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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:

....

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, April 16, 2019

Are upstart Padres now in market for pitching? Nothing’s changed, says A.J. Preller - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres returned to Petco Park with the National League’s best record. Their record, 17 games into the season, was tied for the third-best start in franchise history, matching the 11-6 marks set by the 1991 and 2010 squads and trailing only the 1984 (12-5) and 1998 (14-3) teams.

It’s a nice position to be in, to be sure.

However, it does not, General Manger A.J. Preller said Monday, alter their plans for the season, in particular the way they’ve aligned the rotation to start the year.

“It’s good that we’ve gotten off to a decent start,” Preller said, “but there’s not much different from a planning standpoint. … Until you get a little deeper in the season, whether we get past the draft and we’re 60 games in, (then) you get a feel for exactly what your team needs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Tatis Jr. hits 1st MLB HR; dad will get ball

Merrill Kelly threw a belt-high fastball to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the sixth inning Monday night. Tatis—with that simple, yet violent right-handed swing the Padres have dreamed on for years—turned on it with authority. The baseball soared deep into the left-field seats, and Petco Park rose in unison.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Paddack set for debut in Padres-Giants finale

A second straight Padres starting pitcher will be making his major league debut Sunday afternoon, while the Giants counter with a veteran trying to rebuild his career after a series of shoulder injuries in 2018.

Chris Paddack, 23, who had a great spring following a triumphant 2018 minor league return from Tommy John surgery, will start for the Padres.

The Giants will counter with 34-year-old Jeff Samardzija while looking for a second straight win and a split of the season-opening, four-game series in San Diego.

Paddack, who split the 2018 season between Class-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, has a tough act to follow when it comes to the young Padres rotation. Through the first three games of the season, sophomores Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi and rookie Nick Margevicius have held the Giants to one run on 10 hits, three walks and two hit batters with 15 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

There’s something oddly delightful about the Padres this year- they seem to be defying much of what everyone else is doing with team-building, and it may be interesting if it works….

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, jeff samardzija, padres

Did Padres stars lobby owner to promote top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr.?

We’ve reached a contentious point in the relationship between Major League Baseball’s players and owners. The tensions have risen so fast and so furiously following consecutive winters of jilted free agents, that many fear a work stoppage is inevitable once the current collective bargaining expires in December 2021, and perhaps even sooner.

But a new report has given us some hope, slight as it might be, that finding common ground is at least possible if the two sides are willing to sit down, talk, and even more importantly, listen.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that’s exactly what happened when San Diego Padres stars Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer recently took owner Ron Fowler out to dinner. The players were there to talk business, the report says. The business of winning. To do that, they felt Fowler had to break away from a common practice used by his fellow owners, so they made a proposal.

Interesting piece, with some points of particular interest given what we’ve seen in the sport in the last few years.

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, fernando tatis jr., manny machado, padres, service time

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Giants have oldest team in big leagues, Padres youngest

NEW YORK (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have the oldest average age in the major leagues at 30.63 years and the San Diego Padres have the youngest at 27.11, according to the commissioner’s office.

Oakland is the second-oldest at 30.10, based on opening-day rosters, the commissioner’s office said Friday. Washington is next at 29.84, followed by Colorado (29.59), Texas (29.58) and World Series champion Boston (29.53).

Old jokes die hard, don’t they?

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: age, giants, padres

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Machado brings Manny Mania to rebuilding Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When word of Manny Machado’s $300 million, 10-year contract with the San Diego Padres broke early in spring training, team officials wouldn’t immediately confirm the deal because the All-Star slugger still had to pass a physical.

But that didn’t keep general partner Peter Seidler, a nephew of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Pete O’Malley, from expressing what a monumental move it was for a franchise that had mostly stumbled and bumbled through its 50-year history.

While executive chairman Ron Fowler played the straight man at an impromptu news conference, Seidler couldn’t keep from smiling. He then essentially confirmed that yes, the rebuilding Padres had actually pulled off the splashiest move in their history.

Take a good, long look, folks- this very well may be the last time people ever get excited for Manny Machado.

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, padres

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hosmer feels a different vibe in 2nd season with Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer has been able to focus strictly on baseball this offseason and he likes what he sees with the suddenly dynamic San Diego Padres.

Hosmer arrived at spring training last year after signing a $144 million, eight-year contract as a free agent. The buzz generated by his signing didn’t last long as he struggled in his first season with the Padres, who lost 96 games and finished last in the NL West.

Now the first baseman is energized by being around new teammate Manny Machado, who last week signed a $300 million, 10-year contract, and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who is expected to make his big league debut at some point in 2019.

And, of course, Hosmer will go back to disappointing everyone in 2020, because it’s his nature….

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, padres

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Preller stuns, inspires Padres with clubhouse speech - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Do the Padres have enough offense and pitching to compete for a Wild Card spot?

“It showed he believes in every single person he put in this clubhouse,” reliever Craig Stammen said. “We just didn’t get here randomly. Sometimes you feel that way, especially the last couple years where we’re just rebuilding and rebuilding. You look around and say, ‘Well, why is everybody here? Why is Craig Stammen in the locker room? Was it because they need somebody on the team? Did they just need to fill a roster spot?’ But him talking (Friday) showed he legitimately put effort into putting every single one of us in this clubhouse for a reason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Friday, February 22, 2019

Report: Manny Machado will accommodate Padres’ top prospect with move back to third base

Manny Machado just signed the biggest free agent contract in the history of North American sports. And yet, he likely won’t ever be playing his favored position again if the San Diego Padres’ plan works out.

After spending a full year playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres’ new $300 million man has agreed to move back to third base for his San Diego tenure. The reason why: Fernando Tatis Jr., widely considered the top shortstop prospect in baseball.

That might be an unexpected development for some, but it’s definitely welcome news for those who miss Machado’s absurd web gems at third base and cringed at his defensive numbers in 2018. And it’s also telling just how highly the Padres and the rest of baseball think of Tatis.

Well, that saves us from that nightmare, it appears….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., manny machado, padres, third basemen

Thursday, February 21, 2019

How and why Padres went after Manny Machado - The San Diego Union-Tribune

If the Padres were projected to lose money before signing Machado, they are either lying or terrible with budgets.

Asked last month whether that player and that time could align this offseason, Fowler seemed dubious. He was comfortable with an internal projection that the Padres’ financial losses this season would amount to about $8 million to $9 million “unless A.J. gets somebody we really, really think is a good idea.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

With Machado to Padres, Phillies say they won’t be pressured into a Bryce Harper deal. Now what? – The Athletic

The Machado signing shows that emotion is still part of the process. How many of emotionally motivated signs work out?

Machado’s record deal generates a fascinating dynamic because, over the coming days and weeks, the Phillies will have to make a choice between entertaining fans and running a business. Klentak spoke Tuesday like a callous bookkeeper because he knows agent Scott Boras is listening. And Boras knows the vast amount of pressure on Klentak to land his client, Bryce Harper, no matter the cost. Every public statement and every piece of leaked information has an agenda.

This much became evident on Tuesday: The Phillies had a limit with Machado. They have a limit with Harper. These consultations have included and are supported by owner John Middleton, who has been in Clearwater since the start of spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, padres

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.

Edit: Reportedly 10 years for $300 million. Jim

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2019 at 12:27 PM | 177 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, padres

MLB notebook: Padres reportedly offer Machado up to $280 million

The San Diego Padres are willing to sign free agent infielder Manny Machado to an eight-year contract worth between $240 million and $280 million, USA Today reported on Monday.

The contract offer includes “heavily deferred” compensation, the newspaper said, citing two people familiar with the negotiations.

Machado also has received an offer from the Chicago White Sox. While the exact offer isn’t known, and various reports have been disputed, it is believed to be in the seven-year, $175 million ballpark.

Assuming this is accurate, that would be between $30,000,000 to $35,000,000 per year- wondering what other bids there will be….

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, manny machado, padres

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Four teams are in on Mike Moustakas

Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit of fellow free agent third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado, though their interest in the veteran Moustakas could ramp right back up should they lose out on Machado in the weeks to come.

I thought this film was one that they only sold with a brown paper wrapper….

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brewers, mike moustakas, padres, phillies

Friday, February 15, 2019

Manny Machado reportedly met with Padres GM in Miami

The San Diego Padres’ pursuit of Manny Machado continued with a reported face-to-face meeting earlier this week in Miami.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made the cross-country flight to Miami to meet with Machado and his wife. It’s the second meeting the Padres and Machado have had this offseason, but this one clearly has a more personal feel. Acee termed the meeting “a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement.”

The Padres’ interest in Machado has gradually increased the longer he’s remained available. San Diego has also been a late entry into the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Members of the Padres front office recently flew to Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas to meet with the free agent and his representation.

Quite frankly, any non-Miami-based team meeting with a player in Miami seems more plausible than the Marlins doing so….

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, miami, padres

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Report: Padres hire A.J. Ellis as special assistant to baseball operations

MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that catcher A.J. Ellis has been hired as a special assistant to the Padres’ baseball operations department under executive VP and GM A.J. Preller. That’s a lot of A.J.’s.

There’s got to be a good dissertation in analyzing why back-up catchers seem to flow into baseball management, although I’m not sure if it’s something for the sociologists, the psychologists, or the people in schools of business and administration.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ellis, padres, special assistant

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Long-suffering Padres fans can’t wait to see Tatis Jr.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With a mighty bat flip and joyous home run trot in winter ball, Fernando Tatis Jr. stirred a frenzy among long-suffering San Diego Padres fans eager to see the hotshot shortstop prospect make it to the big leagues.

Tatis’ bat flip after hitting a walk-off homer in a Dominican Winter League playoff game in early January went viral on social media. Fans envision the 20-year-old doing it at Petco Park, perhaps with fewer theatrics than players can get away with in winter ball.

Tatis’ eagerly awaited major league debut most likely will come this year, if not on opening day then after he gets some time in Triple-A.

Hope they don’t mind waiting a few weeks….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres, spring training

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Report: Mets, Padres interested in Gio González

Free agent left-hander Gio González has continued to draw interest from the Mets this offseason, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. They aren’t the only interested party, either, as MLB.com’s Jon Morosi noted Thursday that the Padres have added González’s name to an ever-expanding list of potential free agent targets. Time is running out before the 2019 season kicks off, however, and it remains to be seen whether either team will close a deal with the starter in the weeks to come.

Given the teams in question, we can’t rule out them being interested in Gonzalez for utterly ridiculous reasons.

QLE Posted: February 03, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, mets, padres

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