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  • With the Angels playing the San Diego Padres this week, it got me thinking about Earl Averill, one of the original Angels, who won a Most Valuable Player award while playing for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1958.  The Major League Padres began as a franchise in 1969, but there had been a team in San Diego in the PCL called the Padres ever since 1936 ... read more...
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  • Note: The conclusions reached herein do not necessarily match the title; Derek Norris is neither fully to blame for the home runs problems or the plight of humankind. We’re just following standard internet get-readers-riled-up headline making.  A couple of week ago I wrote about Derek Norris’ pitch framing struggles, noting that Norris’ early numbers, perhaps surprisingly,... read more...
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  • Earlier this season, Padres manager Bud Black called James Shields “just as advertised.” He’s currently 6-0 and leads the National League in strikeouts (82) through 10 starts. Yet he hasn’t been as perfect as those numbers indicate, with his 3.75 ERA and 15 home runs given up.The negative though has been neutralized by the amount of runs the Padres have scored in his start... read more...
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  • The days of possessing a perennially low-scoring offense were supposed to be gone after the San Diego Padres made a number of offseason moves to improve the lineup. San Diego's inability to find consistency at the plate has contributed to its current slump, one they'll look to break out of Tuesday night against the host Los Angeles Angels. The Padres (21-25) haven't finish... read more...
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  • Before we get to today’s pitchers duels, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is because of you that we can celebrate Memorial Day today. Today is a pretty sparse day across the league, but we have dug deep to find you the best possible matchups. Check ’em out: Tyson Ross (SDP) vs. Jered Weaver (LAA) 9:05 p... read more...
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  • Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has long been somewhat of a punching bag for the fan Yonder Alonso base ever since he was acquired as part of the Mat Latos trade in 2011. Most of the scorn had to do with then-general manager giving up on top prospect Anthony Rizzo after only a handful of at-bats. Byrnes flipped Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Andrew Cashner... read more...
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  • A Petco Park groundskeeper provided entertainment to San Diego Padres fans during a rain delay in the top of the first inning of Thursday's game against Washington. After covering the infield, the groundskeeper danced up a storm (pardon the pun) and played slip-and-slide with the tarp.The game resumed after a rain delay of 1 hour and 55 minutes. Interestingly enough, it ... read more...
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  • You could forgive Washington Nationals’ fourth-ranked prospect Joe Ross for feeling a little miffed when a December trade sent him from the San Diego Padres organization to the Nationals as part of the trade that brought Wil Myers to San Diego. The 22-year-old Ross, the Padres’ first round pick in 2011, was about to enter his crucial first full season at the Double-A level... read more...
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  • This is an insane video from a recent San Diego Padres game.  A fan tries a little too hard to go after a foul ball and risks falling an unknown height down to the ground.  However, he’s saved by a nearby cameraman who reaches out to grab his leg and prevent the head-first fall.  Somehow the cameraman is able to hold on to the camera with one hand while reaching out with... read more...
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