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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Padres doing due diligence on Ron Washington for managerial opening

Jon Heyman says that the Padres are doing “due diligence” on Braves third base coach Ron Washington as a possible candidate for their vacant manager job.

Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). Throughout that time current Padres general manager A.J. Preller was in the Rangers front office, so he is familiar with Washington and his work.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, padres, ron washington

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Padres owner Ron Fowler says ‘heads will roll’ if team doesn’t win in 2020, including his own

The San Diego Padres had high hopes heading into the 2019 season after signing Manny Machado to a $300 million deal and promoting uber prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Maybe they didn’t think they’d be a playoff team, but they’d at least stay in the hunt until August.

After starting 11-5 and entering the All-Star break at 45-45, that looked possible, but a slow second half left them in the basement of the NL West at 70-92. That was still a four-win improvement over 2018 but not enough for owner Ron Fowler.

“If we don’t win in 2020, heads will roll,” Fowler told reporters on Monday, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Mine will be the first one.

“We had expectations that were higher than that,” he said later. “And we played .500 baseball up to the All-Star Game, and we played (25-47) after that. We might have been the worst team in baseball after the break. I haven’t checked. It’s embarrassing.”

You know, it would be quite something if a baseball team owner did such a thing in the Gaslamp Quarter, especially if there were conventions in town…..

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, ron fowler

Friday, September 27, 2019

Moises Alou takes his name out of the running for the Padres job

When Andy Green was fired as Padres manager a few reporters said that Moises Alou, who works a Padres special assistant, would be a top candidate for the job. One reporter even said that the job was his for the taking if he wanted it.

Whether that was true or not is probably unknowable by anyone outside of the Padres organization, but it’s also academic because ESPN’s Enrique Rojas says that Alou has taken himself out of the running due to family reasons.

*Sees this as opportunity to dust off CV, apply for the position*

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: moises alou, padres

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Padres fire manager Andy Green; communication issues cited

There will be a new manager when the Padres are wearing their new brown uniforms next season.

Andy Green was fired Saturday morning, two years before his contract was due to expire and after four seasons with a 274-366 record.

Bench coach Rod Barajas was named interim manager and served in that role Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“When you look at the way the last two months … and what improvements are being made and how things were playing out on a daily basis, it just didn’t feel like we were going to get there with Andy as our manager,” said General Manager A.J. Preller, who several times called Green a friend. “That’s a tough thing to say. Ultimately, we hire a manager and it’s my job to put players on the field. I’ve been beating myself up a lot over the course of the last few months. It just didn’t feel like this was going to work for the long-term.”

Maybe it’s me, but brown uniforms aren’t exactly promising as a way to indicate that you’ve turned the corner…..

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, firings, padres

Monday, August 26, 2019

Padres pull hilarious prank on visiting Red Sox fans during ‘Sweet Caroline’ singalong

Anyone who has ever attended a Boston Red Sox road game likely noticed that Red Sox fans are everywhere. They have fans in every city. They travel well. 

And if you’re a small-market (and struggling) team like the San Diego Padres, Red Sox fans can basically take over the stadium. On Sunday, though, the Padres production team at Petco Park managed to hit back at the large Red Sox contingent in epic fashion.

During a mid-inning promotion, the Padres held a stadium-wide karaoke to the Fenway Park staple “Sweet Caroline.” But the joke was on all those Red Sox fans waiting to belt out “Sweeeeeeet Car-roooo-linnnnne!”

A bit obvious, I admit- but it’s more or less exactly what Neil Diamond songs deserve….

 

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 03:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, red sox

Friday, August 09, 2019

Bill Walton Has The Time Of His Life At The Padres Game

Listen. If Bill Walton is calling a given day “the greatest day of my life,” that’s a real day! The man has been many places and done many things. He won two NCAA championships, two NBA titles, and an MVP, to say nothing of getting married and having kids and all that type of stuff. But apparently none of that measures up to Thursday, August 8, 2019, the day that Walton jammed out with his Grateful Dead tribute band, threw out a couple of ceremonial first pitches, and, uhh, attended a Rockies-Padres game.

First came the jamming. Thursday was the inaugural Grateful Dead Tribute Night at the Padres’ stadium, and Walton joined the Electric Waste Band, a “crowd-inspired high energy improvisational rock n roll” act “featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead,” for a two hour pre-game concert. The humongous goofus apparently worked his way into a gig playing bongos with the band, and so there he was, Thursday afternoon in San Diego, jamming on the bongos with his pals

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Next up came the ceremonial first pitch. Walton was shown on the sidelines before the game, sort of pantomiming his throwing motion and loosening up the shoulder. But the pitch itself was a real mess, short and way left. Bummer!

Something to add to the list of first pitch debacles that we have seen over the years- on the bright side, at least he won’t be out for the coming NBA season with a foot injury.

QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bill walton, first pitch, padres

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bauer headed to Reds in 3-team deal

CIN: Trevor Bauer
SD: Taylor Trammell
CLE: Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, Victor Nova

Me: WTF?


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Padres need pitching, and Mets’ Noah Syndergaard could be the starter they land

NEW YORK – It’s no secret the San Diego Padres seek a front-of-the-rotation starter.

San Diego has plenty of young, exciting position players to build around like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, but they lack elite arms.

There are certainly some pitchers to be excited about, like Chris Paddack and lefty prospect MacKenzie Gore, but there is always risk in building around pitching prospects, both due to the injury concerns and the developmental process.

For a team that seems ready to take that next step, adding a premium, established starter could go a long way toward speeding up the contending process.

Bit of a risky move- there are people who invade San Diego every year who like Thor, but I get the impression that the locals aren’t fond of those folk….

 

QLE Posted: July 25, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: noah syndergaard, padres, trade talk

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Padres’ Logan Allen savors the moment in impressive debut - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some interesting side stories make for an interesting first game for Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: logan allen, padres

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Garro: Franmil Reyes is the homer-mashing, singing baseball hero we need

There’s something happening in San Diego. Led by a stable crop of young sluggers and phenom pitchers like Chris Paddack and his filthy repertoire of pitches, the club is off to a solid start in the NL West.

But the Padres sport a two-way star who is deserving of your attention. Not a two-way star in the vein of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who does his thing a few miles up I-5, but a two-way star dabbling in two entirely different entertainment media.

I’m talking about Franmil Reyes, who is mashing homers and delighting his dugout with his rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” the song originally penned by Dolly Parton and made legendary by the late Whitney Houston in the 1990s.

I have to say I was unfamiliar with Franmil Reyes before the current Padres-Phillies series, despite his great stats in his short career thus far. Seems like a cool guy.

He hit two solo homers late in the game last night, helping the Padres shrink an 8-2 deficit to 9-6. He now has 19 homers and 31 RBIs which seems like an insane ratio but might be normal nowadays.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, reyes

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ian Kinsler shouts f-bombs at hometown fans

Padres infielder Ian Kinsler went into last night’s game against the Pirates hitting .171/.230/.316. He’s gotten a lot of heat from Padres fans for that. Some players let that kind of thing get to them, some don’t. Kinsler’s behavior last night made it pretty clear that it’s been getting to him.

We know this because when Kinsler hit a go-ahead three-run homer in last night’s game against the Pirates he flipped his bat — and it was a pretty sweet flip — and when he crossed the plate he raised both hands up, looked into the crowd and dropped some f-bombs which seemed to be aimed directly at the hometown fans:

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I can’t read lips well, but it seems to me he’s saying “F*** you, f*** all you” as he crossed the plate. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that once Kinsler got to the dugout he said “F*** every single one of these F***s,” as he put his helmet in the bin at the end of the dugout. The words were, apparently, audible on the original broadcast of the game.

Has Kinsler really played long enough for the Padres for them to be considered “hometown” fans for him?

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kinsler, obscenities, padres

Friday, May 17, 2019

Padres set MLB record as no-hitter drought reaches 8,020 games

When the San Diego Padres took the field for the first time on April 8, 1969, no one could have imagined this moment would come.

Yet here we are, 50 years, one month and eight days later, still waiting on the franchise’s first no-hitter.

It wasn’t to be again on Thursday.

Left-hander Eric Lauer couldn’t get anywhere near the elusive finish line. When he allowed a third-inning single to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Adam Frazier, the Padres’ streak without a no-hitter reached 8,020 games.

Somewhere, one can hear Mets fans popping corks- they might not have a better excuse anytime soon….

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: no-hitters, padres, streaks

Monday, May 13, 2019

Padres temporarily lost Twitter handle after changing it to ‘Madres’ for Mother’s Day

If you’re running a major brand account, it’s never a good idea to temporarily change your Twitter handle - even if there is coordination with Twitter itself. The San Diego Padres learned that the hard way on Sunday.

The Padres’ social team had an interesting idea in celebration of Mother’s Day. They opted to do away with their “@Padres” Twitter handle for a day in favor of “@Madres.” That made sense, I guess. It’s Mother’s Day - let’s give the moms a shoutout across the #brands for #engagement.

But the Padres didn’t change their display name - they changed their actual handle. And, evidently, someone forgot to lock down the handle on a separate account. This was what their Twitter page looked like on Sunday.

That presented an opportunity for Calvin College baseball player Ricky Padilla. He immediately took notice to the available @Padres handle and claimed it for himself.

In numerous ways, social media is rather bewildering to me- here is another example of how….

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mother's day, padres, social media, twitter

Monday, May 06, 2019

MLB roundup: Padres beat Dodgers on PH, walk-off slam

Pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe hit a walk-off grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with two out in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon to give the host San Diego Padres an 8-5 victory to avoid being swept in a three-game series at Petco Park.

Chris Taylor had put the Dodgers ahead 5-4 with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth off Padres reliever Robbie Erlin.

Dodgers pitchers had held the Padres to three hits and retired 14 straight — including seven straight by strikeouts at one point — when Eric Hosmer opened the bottom of the ninth with a single to left off Jansen, who had picked up saves in each of the first two games of the series.

Manuel Margot and Wil Myers followed with back-to-back bunt singles to the left side to load the bases with no one out. Two outs later, Renfrow belted his fifth career grand slam — and seventh homer of the season — on a cut fastball. It was the first walk-off win of the season for the Padres, and the first pinch-hit walk-off grand slam in franchise history.

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, grand slam, padres, pinch-hit dingers

Sunday, April 28, 2019

MLB roundup: Padres come up big in 10th

Manuel Margot’s bases-loaded single keyed a six-run 10th inning, and the visiting San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive win.

Ty France singled off Wander Suero (1-3) to open the 10th, and Francisco Mejia doubled to right. Greg Garcia then flied out to deep left, scoring France with the go-ahead run.

After Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers walked to load the bases, Washington’s Justin Miller entered and hit Manny Machado with a pitch, forcing in the fourth San Diego run. Margot lined a two-run single to left to make it 6-2. Hunter Renfroe added a sacrifice fly, and another run scored on center fielder Victor Robles’ throwing error.

Luis Perdomo (1-0) struck out the side in the ninth inning for the win. Robbie Erlin yielded a run in the bottom of the 10th in a non-save situation.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2019 at 04:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, padres

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Anderson Espinoza undergoes 2nd Tommy John surgery | San Diego Padres

Right-hander Anderson Espinoza underwent his second Tommy John surgery on Monday, a crushing blow for the one-time Padres top prospect, who hasn’t pitched since 2016, but worked his way back from the first surgery to join big league camp this spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2019 at 07:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: anderson espinoza, injuries, padres, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ryan Ludwick to join Reds

Puzzling strategy. With Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce, aren’t the Reds outfielders going to wilt in the hot sun due to their skin color?

Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the team.

An All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh at the July 31 deadline last season. He batted a combined .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs.

Ludwick could give the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve been seeking to complement lefty sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He figures to see playing time in left field, a spot filled mostly by Chris Heisey down the stretch last season after Cincinnati traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, pirates, reds

Monday, January 16, 2012

TSN: Padres sale held up by questions about limited partners

Here we go again:

Major League Baseball has been embarrassed in recent years by financial debacles surrounding the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. And baseball is determined to avoid being burned again, Forbes.com reports.

That’s the real reason owners tabled approval of the sale of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad at last week’s owners meetings, the report says. Commissioner Bud Selig is not convinced of the net worth of Moorad’s limited partners and is putting them “under a microscope,” Forbes reports.

Mike Emeigh Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, padres

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Blasts from the Past

With the Hall of Fame results being announced today, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up some old scouting reports from the Baseball America archives on some of the ballot’s notable candidates. . .

8. Barry Larkin, ss, 21, 5-11, 175, R-R
Larkin looked right at home in AA, hitting .267 for Vermont. He didn’t show power (one home run in 255 at-bats), but that will come. The key for him was just getting his feet on the ground, and he was not overpowered by the high level of competition (21 strikeouts in 255 at-bats). He will have good power for a shortstop.

6. Edgar Martinez, 3b, 25, 5-11, 175, R-R
Martinez’s discipline will produce runs. He’s averaged 70 RBIs the last four years. In the field, he’s solid, with good reactions and the soft hands of a middle infielder.

Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: January 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, braves, hall of fame, mariners, padres, reds, yankees

Friday, January 06, 2012

Cubs acquire Rizzo in trade with Padres

Theo: You’re looking good, Riz.
Rizzo: Eat your heart out.
Theo: And sloppy seconds are my style!

The Cubs acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres on Friday, sending right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na to San Diego.

The 22-year-old Rizzo batted .331 with a 1.056 OPS, 34 doubles, 26 homers and 101 RBIs in 93 games for Triple-A Tucson last year… Rated the top first-base prospect in the league by MLB.com, Rizzo struggled during his brief time in the Majors last season batting .141 with one home run and nine RBIs in 49 games…

Cates, 22… made his professional debut last year, posting a 4-10 record and 4.73 ERA in 118 innings over 25 starts for Class A Fort Wayne. He struck out nearly a batter an inning and allowed only four home runs on the year.

Cashner, 25, went 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 60 big league appearances with the Cubs, including one start, over the last two years….he was limited to just seven outings in the Majors last season due to a right shoulder strain.

Na, 20, hit .268 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 83 games between four different teams in the Cubs’ Minor League system last year.

The District Attorney Posted: January 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, padres

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Fangraphs: Q&A: Bud Black: Pitching at Petco

DL: Should you pitch more to contact in Petco than in other ballparks?

BB: I think that you can, but there are a couple of ways to look at that. You don’t want to lay the ball in there. But I do think that it can help you mentally — knowing that if you throw the ball to certain spots — you can feel good about it. When you’re behind in the count, you can throw to certain spots, as well.

More than anything, if you’re a strike-thrower… that helps you at Petco. If you’re an extreme fly ball pitcher, that helps you at Petco. When the ball gets hit into the air, it hangs up and maybe doesn’t travel as well because of the coastal situation we have — the heaviness of the air. It’s not unlike San Francisco or Dodger Stadium.

Some pitchers might be hurt because they’re fly ball pitchers. That doesn’t apply to us as much because we play 81 games in our park, plus nine more in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

DL: Do you want fly ball pitchers on your staff, as opposed to guys who tend to keep the ball on the ground?

BB: Not necessarily. It’s whatever a pitcher has results with. It’s simply that a fly ball pitcher isn’t effected as much in Petco as he would be in a place like Cincinnati, Philadelphia or Toronto.

Thanks to Abe.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, sabermetrics

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Padres acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox

As Byrnes put it, “We twa hae run about the braes after being hit by a pitch, and pu’d the gowans fine.”

The Padres just announced that they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for prospect right-hander Simon Castro and prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

The District Attorney Posted: December 31, 2011 at 07:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, white sox

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