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  • Buddy spent a good amount of time exercising his team challenges (and his legs) trotting between the dugout and the field. Here's a stat breakdown of his success with his first season with replay review, and the effect it had on the leagu... read more...
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  • Since the baseball world's collective eyes are focused on the Royals and Giants, it seemed like a good time to dust off my old baseball cards of Padres manager Bud Black from when he played with each team. This half of the ensuing blog-post doubleheader will take a l... read more...
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  • As it has been for a while now, Friar Forecast is in archive mode. We’ve switched from a self-hosted platform to wordpress.com to avoid having to continuously pay for hosting, however we’ve kept the domain name so all of the links should still work. This should allow the archives for the blog to remain online for all of eternity. Thanks for the... read more...
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  • I’m up to my eyeballs researching players who walked a lot. Did you know that the longest streak of drawing one or more walks in consecutive games since at least 1919 is 22, by Roy Cullenbine, who did it in 1947? Did you also know that the longest such streak by a currently active player is 16, by Chipper Jones, who did it in 1999? Well, now you do. And you also ha... read more...
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  • I’m a little concerned about Tim Stauffer’s workload this season. The obvious reason for this, which I mention in my latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) — it’s about that bizarre walkoff walk/protest game between the Padres and Diamondbacks this past Saturday — is that Stauff... read more...
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  • Baseball is in the air. Players are beginning to report to spring training. The Padres appear to be nearly set with only a couple 25 man spots up for grabs. Although the 2012 draft is not until June, the Padres surely have scouts getting ready for the high school and college baseball season about to begin. With the seventhoverall pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Dr... read more...
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  • Here’s another idea I’ll probably drop real quick: Every month, I’m going to go over which players are giving the owner-less Padres the most bang for their buck. As the season hasn’t started yet, this is based on projections but as the season goes on, I’ll update it with real numbers. 1. Cameron Maybin The cente... read more...
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  • Padres skipper Bud Black started Alberto Gonzalez at first base on Friday evening against the Dodgers. The results were predictably awful, as Ted Lilly and three relievers proceeded to blank the home club on four hits. With Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman nursing injuries and a lefty on the mound, Black’s ... read more...
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  • I thought I would take a look at the Padres current roster and offer my opinions and thoughts on how the Padres may be viewing/valuing their established players. I am leaving off some of the younger players that still need some more evaluation time and/or are not expected to receive a lot of playing time in 2012 at the major league level. I would like to see some more dat... read more...
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  • We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time -T.S. Eliot As another season draws to a close, so does another year of following the Padres at Ducksnorts. And while our favorite baseball team will return to fight again next yea... read more...
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  • Nice outing by Cory Luebke on Monday night at Coors Field, eh? Luebke and Ernesto Frieri combined to spin the 25th one-hitter in Padres history. The only blemish was a two-run homer to dead center off the bat of Rockies second baseman Mark Ellis. Luebke fell behind in the count, 3-1, and then grooved a fastba... read more...
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  • As the top 100 lists are making their rounds, I can’t help but feel proud to be a Padres fan at this time. The Padres find themselves well represented. Padres prospects appearing on reputable top 100 lists include Yonder Alonso, Cory Spangenberg, Jed Gyorko, Yasmani Grandal, Austin Hedges, Keyvious Sampson, Robbie Erlin, Joseph Wieland, Casey Kelly, Rymer Liriano, Jaff De... read more...
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  • My Dearest Sac Bunters, It is with great pleasure to inform you that The Sacrifice Bunt has joined an awesome collective of Padres Bloggers called Padres Public. Join us there for content from your best buds Ray and Mel, plus loads of other great Padres writers. Forever Yours, Melvin | ... read more...
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