The Best and Worst of the A.J. Preller Era

January 7, 2018

A.J. Preller has been the Padres’ general manager for over three years. When I say there have been ups and downs, that is a severe understatement. He made a statement almost right away, in his first offseason, before the 2015 season. This offseason has been a lot quieter. We are still waiting on the fate of players like Brad Hand and Yangervis Solarte and also awaiting Eric Hosmer’s decision of…


Every A.J. Preller Trade Revisited (All 35)

February 27, 2017

When the San Diego Padres hired A.J. Preller in August of 2014, the team knew he would make changes. The ownership group was aware that he would likely bring his own philosophy. With that thought process, he would bring in players that fit the mold that the young G.M. is trying to produce. Deals would be made as the team attempted to build a winning tradition. He wasted no time…


Should the Padres Bring Back Jon Jay in 2017?

November 5, 2016

It’s official. The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over. For a few clubs it will be a season to remember. For the San Diego Padres, save a few great moments, it was not the finest. I believe however, that 2016 will be remembered as the turning point during which the Padres’ strategy towards success finally became apparent. After the 2015 season, into the off-season and through the first half…


Top Five Moments of the 2016 Padres Season

September 24, 2016

  When I was asked by my editor to do a top moments story for this Padres season, I thought about diverting from the straight and narrow. I thought about writing a “San Diego Padres 2016: the Good the Bad and the Ugly.” There is absolutely plenty of material to fill pages when focusing on each of those three aspects to the season. I want to be a realist. The…


Padres’ A.J. Preller HAS Made Mistakes

August 20, 2016

For some time I have been referred to by a few as an A.J. Preller sympathizer and supporter. The San Diego Padres DO NOT employ me nor do I write my opinion to try to get on their better side. I simply write what I believe and state nothing but the facts. With that being said. Yes, I do like A.J. Preller and what he has done for the franchise….


Padres News: Grading the San Diego Padres First Half

July 7, 2016

81 games are under the bridge, well technically 84 are gone, but for the purpose of this article we will just count the first 81. There’s no question that the season has been tough for the fans. After all, some of the players that were supposed to be contributing are either hurt or have under-performed. So with this in mind let’s take a look at the good, the bad and…


Padres Editorial: Can Erik Johnson Be A Viable Big League Starter?

June 30, 2016

With the trade of James Shields in the beginning of June, the Padres made it clear where they stood. At the end of the day, the move was all about money, with the return in the deal becoming important. The Padres are on the hook for just over half of the remaining money on James Shields contract, just over $30 million if Shields does not opt-out following the season. On…


Padres Editorial: James Shields Potential Opt Out is Huge for 2017

June 11, 2016

James Shields tenure with the San Diego Padres came to end last week after comments made from majority owner Ron Fowler over local radio airwaves. Fowler pulled no punches on Mighty 1090 last week. The pitcher was signed to the largest free agent contract in franchise history in February of 2015 and never really justified the pay. The four-year/$75 million dollar contract was almost immediately regretted by the front office…


Padres News: Taking a Look at New Padre Fernando Tatis Jr.

June 8, 2016

Last week the rebuilding of the San Diego Padres started (AGAIN). The team traded away pitcher James Shields to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitcher Erik Johnson and young SS prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Although Johnson may contribute as a back of the rotation starter, the key to the trade is Tatis Jr. Fernando Tatis Jr. is the son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis, the White Sox signed…


Padres Series Recap: Padres Take 2 of 3 From Rockies

June 6, 2016

The San Diego Padres have just won two out of three games against the Colorado Rockies. This was the third series of the season these two teams had faced each other. This was also the third time the Friars had ended the series 2-1 to their favor. Despite all of the problems the Padres have they have shown a clear dominance over the Rockies. The Padres are now 6-3 against…


Padres Editorial: Moving Shields Was a No-Brainer

June 5, 2016

I know it’s hard to hear, but moving James Shields is a good thing. Not that he is a bad pitcher. In fact I wish the San Diego Padres staff consisted of five pitchers with his moxie and demeanor on the mound. He is a competitor and a great leader for young pitchers to emulate. His intensity and workhorse attitude will be missed.  His numbers have taken a bit of…


Padres News: Taking a Look at New Padres Pitcher Erik Johnson *With Video

June 5, 2016

The trade of James Shields to the White Sox brings the San Diego Padres a young pitcher named Erik Johnson. The right handed starter from the University of California has been a highly touted prospect for the Sox, but he has yet to make the jump to being a successful major league pitcher. Perhaps his time is now? The San Diego Padres are clearly in a rebuilding mode of sorts. The…