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Why Yasmani Grandal Should Keep His Catcher’s Mitt

Since we last discussed the San Diego Padres catcher situation, a lot has happened: Yasmani Grandal turned in an up-and-down campaign in 2014 after rushing a return from ACL surgery, showing signs of offensive brilliance while also failing to build on his sensational 2012 debut. On the defensive side of the ball, he had some trouble with blocking pitches and only threw out...
Via Padres Public
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres Injury Update: Josh Johnson plays catch for first time since surgery

The San Diego Padres won 77 games this season despite finishing 30th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. The strength of the team was a strong pitching staff that ranked fourth in ERA at 3.27. One pitcher who hopes to bolster the staff even further is Josh Johnson, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. The good news is that Johnson played catch for the first time in five months...
Via MLB Injury News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: David Eckstein reads mean blog posts about himself

Former Angels and Cardinals middle infielder David Eckstein was one of the most polarizing players in baseball during his career. Some trashed him for being a mediocre (if that) player, while others lauded his scrappiness and grit. Eckstein took it all in stride over the years, and stars in this MLB Fan Cave video where he reads mean blog posts about himself. Any video that quotes...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Random Bits and Bites Thrown Together and Cooked Down to a Tasteless Broth of Opinion

I call it a “Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage” It’s been a while since I wrote anything that wasn’t a While You Were Drinking or a news item.  And let’s be honest.  There’s only so many ways someone can say “this team sucks” and not come off as a total prick.  But make no mistake, this Padres team definitely sucked this year. Yeah, sure, they...
Via Padres Public
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Fall Ball Update: 10/8 – 10/14

Losers of 3 straight, the Surprise Saguaros went 3-3 this past week to improve their record to 3-4. Despite their losing record, the Saguaros are actually in first place due in large part to many positive contributions from Padres prospects.   Hitters: Mallex Smith – CF: 1-10, RBI, 3BB, 4K, SB(1), Run scored Jace Peterson – 2B: 3- 12, 2B, RBI, 2K, SB(1), 2 Runs scored Hunter...
Via Friarhood
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Embracing the Possibility of Yasmany Tomas

If there’s one thing that the San Diego Padres have become synonymous with in recent years, it’s not the acquisition of high-priced free agents. In fact, when the Padres doled out a combined three years and $23.5 million to pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Josh Johnson last offseason – a paltry sum in today’s market – it represented a relative spending outburst in San Diego...
Via Padres Public
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Very Interested in Yasmany Tomas

The San Diego Padres finished the 2014 season with a record of 77-85, third in the National League West. The Padres excellent pitching staff couldn't overcome a woeful offense that was 30th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Looking for bats in the off season, the Padres have expressed serious interest in Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who has worked out twice with the...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: San Diego focusing on offense

 The San Diego Padres finished the 2014 season with a 77-85 record, third in the National League West. Although the Padres had excellent pitching which ranked fourth in the Major Leagues in ERA, they were a dreadful 30th in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and runs scored. Generally pitching is thought to win championships, but the Padres will...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fall Ball Update: 10-7-14

The AFL season is underway! This year, the Padres prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaros. The Saguaros lost to the Javelinas 5-4 in their season debut, but the Padres prospects contributed positively.   Hitters: Mallex Smith – CF: 1-4, K Jace Peterson – 2B: 1-4 Hunter Renfroe – RF: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs scored   Pitchers: Burch Smith – RP: 1.0 IP, 1H, 1R, 2BB  ...
Via Friarhood
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: San Diego works out Yasmany Tomas

The San Diego Padres ended the 2014 season with a record of 77-85, third in the National League West. At fourth in the league in team ERA, the Padres were let down by an anemic offense that was 30th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Looking for bats in the off season, the Padres have expressed interest in and worked out Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.#163081814 / gettyimages.comJesse...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Patton opts for free agency

Left handed relief pitcher Troy Patton has elected free agency. The 29-year-old Patton pitched 7 1/3 innings for the San Diego Padres after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles mid-season. Despite pitching well in his limited work, the Padres opted to designated him for assignment. Now Patton is free to sign with whomever he chooses. He will look to occupy a left handed role...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New Padres GM: Bud Black returning as manager in 2015

  Arguably the worst year in San Diego Padres history ended with an eighth straight season out of the playoffs and manager Bud Black still employed. Now it's new general manager A.J. Preller's turn to start putting his stamp on a team that has good pitching, is in desperate need of impact bats and continues to struggle early in the season and then plays well when it'...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres were selling Johnny Manziel jerseys

Everybody’s cashing in—or is trying to, anyway. While drafting Johnny Manziel to play second base was a nice publicity move earlier this summer, the San Diego Padres reportedly took things a step further by selling his jersey inside of the team’s shop. Johnny Manziel baseball jersey at San Diego @Padres team store @darrenrovell — Luke Wolfe (@LukeWolfe21...
Via Waiting For Next Year
28 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball could be played in San Diego during September...
Via The Outside Corner
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Everth Cabrera arrested for DUI in San Diego

In a season marred by injury, disappointment, and historically bad performances, it doesn’t seem that the 2014 season can end soon enough for the San Diego Padres without first enduring some extra drama before game 162. This morning, TMZ Sports announced on Twitter – along with a confirmed Police Report – that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was arrested shortly after midnight...
Via Friarhood
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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