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…


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…