Padres Establishing Winning Culture At Every Level

September 11, 2017

There is value in developing a winning culture. No matter how many stars you have, unless the team knows how to win, it won’t matter. There are plenty of examples. The 2012 Red Sox looked stacked after bringing in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford the year before with David Ortiz, Jon Lester, and company already there. They finished in dead last in the A.L. East that season and manager Bobby Valentine was…


The Padres Ignored the Tank, Beat L.A. & That is Fantastic

September 4, 2017

The Padres have had a rough season, although not as rough as some predicted. They are one win away from clinching a non-100 loss season. has the Friars finishing 72-90, better than last season. A lot can still happen as the Padres still have six games against Arizona, seven against Colorado and still three more against the L.A. Dodgers. However, the Padres did not seem too intimidated by perhaps…


Yangervis Solarte Has Been Better Than Expected at Short

August 31, 2017

Yangervis Solarte has been with the Padres since he came over at the 2014 trade deadline from the Yankees. In that time, he has hit a respectable .272, averaging 14 home runs per season. He also has a 107 OPS+ in his time in San Diego. Solarte has been a welcome veteran presence in this clubhouse this season, and is now 30 years old. Up to this point, he had…


Clayton Richard Has Been a Rock in The Padre Rotation

August 28, 2017

  The Padres and their fans are really excited about the future of the team with all the upcoming prospects. However, there hasn’t been enough talk about the bright spots of the major league club these days. Clayton Richard was acquired in August and was re-signed in December of last year to be a Padre for the second time in his career. In his first stint with San Diego, from 2009…


Chihuahuas Report: Injuries, Missed Chances Sink El Paso

August 23, 2017

Tacoma, Washington It was a sellout crowd of 7,201 at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, on a warm Tuesday night. There were many families in the crowd, perhaps for one last fun summer evening out before school starts again. Jordan Lyles got the rock for the Chihuahuas. On a day where Padres minor league pitchers got shelled, Lyles had a solid outing. He went 5.2 innings, only walking…


Franchy Cordero Interview: Love For the Glove

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Franchy Cordero made a splash for the San Diego Padres earlier this season. In his first career start, on May 28th against the Washington Nationals, he went 2-5 with a double and a run scored. He also made an impact with his glove. I had a chance to sit down with Franchy before El Paso’s game against Tacoma on Monday night. We did the interview in Spanish, his…


Chihuahuas Report: Poor Pitching Eclipsed By Renfroe’s Solid Debut

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington It was a nice crowd for a Monday night game, which began on a clear 78 degree evening. Folks here in Tacoma, Washington enjoyed 93.2% totality during Monday’s solar eclipse. They filed in, filling the park to 5,170 (capacity at about 6,500). Hopefully, everyone had clear vision from staring into the intense sunlight. A few fans, and even Rainiers mascot, “Rhubarb”, donned eclipse glasses for the occasion. Eclipse-themed…


El Paso Report: Overton Dazzles in Return to Tacoma

August 19, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Dillon Overton made the start for the El Paso Chihuahuas in Tacoma on Saturday. He felt right at home, as El Paso won 2-0. The lef-handed pitcher had made seven appearances for the Rainiers earlier this season (1-2, 9.33 ERA). He even made an appearance against El Paso on June 16th. He went four innings, allowing seven earned runs with four walks. Two days later he was designated…


Hedges & Margot Are On Top of Padres Defense

August 17, 2017

The saying is “defense wins championships.” That particular saying is usually saved for football or basketball, but for the most part, it is true in baseball as well. It’s no secret the Padres are gunning for 2019 and beyond as far as trying to win a coveted championship. That doesn’t mean there can’t be pieces already in place to make that sort of move. There are plenty of players already…


The 2016 San Diego Padres Trades (One Year Later)

August 15, 2017

The Padres have been sellers for the past few years after the failed experiment in 2015. General manager A.J. Preller has been wheeling and dealing ever since. The trades of the past year have resulted in several good minor leaguers, some top-30 prospects, and even some top-100 overall prospects. Let’s take a look back at some of the trades of the past calendar year or so and see where we…


This Day in Padres History: Tony Gwynn Hits Number 3,000

August 6, 2017

  On August 6th, 1999 the Padres traveled north of the border to play the Montreal Expos. Expos rookie Dan Smith took the mound in the top of the first. Quilvio Veras led off the game lining a base hit to left field. With Veras at first, Tony Gwynn came to bat with 2,999 career hits over his then-18 year career. His career was starting to wind down as he…


Friar From the Past: Happy Birthday Scott Linebrink

August 4, 2017

Credit: AP Photo Happy 41st birthday to former San Diego Padres reliever Scott Linebrink. Drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round in 1997, Linebrink first made it to the bigs with San Francisco in 2000. He was dealt to the Astros soon after that. He spent a little over three seasons with Houston. In 2003, the Padres claimed Linebrink off of waivers. He made an immediate impact as a…