Know Nick Allen’s Name: Scouting San Diego’s Best Prospect

June 6, 2017

  San Diego is no stranger to baseball talent. Even while the major league Padres have struggled for the vast majority of their existence, the region has become a breeding ground for prospects and pros alike. Top youngsters like Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, and Mickey Moniak. Established stars such as Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hamels, and Adrian Gonzalez. Legends like Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn. All spent their prep days under the…

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Is Royce Lewis a Future Friar?

June 4, 2017

You could call it one of the Golden Rules of Roster Management. Build through the middle – catcher, shortstop, second base, and center field. These are the players with the greatest likelihood of being involved in a play on defense, occupying positions that require a skill set unique enough that contributions at the plate are often considered a plus. The Padres appear set for the long-term at three of these…

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Kyle Wright the Right Pick for Padres?

May 31, 2017

Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for the amount of puns myself and other sportswriters will use Kyle Wright’s name for in the years to come. Now, with that off my chest… With just two teams picking ahead of them in this year’s amateur draft, the San Diego Padres have a number of options to narrow down to ahead of their first round selection on June 12. There’s do-it-all high schooler…

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Contention Clock: Forecasting the Padres’ Window to Win

May 2, 2017

We’ve all allowed ourselves to imagine it. The final out is recorded. The stadium erupts. Players pour out of the dugout and mob the mound. The National League West banner (or dare we dream for more?) once again flies above America’s Finest City. Yes, the return of the San Diego Padres from baseball’s basement is sure to be met with cheers (and possibly tears, if you’re anything like me). However,…

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The Times Other Teams Got Padres-ish

April 3, 2017

Ah, opening day. For baseball fans, today’s season opener is one of the best days of the year. As the old adage goes, every team is in first. Hundreds of thousands of fans will walk through the turnstiles or flip on the TV thinking “Hey, this could be our year.” Maybe you even feel this way right here in America’s Finest City (bless your optimistic soul). Spoiler alert: 2017 will…

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NFL Combine Recap: Aztecs are Athletes, Too

March 8, 2017

In many ways, the NFL Combine is a silly and over-commercialized endeavor. There’s no doubt that watching large men in tights go through drills meant for practice fields may not be worthy of the level of attention it draws. Even for NFL coaches and executives, little may truly change in terms of their player evaluations based on a player’s broad jump or 40 time. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t…

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USD Baseball: The Hidden Jewel on the Hill

February 19, 2017

The banners overlook the concourse behind the first-base dugout, watching over the beautiful grass of Fowler Park. On one, Brian Matusz, the 2008 National Pitcher of the Year, readies to deliver a fastball. On the other, Kris Bryant, the 2013 winner of the Golden Spikes Award (college baseball’s Heisman) and now one of the best three or four players on the planet, amps up for another home run hack. The…

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The Three-Man Rotation, Revisited

January 25, 2017

“Dream in a pragmatic way” – Aldous Huxley. In November, still dizzied by the intoxicating ridiculousness of Andrew Miller’s postseason, I dreamed up the concept of a re-imagined pitching staff for the hometown team. The article centered around the possibility of a three-man rotation (to be referred to as the TMR from here on out) that would allow for smaller, though more consistent, workloads for every arm on the staff….

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Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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What To Do When Your Football Team Bolts

January 17, 2017

Wednesday night. I’m sure you heard the news, an update that felt strangely overlooked by national media and the talking heads on SportsCenter given the weight it carried in America’s Finest City. “The Chargers plan to announce that they will move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season; the announcement could come as early as Thursday.” Given the rollercoaster ride this entire San Diego stadium saga has taken local fans…

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Four Quarters & The Hail Mary That Wasn’t

January 15, 2017

  It is a beautiful day here at Balboa Stadium. The sun gleams off the faces of locals, interested to see what this new franchise here in America’s Finest City has to offer. As head coach and general manager Sid Gillman leads his team onto the field, fans stand and cheer, aroused by the anticipation of this so-called “American Football League.” Finally, it’s time for kickoff. It’s a decent return…

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Your Official Chargers’ 2017 Head Coaching Search Tracker

January 4, 2017

We are no more than a week into the San Diego Chargers‘ search for a new head coach after Mike McCoy proved unable to get the job done over four disappointing campaigns and was consequently let go following the Bolts’ final game of the 2016 season. With the rumor mill already spinning faster than many can keep up with, the search is beginning to offer a truly dizzying array of possibilities for…

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