time, Willie McCovey. Most people remember him as a San Francisco Giant. Rightfully so, as he played 19 of his 22 seasons in San Francisco, which included the 1959 Rookie of the Year Award, six All-Star selections, the 1969 MVP and a World Series appearance in 1962. What most people don’t remember, outside of die-hard Padres fans,…


What Do Recent Bullpen Moves Mean for Brad Hand?

January 9, 2018

The Padres have made a few moves to bolster their bullpen in the past few days. Craig Stammen, who made 60 appearances for the Padres last season, is back on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. This is a welcome move for a Padres’ bullpen that is littered with young, unproven arms. Stammen will be 34 years old when the season starts. The Friars parted ways with Kevin Quackenbush earlier in…


The Best and Worst of the A.J. Preller Era

January 7, 2018

A.J. Preller has been the Padres’ general manager for over three years. When I say there have been ups and downs, that is a severe understatement. He made a statement almost right away, in his first offseason, before the 2015 season. This offseason has been a lot quieter. We are still waiting on the fate of players like Brad Hand and Yangervis Solarte and also awaiting Eric Hosmer’s decision of…


San Diego Padres 2018 FanFest Should Be a Home Run

January 5, 2018

Saturday, January 13th, the Padres will host their annual FanFest from 10am to 4pm PT at Petco Park. They will have the usual things like a playground for the kids, autograph opportunities, games, and face painting. However, this year the Padres seem to have some extra sauce in their FanFest. First of all, this will be the 20th anniversary of the 1998 National League championship team. There are several promotions…


A Complete Guide and History of the Holiday Bowl

December 25, 2017

The Holiday Bowl is widely accepted as one of the best non-New Year’s Six Bowl Games. This is due to some wild games in the past that have helped decide a national champion. The fact that two premier conferences play each other in this game (the PAC-12 and Big Ten) also helps. Since its inception in 1978, the Holiday Bowl has had conference tie-ins with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC),…


My San Diego Padres Christmas Wish List

December 23, 2017

Growing up, I was always excited to get San Diego Padres gear for Christmas. From jerseys to signed baseballs, I wanted it all. In my own childish way, I still do. This time, I am going to have a bit of a “grown-up Christmas list.” I want things the Padres need to be a successful, sustainable franchise and a force to be reckoned with in the next decade. Here is…


Is the “Tank” Over For the San Diego Padres?

December 12, 2017

The “tank” has been a buzz-word utilized by Padre fans for the 2017 season. Most of which, at least to start the season, were in agreement that it would be acceptable if the Friars lost 100 games and had a shot at the top draft pick, dropping themselves to the bottom of the baseball “fish tank” if you will. My definition of “tanking” means the Padres are to make no…


The San Diego Padres 2010’s All-Decade Team

December 9, 2017

Yes, I know there are two seasons left in this decade, but hey, these lists are fun and it’s the off-season. From the 2010 to the 2017 season, let’s see where we are at with the Padres’ 2010’s All-Decade team. Unfortunately, the Friars have had a rough go at it this decade. They only have one winning season (2010) and zero playoff appearances. Now, this doesn’t mean there haven’t been…


This Day in Padres History: The Big Trade with Toronto

December 5, 2017

On this day in 1990, the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays made a trade that would change both franchises forever (but honestly, it was mostly the Blue Jays). Fred McGriff was coming off of a stellar season in 1990, with 35 home runs and a .300 batting average for Toronto. That was his third consecutive year with at least 34 home runs. Shortstop Tony Fernandez had been an…


San Diego Padres Off-Season Simulation Results: Yes, We Traded Brad Hand

December 1, 2017

Disclaimer: All the moves discussed here were a simulation and do not contain any substance to the reality of the 2017-2018 offseason. No, we didn’t trade for Giancarlo Stanton or sign Shohei Ohtani. Writers from each of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams gathered together to do a full-scale offseason simulation for three days, including trades, free agent signings, releases, and much more. The San Diego Padres were a hot ticket,…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Shane Victorino

November 30, 2017

Happy 37th birthday to one of my favorite baseball players, Shane Victorino. The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” was a fun player to watch. Personally, I liked him because he was 5’9”, like me (although he is slightly faster), and he played the game with passion. Also, when he was with the Padres as a rookie in 2003, he threw me a baseball when I was sitting in right-center field at Qualcomm Stadium…