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Padres Rumor Mill: 3/27/15

The Search for a Back-up Catcher With the loss of Tim Federowicz for 3-6 months, it is unclear who the Padres plan to back-up starting catcher Derek Norris. 11-year veteran Wil Nieves seems to be the lead candidate for the spot, especially now that catching prospect Austin Hedges has been optioned to minor-league camp. However, earlier this week, George King III of the...
Via Friarhood
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Black: Different vibe for Padres organization this season

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. "What are we, the Yankees?" Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Andrew Cashner…Because I Made Them Up

San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner gets tangled up trying to catch a throwing ring during activity prior to batting practice warmups a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner had some memorable performances in 2014. Just imagine what he would have done if he hadn’t spent nearly 3 months on the disabled list...
Via Padres Public
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres and Pints: the Podcast! – Episode 19 w/ Special Guest Jason Klein of Brandiose

Jason Klein from San Diego design firm Brandiose joins Rick and Chris as they chat about all design and minor league baseball, or as Jason calls it, “story telling.” Jason shares some crazy ideas implemented by Brandiose previously never seen in minor league baseball, as well as some plans deemed too overboard even for the minors. The guys also discuss the current direction...
Via Padres Public
1 day ago  |  Discuss

7 Reasons You Should Be Excited For the 2015 MLB Season

1. Opening Day It’s the day every baseball fan has been waiting for. Opening Day. It is an atmosphere like no other. It signals the beginning of summer time. Opening day is like a holiday for some (including myself), and great memories are created on Opening Day. 2. Stocked Rotations This season will be another year of the pitcher. Free agent pitcher Max Scherzer signed a...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Tyson Ross…Because I Made Them Up

Starting pitcher Tyson Ross improved upon the success of his 2013 Padres debut with an NL All-Star appearance selection in 2014. As a key member of the Padres rotation, fans are looking for more big things from Ross in 2015. Inspired by a new Friarwire feature by Bill Center, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Ross. And you didn’t know them because they are...
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres powered by Kemp, Upton in win over Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres show off new power with Kemp, Upton; edge Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB 5 Bold Predictions

1. Gerrit Cole will be a top 10 fantasy pitcher The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Their bullpen is one of best bullpens in the National League, and they have a solid starting rotation coming into 2015. The headlining pitcher here is Gerrit Cole, the young flamethrower. Cole is entering his second full season in the Major Leagues, and he looks...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: position battle: shortstop

Clint Barmes Let me preface this article by saying the Padres don’t have a shortstop. Oh, they have Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes and another body or two, but they don’t have a starting quality shortstop they can play everyday. It’s not just the 40-man roster that’s barren with middle-infield depth. There’s nobody in AAA or AA ready to make the jump sometime midseason...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: San Diego Padres

Matt Kemp will attempt to be the primary piece to bring the Padres to the playoffs San Diego Padres 2015 Preview Wow. What an off-season the San Diego Padres had. Upwards of 6 new faces will take the field for San Diego when they open up their season on April 6th at the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game will be one baseball fans should stay glued to as former Dodger superstar Matt...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Middlebrooks was hurt by Red Sox signing of Sandoval

The Boston Red Sox’s pursuit of third baseman Pablo Sandoval was neither quiet nor surprising, so Will Middlebrooks had plenty of time to brace himself for the reality of losing his job. That sense of inevitability did little to lessen the blow. “It stung a little bit, just because I cared so much about being a part of that team,” Middlebrooks, now of the San Diego Padres...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With James Shields, Do the Padres Have the Best Rotation in the National League?

View image | With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
Via TopSportsReport
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Season Hinges On…

And now… everyone’s favorite game show: cue the booming announcer voice Best & worst case scenario!   With the most promising Padres season in a decade looming, let’s take a look at the possible outcomes for some of the Padres storylines this year. Justin Upton: Best case – in a contract year, he finally busts out of his “very good, but not elite” outfielder ceiling...
Via Friarhood
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of The San Diego Padres

The Biggest Home run ever hit in Petco Park was not by a player, but by new GM A.J. Preller. He came in like the Grinch who stole Christmas from all of the big markets to Friar fans delight. The days of avoiding Padres on draft day are over.Just How Good Will the Padres Be in 2015? View image | PlayerGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPSKemp719391027110.4740.5000.8421...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: 3 up and 3 down

Wil Myers Just about everything went wrong for the San Diego Padres on offense last year. Cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin got injured. Third baseman Chase Headley was mired in a slump for much of the first two months, and second baseman Jedd Gyorko was so awful after signing a contract extension the Padres had to make up an injury to keep him out of the lineup. Will Venable, who hit...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Middlebrooks in SD, Ottavino’s New Case Study, LaTroy at 42, more from AZ

Will Middlebrooks is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to explaining his unfulfilled potential in Boston. The 26-year-old third baseman is hesitant to blame injuries – no one wants to be seen as an excuse-maker — but there’s no denying his familiarity with the trainer’s table. Wrist, finger, leg, back – […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Backup Behind the Plate

With the news that Tim “Fed-Ex” Federowicz, acquired in the December Matt Kemp trade, will be sidelined for three to six months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the San Diego Padres are now in search of a catcher to backup All-Star Derek Norris. Many experts have speculated that 22 year old top prospect Austin Hedges could fill that role, being that his...
Via Hot Stove MLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres 2015 Preview and Prediction

It was shaping up to be another ho-hum winter for the Padres when first-year general manager A.J. Preller changed the complexion of the team with a...
Via Athlon Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Outside Corner scouting report: Will Ferrell

2015’s most talked-about minor league signee with an invite to Spring Training made his 10-team debut on Thursday, as Will Ferrell showed off his athletic prowess by playing 10 positions in five games, including acting as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Here’s what you can expect from the newcomer. Will Ferrell: Date of Birth: 7/16/1967 (Will be 48 on July 1st) Height...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Is Hector Olivera a fit?

Hector Olivera Last week it was announced that Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and was free to sign with a team. Baseball America’s Ben Badler recently wrote an article listing the favorites to sign to sign the Cuban defector. Badler named the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers as the front runners to...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks: ‘I Loved My Time In Boston,’ I’m Ready For Padres Career

This embed is invalid" /> Will Middlebrooks’ time with the Red Sox included both highs and lows, yet the third baseman’s passion for playing in Boston never wavered. Middlebrooks, who was traded to the San Diego Padres over the offseason for catcher Ryan Hanigan, is embracing his fresh start on the West Coast. The 26-year-old also recently defended...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Federowicz went to taco stand in Mexico to research trade to Padres

The San Diego Padres overhauled their roster this offseason through a series of trades and signings. Among the transactions saw the arrival of Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. Included in that deal was catcher Tim Federowicz. How Federowicz found out he was traded is quite the story. The 27-year-old spent part of his offseason playing...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

It’s not the complete uniform overhaul that we championed for earlier this month, but the San Diego Padres *will* be bringing back their brown pinstriped uniforms in 2015 for five Wednesday day games. New in 2015: Way Back Wednesdays! For 5 Wednesday day games, team will wear home brown pinstripe uniforms ('85-'90) — San Diego Padres (@Padres...
Via The Outside Corner
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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