2005-04-05T16:20:47.150-07:00Well, let's see here...was it Coors Field? Or perhaps an even scarier notion the Padres bullpen is not quite as strong as it appears to be on paper?
2005-04-04T09:31:54.153-07:00Tom Krasovic's article in today's Tribune talks about today's opener and winning the West.
"We definitely don't want to be outspoken about it, but I think we've got a
quiet sense of confidence about this season," pitcher Jake Peavy said.
"Everybody on this team – we fully expect to win the West. If we don't think
that, I'm questioning what we are thinking."
2005-03-29T13:08:02.810-08:00San Diego Union Tribune:
According to Tom Krasovic , XNady may be getting the opening day nod in center field while Dave Roberts continues to rest his groin pull. Robert's underwent a precautionary MRI yesterday. "It's fine", Robert's said afterwards regarding the first groin injury of his career.North County Times:
If newcomer Tim Redding steps up and captures the #5 spot, Darrell May will fall into the long-relief role.
Knuckleballer Steve Sparks will likely be traded if he doesn't make the 25-man roster cut.
Loretta, Greene, Giles, Nevin and Hernandez will all see action in tomorrow night's game against SDSU at Petco.
Brian Hiro reports on the Tim Redding acquisition.
"Redding is somebody we've always liked," Towers said. "He has
above-average stuff ---- above-average fastball, above-average life,
above-average breaking ball. He struggled a little bit last year with his
command. We think a change of scenery might be good for him."
2005-03-28T11:22:25.643-08:00I really have no comments regarding this move...just posting a link in case anyone visiting here has yet to be informed.
2005-03-27T09:34:17.113-08:00Seems to me there's been an increase in Padres chatter in regards to winning the west since the infamous "press conference" last week where Barry Bonds clarified (or threatened) his intentions to sit out the entire season. I happen to think the Padres are going to win it with or without Bonds in the Giants lineup however, I do like our percentages just a tad better sans Barry.John Shea's article in todays San Fransisco Chronicle is the latest in the recent insurgance of padres related talk in the west.Here's some of the Padres notes from the article including alot of quotes from Kevin Towers: "From a psychological standpoint, it helps to go to San Francisco and not see Barry Bonds in the lineup," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "I always liked facing the Giants in weekend series because they usually have him take Sundays off. When he's in there, it always seems like he's either on deck, in the hole or on the bases. "Even with Bonds in their lineup, I thought we'd compete. I thought it was a very competitive division anyway. With Bonds out for some time, I think it's even more so." For the record, Towers said the Giants still ought to be favorites and complimented his San Francisco counterparts, Brian Sabean and Ned Colletti, for "always finding a way to stay competitive." But the Giants could usually count on Bonds to pull the team through trying times. The Padres, after improving last year by 23 wins, seem poised to make a run at their first division title since 1998. They had the NL West's best road record (45-36) but must solve new-fangled Petco Park, where they were a disappointing 42-39 and kept complaining about the unfriendly dimensions. If Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin shut their traps and realize a pitching park is beneficial -- Jake Peavy won the league's ERA crown, after all -- then the Padres will be going places. The lineup potentially is solid, with Dave Roberts and Mark Loretta batting 1-2, Klesko, Nevin and Brian Giles providing punch and Sean Burroughs, Ramon Hernandez and Khalil Greene rounding it out. This is basically the same team that won 87 games, except that Woody Williams (45-22 in three-plus years in St. Louis) replaced David Wells in a rotation that includes the Kinda Big Three of Peavy, Brian Lawrence and Adam Eaton. Closer Trevor Hoffman regained his health to move up to No. 3 on the all-time saves list and is preceded by capable setup men Aki Otsuka and Scott Linebrink. "I think we underachieved some," said Towers, despite the huge improvement from 2003. "Before last year, we had very few guys with experience in playoff races, and now we know what it's like. We've improved our bullpen and bench, and I think we'll be more comfortable at Petco. "In a nutshell, I'm not taking the Giants lightly. Sometimes (a loss of a key player) can rally the troops. Some people in the industry might think they have no chance now, but this gives other players an opportunity to step up and show what they're made of. They have the individuals and attitude to rise to the occasion with Bonds out." On the other hand, Towers said, "I don't think Barry will be out long." [...]
2005-03-27T06:31:25.753-08:00Take a look at today's Michael Kinsmin UT article for some insight into the new ballpark phenomenon in baseball over the past decade. The trends regarding fan attendance are not in Petco's favor. Only 2 of 11 new parks since '95 have managed to eclipse their inaugural season's attendance mark. Last season was a record year for Padres attendance with over 3 million people breaking in those shiny new turnstyles.
2005-03-26T07:58:41.653-08:00The good ole' "fair and balanced" bunch at Fox are picking the Padres to take the west. I may not agree with many of their political slants over there but I'll take another preseason nod for the Pads from anyone that's willing to give it up...even the Mississippi Press.
A solid and deep rotation fronted by future Cy Young winner Jake Peavy, a strong bullpen, a solid lineup top to bottom, and a capable bench corps — it all adds up to a division title for the Padres.
This is not a great team by any means, but it's one with the wherewithal to take the flag. The Dave Roberts acquisition gives the team an efficient base-stealer with reasonable on-base skills and, more importantly, a high-quality glove in center to track down flies in the spacious Petco outfield. Phil Nevin and Brian Giles provide power, and Khalil Greene, Mark Loretta and
Ramon Hernandezwill give the club solid production from premium positions
Ryan Klesko needs to stem his decline, and Sean Burroughs needs to take that long-anticipated step forward. They'll also miss
David Wells, but Woody Williams isn't a bad proxy. All in all, they have less upside than the Dodgers, but they also have fewer questions.
2005-03-25T21:33:02.366-08:00The Padres beat the A's tonight in a game that Woody Williams gave up only one earned run over six innings. A solid 76 pitch-count evening for Williams without facing more than four batters in any inning.
2005-03-25T09:44:41.276-08:00Hey, if JR. Wittner over at The Mississippi Press says the Padres are going to win the West, I'd say it's pretty much a done deal. Wouldn't you? I mean come on...this is the JR. Wittner we're talking about here at the Mississippi Press.
National League West -- San Diego Padres. I took the Padres last season to
win the division and feel there chance this year are even better. With young
starting pitchers like Jake Peavy and Adam Eaton, to go along with veteran
hitters Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles, the Padres should win the division
2005-03-23T14:51:05.356-08:00Ok...I've been cleansed. Now I am really back. Got hit with a crazy bug and have been out of commission in the blog world. Luckily it's only spring training.
2005-03-13T07:19:56.453-08:00Not that anyone's noticed I'm sure, but I've not updated a thing for a week...got hit by the cold/virus/infection/pink eye/strep bug...and have been out of commission.
2005-03-06T07:09:01.616-08:00Nice article in today's UT by Tom Krasovic. Tower's is trying to put this steroid issue to rest and get on with the baseball season.
2005-03-04T06:53:15.063-08:00Well, after a couple charity game losses to the M's the Padres officially kick off their Cactus League spring training season this afternoon at 1:05. They'll be taking on the Anaheim Angels...or...um..make that the the Los Angelas Dodgers of the Angels of Anaheim..or is it the Angels of Los Angelas/Anaheim/Orange County/Santa Barbara and wherever else they can possibly market that team. Not that I've lost any sleep over it (no, my 10 month old is filling those shoes quite nicely these days) but I think I liked them best as simply the California Angels.
2005-03-03T11:59:26.953-08:00Grady Fuson has joined the Padre's front office as Special Assistant to Kevin Towers. A few of Grady's notable drafts while in Oakland included Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Eric Chavez, Ben Grieve and Mark Bellhorn, among others. I'd like to see this guy do for us what he did with the A's cultivating a solid farm system loaded with big league talent. Welcome aboard Grady!
2005-03-02T13:50:07.546-08:00(ABC/ESPN.com news) Frank comments on steroids by San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers earlier this week have opened baseball's front offices to more questions.
2005-03-02T08:30:24.963-08:00(NCTimes) Burroughs on batting lead-off - "I got to the point where I basically hated it," Burroughs said recently. "It was a good experience, but I don't think I was suited for it."
2005-03-02T08:14:27.213-08:00Chastened GM skips golf, called on carpet.
2005-03-01T11:04:40.476-08:00Peavy - "We both knew we were too close to having a deal to let it go any longer," Peavy said. "Both sides left a little on the table, so both sides are a little unhappy, and that's the sign of a good deal."
2005-03-01T11:05:04.673-08:00He says he didn't suspect Caminiti was using steroids.
2005-02-28T18:42:20.066-08:00NBCSports.com is reporting on the Towers/Caminiti story.
2005-02-28T15:11:24.073-08:00Nothing substantial to report here but as I was treading along on the treadmill this morning I read a story on tv (you know, the little captions scrolling across the bottom with a slew of mispellings) being reported on ESPN that is due out in this weeks ESPN Magazine.
2005-02-28T09:50:38.746-08:00Done deal! This is GREAT news for Padres fans. Click on the title link to view Tom Krasovic's article in today's UT.
2005-02-27T14:20:25.686-08:00"Padres!...Australian for Baseball." Sound interesting? If the Padre's current scouting philosophies pan out the way their hoping, Australia and Mexico may be the future of San Diego Padres baseball.
2005-02-27T21:57:47.710-08:00(AP)PEORIA, Ariz. - Throughout his first full season in the major leagues, San Diego Padres shortstop Khalil Greene was singled out for his defensive wizardry, preternatural calm and, by years end, his hot bat. All along, though, he couldn't wait for the day when he was no longer a rookie. "I felt there was a certain stigma attached to being a rookie," Greene said recently at spring training. "You're separated from everybody else, and it was my intent originally to try to feel like everybody else and fit in on the field, off the field. The constant questions about being a first-year player always seemed to arise, and it separates you that much more, like you haven't arrived. "So I feel now that I'm just like everybody else and there's no questions about whether I'm the best first-year player. I'm just a good player." That's as good an explanation as any for why Greene went out of his way to distance himself from the buzz surrounding the NL Rookie of the Year race in 2004. After being billed as the early favorite, he finished second to Pittsburgh outfielder Jason Bay, a former Padres farmhand who roomed with Greene when both played for Triple-A Portland. When the award was announced last November, Greene said he was glad Bay won. The past few months have done nothing to change his mind. "I wasn't too concerned about it then and I'm less concerned about it now," he said. "Its my second year, so there are no sophomore-year trophies out there to win." Bay won the award after hitting 26 homers and driving in 82 runs in only 411 at-bats. Greene's coaches and teammates, however, believe they know who was more valuable. Greene, a 2002 first-round pick from Clemson, couldn't match Bays offensive numbers - he hit .273 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs - but his glovework made the highlight reels almost nightly and his remarkably even-keeled demeanor was a positive clubhouse influence. "I think he took everybody by surprise," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We knew Khalil was talented, but I dont think anybody knew he was going to have that kind of year." Plus, Greene heated up as the weather cooled. Far from smacking into the so-called rookie wall, Greene was at his best when the Padres were locked in a late-season pennant race. In August, he batted .311 with five homers and 16 RBIs. In mid-September, he homered four times during a three-game series against Colorado at Coors Field. "I just think it was his work ethic, his conditioning," Bochy said. "He just takes such good care of himself. Its a tribute to how consistent his is with his routine. He never appeared fatigued." All the conditioning in the world, though, couldn't prevent the fluke play that ended Greene's season. On Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, he broke his right index finger while trying to field a hard grounder off the bat of the Dodgers Antonio Perez, limiting him to pinch-running duty for the final three weeks. "It was somewhat disappointing in the way it happened, the fact that we were still in the playoff race and I felt like I was starting to play better than I had up until that point offensively," Greene said. "But I was never bitter about it or anything. That's part of the game." Greene is now preparing for a season in which he will hit two spots higher in the lineup, jumping from eighth to sixth, and in which his starters role is unchallenged. Last spring, the Padres brought veteran shortstop Rey Ordonez to Arizona to compete with Greene and provid[...]
2005-02-26T16:46:24.836-08:00Tom Krasovic's article in today's UT entitled "Bochy wants to nip whining in the bud", focuses mostly on Bochy's first pep talk with players yesterday. Reading the article I soon realized it had sparked a nerve in me left over from last season...and in this case, I'm not using that term lightly.