Padres Editorial: Ignoring Defensive Value and the Repercussions

July 18, 2015

The 2014 San Diego Padres weren’t fun to watch. They were actually quite painful to watch at times. 1-0. 2-1. 3-2. They had a talent for being in close, often times one-run games, and always falling just short. The pitching was always there. They boasted one of the top ten rotations in all of baseball with one of the top two bullpens. As a unit the Padres pitching staff was…

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Padres Special: Brewer’s Banter (Grantland Article)

July 17, 2015

Sadly in baseball hindsight is 20/20. Every trade that is made will be scrutinized. That’s just the business. Whether they be good trades or bad trades for each individual team, the one thing that is for certain is that teams cannot go back in time and correct these mistakes. Once you make that decision and pull the trigger on a trade that is the end of it. There’s time for…

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Padres Editorial: Thoughts on Moving Matt Kemp to First Base

July 16, 2015

Most (if not all) San Diego Padres fans are more than well aware by now that Matt Kemp has been downright atrocious this season. He was acquired in the off-season from the Los Angeles Dodgers (in return for Yasmani Grandal, who is now an all-star) to be the offensive punch the Padres have lacked in years past and the team leader the Padres wanted. Matt Kemp has so far provided…

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Padres Editorial: Looking Forward- Denard Span

July 16, 2015

With the likely departures of Justin Upton and Will Venable at the trade deadline, the San Diego Padres will find themselves with a few holes in the outfield. Depending on what happens with the Yonder Alonso/Wil Myers situation at first base, the Padres could be without three outfielders from this year’s roster by the end of the season. Keeping these potential losses in mind, it is never too early to…

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Padres Editorial: Brewer’s Banter

July 10, 2015

When are the trade chips going to start falling? Here we are July 10th and there are still no trades to speak of. We had a few minor trades earlier in the season such as the Mark Trumbo for Welington Castillo swap (a trade that has been a bit of a disaster for the Mariners) but there has yet to be any big game changing trades. By July 4th last…

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Padres Editorial: Will Austin Hedges Ever Hit?

July 10, 2015

Hedges, Hedges, Hedges. For the last several years, Hedges has been one of the San Diego Padres most highly touted prospects and has long been called the Padres “Catcher of the future.” Despite this, even though they did trade away both Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera last offseason, the Padres still went out and got young catcher Derek Norris. If Hedges was so highly touted and was supposed to have…

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Padres Editorial: How Important is Pitch Framing?

July 8, 2015

In recent years much has been made about pitch framing and it’s importance to both a catcher’s value and the pitching staff’s performance. With every year comes more and more advanced statistics that measure the performance of all sorts of players in all sorts of scenarios. With the advent of Pitch F/X in 2006, there is now more data about pitchers and pitch location/velocity/movement than ever before. With this influx…

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Padres Rumors: The Case for Trading Will Venable

July 7, 2015

The San Diego Padres season obviously hasn’t gone as planned. AJ Preller made all sorts of off-season splashes that were supposed to propel the Padres into playoff contention. Injuries and struggles from many of those acquisitions has led the Padres to being 7 games out of the National League West right before the All Star Break. The Padres are quickly headed towards seller territory and that might realistically be the…

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Padres Editorial: What’s Really Wrong with Matt Kemp?

July 4, 2015

For all intents and purposes, the acquisition of Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in the offseason has been a bit of a disaster for the San Diego Padres. Kemp has failed to produce to the level the Padres front office expected and in many ways has actually provided a negative value to the team. With the financial subsidy from the Dodgers ending next year, the Padres will be on the…

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Padres Editorial: Brewer’s Banter

July 3, 2015

This is the first of a new weekly series where I will be ranting, raving, and discussing all the going ons in the baseball world over the past week. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim General Manager Situation Thought it would be fitting to lead off with the mess of a situation that is the Angels front office. The story goes like this: General Manager Jerry DiPoto and Manager Mike…

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Padres Editorial: “Big Game” James or Big Time Bust?

June 27, 2015

Out of all the San Diego Padres off-season moves, the signing of James Shields to the largest contract in Padres history, at four years and 75 million, was perhaps the biggest splash of them all. The Padres had never thrown that much money at any player let alone one of the top pitchers of 2014 and the hottest arm on the free agent market. More so than any of the…

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