How Do Today’s Closers Compare to HOF’er Trevor Hoffman?

January 27, 2018

The closer has evolved rapidly in the past 20 years, and even more recent than that. The closers of today are even different from when Trevor Hoffman earned his last career save on September 29th, 2010. We have seen in the past few postseasons that the bullpen has evolved into a multi-headed monster of 100 MPH fastball pitchers with wipeout sliders. Now that Trevor Hoffman has been named to the…

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Yasmani Grandal & Five Other Former Friars Who had Solid Opening Day Performances

April 5, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a rough start to the 2017 MLB season, falling 14-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former Friars’ backstop, Yasmani Grandal, played a huge role in the game, going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. The Cuban catcher was not alone, as several former San Diego Padres players had a nice start to their 2017 campaigns. Here are five more former Friars who stood…

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Padres Series Preview: Red Sox Arrive at Petco for Three-Game Set

September 5, 2016

The Boston Red Sox, led by David Ortiz head to Petco Park to take on the Padres in a rare series between theses two franchises. The last time these two teams met was in 2013 when the Red Sox swept the San Diego Padres in a three-game set. Overall the Red Sox have gotten the best of the Padres in their career meetings. The Sox have won 10 games while…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney is Shooting Arrows and Taking Names

May 13, 2016

Has Fernando Rodney discovered the fountain of youth? The 39-year-old closer has still yet to allow a single run to score off of him and maintains a 0.00 ERA and a 0.929 WHIP thus far in the 2016 season. He has been as reliable as they come and the San Diego Padres could not be anymore thrilled about it. When the Padres traded away Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit there…

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Padres News: Struggles with the Padres Bullpen are Coming

April 15, 2016

Struggles with the Padres bullpen are coming. Early in the 2015 season, the San Diego Padres looked like they finally turned their program around, and finally looked like a playoff team. With key additions like Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Will Myers, James Shields, Justin Upton, and Craig Kimbrel, the Padres finally looked set. So they made the playoffs right? Not quite. The Padres finished with a 74-88 record, finished 4th…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney Signs With Padres

January 20, 2016

Following the signing of Alexei Ramirez last Thursday, the Padres signed yet another veteran to fill another hole. Fernando Rodney has agreed to a deal with the Padres that will likely see him be he favorite to close games in San Diego next season. The deal is a one year pact with a base salary of $1.6 million, including $5 million in annual incentives and a club option for 2017, worth $2…

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Padres Minors: Q & A with new Padres minor league pitcher Logan Allen

January 15, 2016

EastVillageTimes was lucky enough to secure an interview with new left-handed pitcher Logan Allen. The 18-year-old southpaw has excellent stuff and an even better attitude. He should go far in the game. Allen was acquired with Carlos Asuaje, Manuel Margot and Javier Guerra for Craig Kimbrel in a November trade. Allen was drafted in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. He was drafted out…

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Padres Rumors: Fernando Rodney Still an Option?

December 29, 2015

Cubs and padres are in on fernando rodney — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2015 Padres are trying for fernando rodney on incentive-laden deal. cubs, others in — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2015 As Jon Heyman has reported the San Diego Padres have been and still are currently weighing their options with closer Fernando Rodney. The team needs a stopper at the end of the pitching staff and Rodney…

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Padres Editorial: Is Preller a Mad Scientist, or Just Plain Mad?

December 23, 2015

Compared with how last offseason played out, the current offseason is on the furthest opposite end of the spectrum. General manager A.J. Preller isn’t making blockbuster deals at a furious pace like he was this time last year. In fact, he hasn’t really done anything at all, other than dealing Craig Kimbrel to Boston for a handful of prospects, trading Yonder Alonso to Oakland for Drew Pomeranz and making a…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Fans Need To CHILL OUT

December 18, 2015

I’m getting sick and tired of reading all this talk of the San Diego Padres stinking and how its the same old story. People are making their opinion about the team before the team is even built and before they have even played one single game. Really people? Come on. I know we are San Diego Sports fans, but can we just relax one moment? Losing Craig Kimbrel was rough, I…

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Padres News: Brandon Maurer a Starting Pitcher?

December 16, 2015

In what was a truly miserable season for the Padres in 2015, one of the lone bright spots for San Diego was in their bullpen. The back-end of the Padres bullpen was as good as ever, and was a force to be reckoned with, even when the rest of the team was not. Despite this success, A.J. Preller has already traded both Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit this offseason, leaving…

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Padres Editorial: Stay Positive San Diego

December 9, 2015

I understand that the life of a San Diego Padres fan can be harsh. It is a life of promise and riddled by disappointment. Being a lifelong fan of this team for almost 40 years has been tough. My fondest memories are when this team has succeeded. Unfortunately those memories are few and far between. In recent weeks the negativity level on this fan base has reached a new high…

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