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Monday, August 21, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - San Diego Padres

Part 3: San Diego Padres
Ooh, It’s the new Petco Thread.
The Padres have an interesting history, in the fact they have so little of it. Other than Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, it’s a franchise short on long-time Pads. Eric Show, he of the John Birch Society membership, Pete Rose’s Ty-breaking hit and a drug-related demise, remains the club’s all-time win leader, and its retired numbers list includes a famous, and widely loathed, Dodger.
The ballpark, by most accounts, is among the league’s best. It replaced a stadium once named for a sportswriter, which was a nice feature for this former member of the frat. Oddly, it was the original park that underwent multiple name changes, from San Diego to Jack Murphy to Qualcomm, and for one night in December 2011, Snapdragon Stadium. However, that was when the building’s sole tenant was the now-departed Chargers.
Petco is the only name the new place has ever owned. Will inertia be enough to keep it?
Perhaps Robinred could come out of hibernation to help us out here. Eh, we’ll probably just get a Gambling Rent return.

Ballpark History

Built: 2004
Capacity: 40,209
Name: Petco Park (2004-present)
Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Qualcomm (San Diego, Jack Murphy) Stadium 1967-2003. 
Distinctive Features: The Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner; a ship’s whistle from the USS Ronald Reagan sounds upon a Padre homer or victory; it’s located in San Diego for crying out loud. What else do you need?

Ballpark Highlights:
Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs played the first game in the park, setting an NCAA attendance record.
Japan defeated Cuba to win the first World Baseball Classic title here in 2006.
In 2007, Barry Bonds homered off Clay Hensley to tie Hank Aaron’s record for career dingers. 
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum threw the park’s first no-hitter against the Padres in 2013. When he repeated the feat the following year at China Basin, he became the first pitcher to no-hit the same team twice since Addie Joss.
Once a year, the Padres don the sport’s worst uniforms, saluting the strong naval presence in the city by dressing as if they’re in the army.

Edit

And, by Dag’s request: the winner of the most recent naming competition: Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington.

SoSH U at work Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium names

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jered Weaver Announces Retirement | MLB.com

He had a great career.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jared weaver, padres

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres

I like a good “gimme all your guys” trade.

Royals send back Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and an a-ball IF


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Dave Roberts, Andy Green ejected after fracas | MLB.com

Nobody is stealing this sign.

via GIPHY

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Shortstop part of Luis Urias’ baseball education - The San Diego Union-Tribune

There, the 5-foot-9 Urias’ focus is on lateral footwork and getting in position to allow momentum to take him toward first base on throws. The hope, Hooper said, is the strides he takes on the left side of the diamond improves his defense at second.

“He’s improving,” Hooper said. “I do know that. Is he going to be an everyday shortstop in the big leagues? Probably not. It’s just the foot speed and the range to be a big league shortstop might be tough on an everyday basis, but the arm plays. But I truly believe he can play all three positions and can play shortstop in a pinch.

“There’s no question about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 07:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis urias, padres, prospects

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stephen Strasburg sets career high with 15 K’s | MLB.com

Should it really count when it’s against a bad AAA team?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, padres, stephen strasburg

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Arizona football to add QB Donavan Tate, former 3rd overall MLB draft pick

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez before an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
The Arizona Wildcats are adding another name to their starting quarterback competition, and it’s a player who is eight years removed from his football career. Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, will join Rich Rodriguez’s team as a 26-year-old freshman.

Rodriguez announced the addition of a former baseball player at an event Wednesday night, and the Arizona Daily Star’s Michael Lev reported it was, in fact, Tate, the former San Diego Padres prospect.

In 2009, Tate was ranked as the 89th-best football prospect as a quarterback out of Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Ga., and committed to attend North Carolina before turning pro as a baseball player.

Taken after Tate was some kid from New Jersey named Mike Trout.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, donovan tate, padres

Monday, May 01, 2017

‘Pitch’ Officially Cancelled After One Season at Fox

Though “Pitch” was one of the most hotly anticipated new series of the 2016-2017, the cancellation is not a surprise. Despite the early buzz, the baseball drama never connected with viewers, averaging a 0.8 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the 18-49 demo and 3 million total viewers per episode. Following its first 10 episodes, Fox did not go forth with a back-order, signaling the imminent cancellation.

Premiering in September 2016, “Pitch” last aired in early December of last year. However, Fox executives remained optimistic about the show, telling reporters in January that no decision had been made yet. “We were very proud of ‘Pitch,’ Fox boss Gary Newman said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We would have loved to have a bigger audience.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 09:56 PM | 188 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in television, padres, women in baseball

A.J. Preller discusses building Padres’ core | MLB.com

MLB.com: Daniels once referred to you as “a tremendous talent evaluator.” That’s not something you can learn in school. How did you develop your ability to evaluate baseball talent?

Preller: In general, any evaluator, it comes down to two things. There’s a certain level of feel that you have to have; a feel for people, a feel for ability. Then it comes down to work ethic. If you have guys that merge those two areas together in terms of a feel for looking at people, reading people and players and a thirst to want to go see more and do more, usually when you do that, it leads you to good things. It’s definitely not a science. I think the more that you have in terms of the ability to read and the ability to work, usually that will lead to good results.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Creative Theater Production Knits Baseball and Politics

Safe at Home is a unique production, staged at St. Paul’s CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, an independent baseball team known for its creative and wacky promotions and for being one of the best fan experiences in baseball. The Saints lent their three-year old park in the heart of St. Paul for Safe at Home. Groups of roughly 25 audience members were brought through nine areas of the stadium, with a seven-minute scene unfolding at each stop along the way. I attended the production Saturday, March 11, the fifth of the production’s six-night run.

CHS Field, a 7,210-seat stadium, serves as a stand-in for San Diego’s PETCO Park. The night of the play, the park is set to host Game Seven of the World Series between the Padres and the Rangers, creating a scenario in which a first-time champion is guaranteed. But in the play’s first scene, a bombshell is dropped at the Padres manager’s pre-game press conference: San Diego’s Game Seven starter, 25-year-old Dominican sensation Victor Castillo, is considering a monumental protest, in the form of refusing to pitch.’

As the audience moves through the stadium, the story reveals itself. A conversation between a young Dominican churro vendor and a veteran white beer vendor reveals the difference in perceptions of Castillo among San Diego’s racial communities. A trip to an out-of-the-way media room reveals the club owner’s attempt to bribe the reporter pushing the boycott story. In the men’s bathroom, two friends argue over one’s decision to wear the rivals’ colors in blatant disrespect of the man who provided the tickets. The next stop, the luxury suite of the Democratic candidate for President, reveals the implications of Castillo’s decision go far deeper than just the result of Game Seven.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, st. paul, theater

Saturday, April 15, 2017

How the Padres Are Pioneering a New Tanking Method – The Ringer

A.J. Preller, go big or go home.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, rule 5 draft

Saturday, April 08, 2017

What’s behind the ludicrous roster on baseball’s biggest tank | New York Post

It’s a long-term rebuild. If you take a look at their farm system, you can clearly see where the Padres are going. Before the *expected* payoff, though, there is going to be some bad baseball in San Diego.

The problem, though, is as much who assembled the roster as the roster itself. If Theo Epstein, for example, had hatched this plan, it might not be beloved, but the criticism would be more muted. Often without being provoked by a question, scouts I talked to in Arizona and outside-looking executives slammed what the Padres were doing, and it felt more personal toward Preller.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 08:52 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

San Diego Padre for Life: Team Continues Support for Disabled Former Pitcher

As for the San Diego Padres, they could have ended their contract with him, since he was no longer able to fulfill his obligations on the mound. Instead, they have continued to sign LaChappa to a Minor League contract each year, for more than 20 years – thus ensuring that he has a small income plus the health insurance he needs.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, padres

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Padres to sign Cuban lefty Osvaldo Hernandez

The Padres have agreed to sign Cuban pitching prospect Osvaldo Hernandez for $2.5 million, according to a source. The 18-year-old left-hander will join a record-breaking international class on which the Padres have spent roughly $80 million since July 2.

Hernandez, who was declared a free agent last month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Astros, Cardinals and Braves. The 6-footer has a fastball that reaches 94 mph. His secondary pitches — a curveball, slider and change-up — are considered advanced for his age.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, osvaldo hernandez, padres

Monday, February 27, 2017

This is not a metaphor: San Diego Padres’ Petco Park is underwater

Here’s the Padres’ official explanation, courtesy of FOX 5:
San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told FOX 5 an amount of rain had fallen so quickly the drainage was slow to keep up. Field crews do not anticipate any damage from the standing water.

The Padres also noted there was not grass on the field because of a recently hosted monster-truck rally. Presumably, Petco will be in better shape come April 7. That’s when the Padres will host the San Francisco Giants to kick off their home slate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, petco park

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.


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

Saturday, December 17, 2011

MLB.com: Reds acquire Latos from Padres

There is a whole lot of talent changing hands here.

The Reds and Padres announced a five-player deal Saturday, as Cincinnati sent right-hander Edinson Volquez and three of its top 10 prospects to the Padres for right-hander Mat Latos.

Along with Volquez, the Padres acquired right-hander Brad Boxberger, infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. All were recently named among Cincinnati’s top 10 prospects by MLB.com (Alonso second, Grandal fifth and Boxberger sixth).

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 17, 2011 at 07:33 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, padres, reds

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kevin Goldstein: Padres Top 11 Prospects

System In 20 Words Or Less: Not star-studded but loaded with depth, as you could jumble numbers one-to-seven in any order and not get a big argument.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Rymer Liriano, OF
2. Robbie Erlin, LHP
3. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
4. Cory Spangenberg, 2B
5. Joe Wieland, RHP
6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
7. Casey Kelly, RHP
8. Austin Hedges, C
9. Joe Ross, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
10. Keyvius Sampson, RHP
11. Donavan Tate, OF

Nine More:
12. Jaff Decker, OF: Outfielder with power, walks and the athleticism of a beer-league softball player.
13. Reymond Fuentes, OF: Outstanding defender in center with speed; big questions about bat and power.
14. James Darnell, OF: Great year at Double-A, but it was a level repeat and he’s no longer an infielder.
15. Blake Tekotte, OF: Hard not to love for effort; good fourth-outfielder skills.
16. Edinson Rincon, OF: Scouts like the bat, but power is debatable and defense is ugly.
17. Jonathan Galvez, 2B: Gap power and speed, but bad approach and poor defense.
18. Matt Lollis, RHP: Right-handed has the size of a defensive end, but needs to harness his stuff.
19. Adys Portillo, RHP: Progress is disturbingly slow, but upside is still there.
20. Simon Castro, RHP: Has gone backwards from big prospect days, as fastball is only dependable pitch.

Tripon Posted: December 16, 2011 at 03:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, padres, prospect reports, scouting

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Padres get Huston Street from Rockies to replace Heath Bell

UPDATE: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that it’s a done deal, with the Padres assuming “most” of Street’s contract and sending the Rockies a player to be named later in exchange….

Olney describes the talks as “ongoing” and Street has been linked to several other teams at various points this month, with the Rockies now preferring Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning.

He’s pricey at $7.5 million with a $9 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2013, but Street is still just 28 years old with a 3.11 career ERA that includes a 3.50 ERA and outstanding 170/33 K/BB ratio in 167 innings for the Rockies. Toss in the fact that going from Coors Field to Petco Park would solve his issues keeping the ball in the ballpark and Street could really thrive in San Diego as Heath Bell‘s replacement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rockies

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