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  • There will be a special pregame ceremony at AT&T Park tonight to honor our beloved Tony Gwynn. Then the Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie as they attempt to go ahead in the series with a road win against Tim Hudson and the Giants. ... read more...
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  • An alternate name for this quiz could be "Padres taller than Andrew Cashner". He and his former teammate Kyle Blanks (who was born the same day) are among those who missed the cut, standing "just" 6'6". But I had to draw the line somewher... read more...
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  • I've always had an affinity for diminutive big leaguers, dating back to my days as a diminutive little leaguer. While all of my friends and teammates dreamed of growing up to be the next Ken Griffey, Jr. or Barry Bonds, I was drawing baseball cards of my future self ... read more...
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  • San Diego County Supervisors approved $7,500 to purchase signs to memorialize Poway resident and San Diego icon Tony Gwynn.  They'll use money from the community grant fund but eventually plan to repay the state with money from the privat... read more...
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  • Last night was rough. Just awful. Today the Royals will face our old-friend-turned-Giant Jake Peavy. Peavy is looking to help himself to a second straight World Series title after winning it with the Red Sox in 2013. But the majority of the count... read more...
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  • The Padres have a tradition of cycling through hitting coaches. Ben Oglivie, Duane Espy, Dave Magadan, Merv Rettenmund, Wally Joyner, Jim Levebvre, Randy Ready and now Phil Plantier. These are all the hitting coaches that have come an... read more...
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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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