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…


Padres Birthday Spotlights: Miguel Diaz, Kevin Quackenbush, and Carlos Villanueva

November 28, 2017

There are a handful of birthdays today that pertain to the San Diego Padres. Current Padres pitcher Miguel Diaz turns 23, former reliever Kevin Quackenbush turns 29, and it is the 34th birthday of Carlos Villanueva. The Brewers signed Diaz back in 2011 as an amateur free agent. Diaz came to the Padres via trade with the Minnesota Twins in December of last year. It didn’t come with much buzz…


The All-San Diego Area Major League Baseball Team

November 22, 2017

It’s no secret that San Diego is a hotbed for baseball talent. In fact, Baseball Almanac names San Diego the most talented baseball city in the most talented of baseball states, California. That’s pretty high praise, and it’s very deserving. Unfortunately, not many of these names played for the hometown San Diego Padres (I will give Ted Williams credit for playing for the PCL Padres in 1936 and 1937). This…


Padres Birthday Spotlights: Hector Sanchez and Everth Cabrera

November 17, 2017

Happy 28th birthday to now former Padre catcher Hector Sanchez. Also, former Padre all-star shortstop Everth Cabrera turns 31 today. Before he came to San Diego, Sanchez debuted with the San Francisco Giants in 2011. He has been a backup catcher his whole career. He did so with the Giants for parts of five seasons before being signed by the White Sox in the winter of 2015. By May of 2016,…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Xavier Nady

November 14, 2017

Happy 39th birthday to former Padres outfielder Xavier Nady. Nady was drafted as a promising prospect by the Padres in the 2nd round of the 2000 draft out of UC-Berkeley. He became the 18th player in history to make his professional debut in the major leagues without appearing in the minors. He got a hit in his first, and only, MLB at-bat in 2000. His major league career really took…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Bubba Trammell

November 6, 2017

Happy 46th birthday to former Padres outfielder, Bubba Trammell. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 1994 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He would play just one season for the Tigers, his first in 1997. Then, when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came to be in 1998, they drafted Trammell from Detroit in their expansion draft before that season. He then played…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Carlos Asuaje

November 2, 2017

Happy 26th birthday to Padres infielder, Carlos Asuaje. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. The Venezuelan came to the Padres by way of a trade with the Red Sox after the 2015 season that sent Craig Kimbrel to Boston. Asuaje was accompanied by Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, and Logan Allen. He played in…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Fred McGriff

October 31, 2017

Happy 54th birthday to the “Crime Dog” himself, Fred McGriff. McGriff put up borderline Hall of Fame numbers during his 19-year career, which involved six different uniforms. One of those uniforms was for the San Diego Padres. McGriff started his career by being drafted out of his Tampa area high school by the New York Yankees in 1981. He actually never saw the field in pinstripes, as he was dealt…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Will Venable

October 29, 2017

Happy 35th birthday to former Padre outfielder Will Venable. The San Diego Padres drafted him in the 7th round out of Princeton University in 2005. It was covered a lot during his time in San Diego, but since he’s been gone a while, let me remind you that he was an All-Ivy League basketball player for Princeton before he found his niche on the baseball diamond. With that basketball background,…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Bip Roberts

October 27, 2017

Happy 54th birthday to Bip Roberts. Roberts was drafted 13th overall in 1982 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, in 1985, the Padres picked him up via the Rule 5 draft. That was a great pick-up for the squad a year removed from a World Series appearance. He then played his first five years in the big leagues with San Diego. He had a vast skillset that involved lots of speed….


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Mark Sweeney

October 26, 2017

Happy 48th birthday to Mark Sweeney. Sweeney is currently working for the San Diego Padres as an analyst on Fox Sports San Diego. To some, he may not be so anymore, but he was certainly a fan favorite when he was a Padres player. He was a guy who didn’t mind riding the bench only to get one at-bat in a game. That’s an important role that some players do…


Could Phil Nevin Be a Candidate for Padres Hitting Coach Job?

October 26, 2017

According to reports on Tuesday, Phil Nevin lost out on the Phillies managerial job. He also was let go by the San Francisco Giants organization. In 2017, he served as the third base coach for the Giants. He was previously the manager of the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team, the Reno Aces. He even guided the Aces to a Pacific Coast League Championship Series berth. He also interviewed for the Houston Astros…