Walking the Walk: Padres Putting New Philosophy Into Practice

March 11, 2018

When Matt Stairs arrived as the new hitting coach, it was clear what he wanted to do. He is teaching a “stubborn” approach at the plate, working the count and waiting for a good pitch to drive instead of settling for a pitcher’s pitch early in the count. It’s no secret the Padres have struggled to get on base in past seasons. We have addressed it on the site very…


“Why I am Thankful for the San Diego Padres”

November 23, 2017

In this day of giving thanks for everything we have in life, it is time to recognize the little things, like our beloved sports teams. The Padres are responsible for many heartaches throughout their existence in San Diego. They have failed to bring a championship to America’s Finest City, but we still support them with hope of one day hoisting a World Title trophy. It shall happen one day. I…


The All-San Diego Area Major League Baseball Team

November 22, 2017

It’s no secret that San Diego is a hotbed for baseball talent. In fact, Baseball Almanac names San Diego the most talented baseball city in the most talented of baseball states, California. That’s pretty high praise, and it’s very deserving. Unfortunately, not many of these names played for the hometown San Diego Padres (I will give Ted Williams credit for playing for the PCL Padres in 1936 and 1937). This…


A Look Back at the 1984 San Diego Padres

October 19, 2017

Regular Season The 1984 San Diego Padres were one of the first solid Padres teams. In fact, that team represented the first time that the franchise had made the playoffs. A young, 24-year-old Tony Gwynn led the charge for the Friars, batting an astounding .351, which won him his first batting title. He also finished 3rd in MVP voting. The power bat in the lineup was Graig Nettles. He hit…


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…


The 1989 Padres – The Season That Could Have Been

August 1, 2017

The 1989 Padres – The Season That Could Have Been by Jeffrey Pilch aka @texpadres For many longtime Padres beisbolistas, 1989 was one of the more exciting seasons in the franchise’s history. There was no champagne flowing or flag raising after the season. With 89 wins, the Padres had the third-best record in the National League and fifth-best in baseball. In the pre-wildcard era, though, that wasn’t good enough for…


The MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2007: 10 Years Later

July 30, 2017

The 2007 MLB Baseball Hall of Fame class set a record for attendance in Cooperstown, New York that summer. A whopping 82,000 people showed up to celebrate the hall of fame careers of Cal Ripken and our beloved Tony Gwynn. For comparison’s sake, last year’s enshrinement of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza was the second largest crowd at 50,000. Tony Gwynn and his gaudy numbers need no introduction in…


Three Years Ago Today We Lost a Legend

June 16, 2017

Three years ago today, the Major League Baseball community lost a great man. The iconic face and heart of the San Diego Padres‘ franchise lost his battle with cancer. The immortal Tony Gwynn will always be known as one of the best hitters in the game, but his accolades accomplished on the ball field were nothing compared to the man he truly was. Some people just carry this aura about…


Padres Editorial: The Tony Gwynn We Knew

May 27, 2017

I didn’t know Tony Gwynn personally. However, my teammates and I spent some time with him one afternoon when I was a 17-year-old baseball player. The year was 1993. Here is what it was like: Like Tony, we played our high-school baseball at Long Beach Polytechnic. It’s a school rich in sports history, including its baseball program. Poly has sent more baseball player to the Major Leagues than any other High School except Freemont…


Padres History: The Four Tops

May 4, 2017

When San Diego Padres fans look at the current starting lineup, they see four young players who are exciting to watch, and are expected to be a part of the team’s long-term plans. Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, and Austin Hedges are all expected to be with this team for a long time as the organization is trying to build a winner, and one that can win for years…


Friar Freestyle: A Trip Down Padres’ Memory Lane

March 7, 2017

All this talk about uniforms and bringing back the brown. Me? I’d rather bring some former San Diego Padres back to town. When we mention players in Padres’ history, we speak of Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, or Ken Caminiti. But when is the last time you seen Craig Shipley, Woody Williams or Alan Embree? Those are names we don’t hear mentioned often. Another one is Rod Beck (RIP), who won…


Gene Richards, the Definitive Padre Leadoff Hitter & Prospective Padre Hall of Famer

September 8, 2016

History is something that the Padres organization has never been extremely good at. Many think that the history of the team is not that great and is somewhat shallow. To extinguish that idea, the San Diego Padres, at the beginning of July, to the fanfare of a large blue ribbon and a large scissor clad Randy Jones, opened the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame Museum at the North West…