8:27 PM EDT, Tue October 25, 2016
NL West Blogs
Friars on Base 5 hours ago
One piece the Padres’ seemed to be missing in 2016 was a truly consistent power bat. One question entering 2017 is; where will the power come from? The San Diego Padres ranked just 21st in overall hitting in 2016, driving in a total of 654 runs and blasting only 177 home runs. With a young […] Padres: Where will the Power Come From in 2017? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 8 hours ago
ELIAS: If the Dodgers lose the NLCS, they will set an MLB record for the most consecutive postseason trips without reaching a World Series.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 22, 2016
McCovey Chronicles 8 hours ago
I even left a couple off too! There were a lot of good ones. The World Series starts tonight, and for the 28th consecutive year, the teams are the Not Dodgers facing off against the Not Dodgers. And since last year I did this post, which was delightful to every right-minded person in the world, I figured, hey, what could be more fun than doing a new version of it for this, the year 2016? Nothing! Nothing could be more fun. Last year I also did this post before the playoffs started, which could be relevant to your interests as well. Shameless plug? Shameless plug! Anyway, let’s get...
NoNoHitters.com 11 hours ago
Happy birthday to a pair of old-time no-no throwers. Weldon Henley, born on this day in 1880, threw a no-no for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Browns during the opener of a Saturday, July 22, 1905, doubleheader at St. Louis’ Robison Field. The A’s topped the Browns 6-0. “Smokey” Joe Wood, born on …
Friars on Base 20 hours ago
Earlier this month, Tony Gwynn was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. It is about time the Padres’ legend is recognized by more than the team. It goes without saying that Tony Gwynn was one of the best if not the best ever to put on a San Diego Padres uniform. Putting forth twenty […] Padres: Tony Gwynn Welcomed by California HOF, It’s About Time - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 24, 2016
The Padres have an abundance of starting pitching, but no clear ace. As winter approaches, who would currently get the Opening Day nod? The San Diego Padres likely have no idea who their opening day starter will be entering 2017. They have options, but no starter which stands out as the early favorite. Even though […] Padres: Who is Early Front-Runner to Start on Opening Day? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 24, 2016
As the Padres seek improvement in 2017, they ought to find themselves looking within the organization for much of their future hope. Rebuilding processes are long and difficult, as fans of the San Diego Padres would know. Often times, every little bit of hope is embraced as fans seek reason for optimism. In San Diego’s […] Padres: Why Luis Sardinas can be Part of the Long Term Solution - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles Oct 24, 2016
No, we're not debuting Wendy's new band this week, but we have asked Wendy Thurm to join us in the Chroncast's penultimate episode of the year to discuss what lies ahead for the Giants and breakdown what exactly happened over the last few months. Wendy Thurm returns on the penultimate episode of the season to talk about what lies ahead for our favorite baseball team. But we also talk about what exactly went wrong this year and why 2016's weaknesses won't necessarily cause the 2017 season to start from behind. Will new base coaches make a huge difference? Does the "final year" of Johnny...
NoNoHitters.com Oct 23, 2016
Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith. Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two …
Their time will come, and it will be awful. That time is not in the first even year of the new era. It’s a tradition, see. Last year, there was a post. In 2014, there was a post. Oh, how that 2014 one is amusing in retrospect. This year, though, I’m not as into the raw, cheap gloating. Maybe it’s because the pain of a postseason Giants loss is sticking with me. Or maybe it’s because I work with a couple of very cool Dodgers fans, and the arbitrary selection of a team just doesn’t make a lot of sense once you make it personal. The Dodgers lost, but so did the Giants, and so will...
Sons of Steve Garvey Oct 22, 2016
Clayton Kershaw vs Jake Arrieta
The Padres’ right-handed pitcher had successful surgery to repair a bone spur in his right elbow on Friday, and it looks like he will be fully recovered before Spring Training. Fans of the San Diego Padres woke up to some good news on the injury front Saturday morning, as Jarred Cosart‘s elbow surgery was a […] Padres: Cosart Surgery a Success, Team Optimistic for 2017 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
You have the chance to put the Giants back in the postseason, but there's a catch. The Giants aren’t in the postseason. The Dodgers still are, and even worse, they’re down 3-2 to the Cubs, which means they have a great chance of winning the pennant. This is just awful. Because it’s the weekend and we haven’t talked about the Dodgers’ postseason run much, I would like to present you with a hypothetical scenario. The answer to this might be obvious for you, or you might struggle with it as mightily as I have. Really, it’s a window into your baseball soul, a question that can...
The Padres have a lot of flexibility this offseason when it comes to their veteran players. Which one currently on their roster should they make their top priority to re-sign? The San Diego Padres are one of the youngest teams in all of major league baseball. And as this offseason approaches, it is very possible […] Padres: Which Veteran is Top Priority for Team to Re-sign? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
In the aftermath of President Mike Dee’s departure, many Padres’ fans were waiting for A.J. Preller’s release as well. A new report shows that this will not happen. In fact, Preller was indirectly promoted as a result of the recent move. The San Diego Padres are shaking it up following an NL West last place […] Padres: Preller’s Job Safe, Was Actually Promoted in a Way - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2016
As the Padres turn their attention towards improving in 2017, one necessary step to take as soon as possible is coming to terms with star outfielder Wil Myers. A.J. Preller is back to work, and it is officially time for the San Diego Padres to look towards what they need to do as 2017 approaches. Of […] Padres: Myers Must be Extended as Soon as Possible - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Do you want a pitcher, a slugger, or both? TigersMart has it all. It's probably not nice to circle the desert sky, looking for contenders to give up and collapse into the hot sand. It's more than a little ghoulish. Its, why, it's not polite. It's just not good manners. Leave these poor teams alone, and stop bothering them with your "Uh, you gonna eat that?" questions. You can enjoy an offseason without having to be that callous. lol, just kidding, so anyway, Buster Olney just posted an article suggesting the Tigers might be open to a fire sale, and I am very much into that. Let's pick...
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2016
Today, we continue reliving the 1998 World Series between the Padres and Yankees by remembering game four, which occurred on this day, October 21st, eighteen years ago. A heartbreaking game three loss put the San Diego Padres in a virtually impossible situation entering the fourth game of the 1998 World Series. But despite the circumstances, […] Padres: This Day in History: Reliving Game 4 of the 1998 World Series - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Oct 20, 2016
'Member Clayton Kershaw? Ooooh, I 'member! 'Member Rich Hill? Yeah, I 'member! Kenta Maeda vs. John Lester One day. One goddamn day. That's all the time we got to enjoy the Dodgers having the lead in this series before the Baseball Gods kicked us in our collective nether regions for having any kind of hope whatsoever. We can bark at Angel Hernandez and MLB replay headquarters all we want for that blown call at home, but a) It didn't end up mattering in the long run, and b) Things had started to unravel before that with Utley's weird barehanded catch error. Now the series is tied, with one...
Considering the huge outfield of AT&T Park, how do the Giants keep ending up with merely adequate center fielders, at best? Denard Span was alright in 2016. Pretend I’m making a crunched-up Robert DeNiro face while typing that. He was fine, really. A .331 on-base percentage isn’t great or anything, but he wasn’t a total drag at the plate or in the field. I liked the guy, if that helps. Span was second in home runs for the Giants in the second half, too. Just one behind Angel Pagan. I wrote that last two paragraph at 6:00 in the morning, then I had to walk around Lake Chabot six...