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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Melvin Upton enjoying return to adequacy after years of ‘forcing the issue’

And yet, he still isn’t very good.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: melvin upton, jr., padres

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Crooked Scoreboard: Humor and Culture In Sports | How To Lose Friends And Irritate People

Preller should get at least some credit for trading him before the complete meltdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 06:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

There won’t be any winners in the James Shields trade | New York Post

Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.

Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging percentage. Revealing because he is returning to a DH league and will play home games in the more hitter-benefiting US Cellular Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Padres trade James Shields to White Sox

In their most public admission of a rebuild to date, the Padres on Saturday traded right-hander James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Erik Johnson and infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego has agreed to pay a little more than half of the $58 million left on Shields’ contract.

Baseball America’s take on the deal. This is what they said about Tatis:

The White Sox signed Tatis as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last July 2 for $700,000. Though a shortstop currently, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is expected to transition to third base or the outfield as he grows, particularly to take advantage of his strong throwing arm, which is largely considered his best tool. The son of 11-year major league veteran Fernando Tatis, the younger Tatis has not seen any game action yet in his young career. BA did not rank him as one of the top 30 international prospects in 2015 or one of the White Sox top 30 prospects before this season. Tatis is the third Latin American shortstop age 20 or younger the Padres have acquired in as many years, following Jose Rondon (in 2014) and Javier Guerra (in 2015).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, trades, white sox

Friday, June 03, 2016

Mariners react to historic comeback vs. Padres | MLB.com

My, my, isn’t this embarrassing.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

San Diego Padres exec calls his team ‘miserable failures’ | FOX Sports

I’d say the housecleaning start with the executive chairman.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:51 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Padres discussing potential James Shields trade with White Sox | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The Padres are discussing a potential trade of right-hander James Shields with the Chicago White Sox, and it appears those talks have significant momentum, sources familiar with the discussions said Saturday.

It is unclear if a deal is imminent, but one source described the discussions as having “energy” at this current stage. While Shields has pitched well this season, posting a 3.06 ERA through 10 starts, the Padres are 10 games under .500 after Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to Arizona and would like to move some of their pricier contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

Monday, May 23, 2016

Plate umpire Rackley leaves game

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Plate umpire David Rackley left Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game after getting hit in the groin by a foul bunt attempt by Joc Pederson.

Rackley immediately collapsed and was down for about five minutes and was tended to by a Padres trainer. He had to be helped to his feet. He left the field under his own power, and handed a ball to a kid on his way to the tunnel.

And then they played another 12 innings.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, padres, umpires

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Humiliated in Homophobic ‘Nightmare’ at Padres Game

WTF?

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was at the center of a disturbing incident that happened at Petco Park on Saturday night. Called upon to sing the Star-Spangled Banner, their singing was replaced with a recording of a woman, nobody stopped it, and they were led off the field afterward while being taunted by homophobic fans in the stands.

eddieot Posted: May 23, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 243 comment(s)
  Beats: asshats, padres

Monday, April 25, 2016

Yadier Molina points out suspicious man with binoculars in Padres’ center-field camera well

Not cool to “hack” into the Cardinals signs like that!

But the practice of sign-stealing goes from an innocent and understandable part of on-field play to a weirder and more concerning competitive advantage if and when teams incorporate agents and technologies beyond the diamond to figure out what their opponents are planning. The Toronto Blue Jays have long been dogged by allegations of a mysterious man in white clothing — the Man in White — who sits in center field at the Rogers Centre and relays pitch calls to Blue Jays hitters, somehow. And on Sunday, with the Padres hitting at a home game at Petco Park, Yadier Molina spotted something suspicious out in center field:

It happens so quickly that it’s not easy to see what’s going on here. But Molina appeared to be discussing something with home-plate umpire Sean Barber throughout Brett Wallace’s at-bat with two out and two on in the ninth. And after Wallace — who represented the potential tying run for the Padres — put a good swing on a Trevor Rosenthal fastball and fouled it off, Molina began pointing out to the center-field camera well.

Who was in the center field camera well?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, padres, sign-stealing, yadier molina

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Watch: Padres manager Green snaps over balk call | theScore.com

This play was discussed on MLB Radio this morning. According to the hosts, the umpires reversed the call back after talking to Hurdle *and* after viewing a replay on the Jumbotron. If that’s true, MLB has a problem because balk calls aren’t reviewable. Of course, we are headed toward 30 second mound visits for pitching coaches to speed up the game and 10 five-minute replay reviews every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, padres

Friday, April 15, 2016

Phillies’ Velasquez strikes out 16 in shutout | MLB.com

Does it get an asterisk because it was against the Padres AAA lineup?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, phillies

Monday, April 04, 2016


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees Assistant GM Billy Eppler, now GM of the Anaheim Angels and reportedly Dee’s initial pick. The candidate with the no-ego notebook requested one more sit-down as he scouted an area high school tournament.

“I told him I’d meet him one last time, just as a kind of courtesy, because he was so good throughout the process,” Dee said. “He basically blew me away. When I said, if we don’t go with you because of this concern or that concern, he was just like an attorney cross-examining. He basically mitigated every concern.

“I got back to San Diego at 5 a.m. and called (Chairman) Ron Fowler at 8 a.m. I said, ‘I had a change of heart overnight.’ We have to hire A.J.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New manager Andy Green is a breath of fresh air for the Padres and MLB | FOX Sports

“The first time I talked to the team, that was part of my message,” he says. “That’s the heartbeat of who I am. Better people make better teammates. Better teammates make better players. Being selfless, thinking about others, is a great way to live your life.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Padres ‘very active’ on free agent Tim Lincecum | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Lincecum, 31, is expected to pitch in a showcase in Scottsdale or Tempe “sometime in the next two weeks,” Thurman said.

The showcase, which could be attended by all 30 clubs, was originally scheduled for mid-January, but it has been pushed back a number of times.

“He’s really been focusing on getting ready for the season and preparing for the season,” Thurman said. “This is really like his spring training right now. As soon as he’s ready, we’ll have a showcase. ... He’s healthy right now. He’s doing all the same things that pitchers that are already signed with clubs are. He’s in the same spot. He’s building up his arm strength so that when he actually goes and does a showcase he’s going to be game-ready.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tim lincecum

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Matt Kemp, The Brink Of Disaster | Padres Public

Who could have expected this? The Dodgers?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2016 at 05:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, padres

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tim Flannery is fed up with Padres fans, writes lengthy statement

For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.

Based on Flannery’s rant, it’s apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on San Diego to join the rival Giants. And it’s very clear he’s tired of hearing from those people.

Meatwad Posted: February 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giants, padres, tim flannery

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Padres say they’re not rebuilding, plan to compete in 2016 | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

If the Padres won’t call this a rebuild, what do they expect in 2016?

“Significant improvement,” said executive chairman Ron Fowler. “We underperformed last year. Our goal is to overperform this year.”

“For us, 2015 was just a step in the process,” said president and CEO Mike Dee. “It was part of a journey, part of the plan. 2016 brings a next step with a new manager and a team we think is going to compete.”

“We’re looking to field a team that’s competitive in the short- and long-term,” said general manager A.J. Preller. “I think the biggest thing is you want to continue to grow, and on the big-league side, it’s going to be fun to watch (manager) Andy Green this season putting players on the field and getting them in position to play better.”

Said lead investor Peter Seidler: “We’re going to try to be in the playoffs this year, and that’s going to be from day one.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2016 at 06:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Don Orsillo makes new home with Padres | MLB.com

The Padres have a great announcer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, don orsillo, padres, red sox

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alexei Ramirez agrees to deal with Padres | MLB.com

Who’s left on Ian Desmond’s dance card?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2016 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, padres

Sunday, January 03, 2016

San Diego Padres should sign Ian Desmond because its a perfect fit | FOX Sports

Unless his asking price plummets and he’s willing to do a one-year deal, I don’t see the Padres as a good fit.

The San Diego Padres are having ongoing discussions with the agent for free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, according to major-league sources. While there’s a natural fit between the parties, no deal appears close — yet.

Two months into the offseason, the position-player sector of the free-agent market remains a multimillion-dollar staring contest. For those growing weary of the wait, it’s encouraging that the most logical scenario in the entire industry — Desmond to San Diego — remains alive.

Desmond hit 88 home runs over the past four seasons, 17 more than the majors’ next-highest full-time shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki.

Over the same span, the Padres scored the second-fewest runs in the big leagues. Only one player on the team’s current roster — outfielder Matt Kemp — hit more than 15 home runs in the majors last year.

The Padres’ incumbent shortstop, Alexi Amarista, had the worst OPS (.544) of any National League player with at least 300 at-bats in 2015. But San Diego general manager A.J. Preller wasn’t overly aggressive in pursuing Desmond in November and December for a simple reason: Demand from other teams in the shortstop market is virtually nonexistent.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Baseball: Saito getting fresh start seeing game from other side | Kyodo News

The Padres have a new intern.

For many players, leaving the game begs the huge question of what to do next, but for former big league reliever Takashi Saito, that period was remarkably brief.

A month after throwing his last pitch for his hometown Rakuten Eagles, the former National League all-star announced he would be joining the San Diego Padres as a front office intern, a job that took him to Nashville, Tennessee, this month for the baseball winter meetings.

At the time of the announcement, Saito said, “My premise is that for the future of Japanese baseball, people will be needed to enact change and this is my one chance.”

A month later Saito is still wide-eyed and excited by the possibilities.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, takashi saito

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

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