8:41 PM EST, Fri March 06, 2015
Friars on Base 1 hour ago

Padres News: Spring Training, Game 3 Recap

One more Spring Training game down, one more game closer to the regular season. This time the San Diego Padres jumped out in front first and captured their first victory of the 2015 Cactus League season. Here are the highlights from today’s shut-out victory over the Chicago White Sox: Before the game, Buddy Black announces […] Padres News: Spring Training, Game 3 Recap - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Giants three-hit Rangers, win 12-3

On this website, we pay attention to spring training games when they're fun to write about. Spring training doesn't mean anything. Or ... does it? The Economist has an article suggesting spring stats matter, at least in the aggregate. They were the ones who correctly pegged the Dodgers as near shoo-ins for the playoffs in 2012, so there might be something to this. When it comes to Yusmeiro Petit throwing two shutout innings on Friday, I'm choosing to believe that spring stats matter. All of the other pitchers so far don't matter. The sun was in their eyes and Dave Righetti told them to...
Friars on Base 2 hours ago

Padres News: Despaigne and Alonso Have Long Meaningful Conection

Both Yonder Alonso and Odrisamer Despaigne of the San Diego Padres are of Cuban decent, both are major league ball players, but their relationship goes way beyond that. Both of their fathers were not only teammates but Despaignes father pitched to Yonder Alonso‘s dad. That’s right he was the elder Despaignes catcher. What a unique […] Padres News: Despaigne and Alonso Have Long Meaningful Conection - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

Keegan’s Bluff: Pace of Game Changes, Good or Bad?

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has come in and changed the game in his first offseason.  No, it’s not on the transformative level of San Diego Padres‘ GM AJ Preller, but the changes will be noticeable to the true fan. Earlier in the offseason we here at FriarsOnBase discussed the implications of the Manfred proposal to […] Keegan’s Bluff: Pace of Game Changes, Good or Bad? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 5 hours ago

Spring Training 2015 Game Thread: 03/06 Padres vs. White Sox

Third game's a charm, right? Still seeking their first win of the Spring, the Padres will take on the White Sox today in Peoria. Odrisamer Despaigne gets the start in the third Spring Training game. Brandon Morrow will get the ball as well in his Padres debut. Both Despaigne and Morrow are in the running for the fifth rotation spot going into the season. It's Clint Barmes' birthday today, and I bet nothing would make for a better gift than the first win of the year. NOTHING! According to Buddy Black, Justin Upton is feeling "under the weather" today, which is why he isn't in the lineup. I...
Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Padres Editorial: Impressions of the New Padres Game One

MLB Network had the San Diego Padres’ first spring training game on at 9:00 Wednesday night. I had managed to avoid almost all news about the game in preparation for watching our brand new Padres take the field against an opponent for the first time. The good news is, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton were […] Padres Editorial: Impressions of the New Padres Game One - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 7 hours ago

Padres News: Bud Black Comfortable With Bullpen Depth

On Thursday San Diego Padres manager Bud Black indicated that a handful of Padres pitchers could also get save chances this year. No breaking news or change in the closers job. Just Bud Black discussing his options. Black insisted Joaquin Benoit is still the closer, but says he is comfortable with another pitcher throwing in […] Padres News: Bud Black Comfortable With Bullpen Depth - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hunter Pence out 6-8 weeks with broken arm

The Giants' rightfielder and mascot was hit by a pitch, and should miss all of April Welcome to odd year. Pull up a shard of glass to sit on. Would you like a cup of roaches? Hunter Pence was hit on the arm by a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Cubs, and he left the game for x-rays. According to Henry Schulman, things aren't looking good, and the Giants told Alex Pavlovic that Pence's forearm is likely broken. Oh, the Giants won 8-6, coming back from a 5-0 deficit. If you've ever wondered just how little you actually care for spring training results, this afternoon...
Friars on Base 8 hours ago

Padres News: Weekend Pitching Schedule

The 2015 Cactus League is off and running! The San Diego Padres have dropped their first two games this preseason, both to the Seattle Mariners. This weekend they’ll take on the Chicago White Sox on Friday, the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on Saturday, and the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in Peoria. Expected to […] Padres News: Weekend Pitching Schedule - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 8 hours ago

How to resolve the Dodgers' TV situation

Have they tried throwing money at it? The Dodgers, as you may have heard, are in a bit of a pickle* when it comes to their TV rights. What happened is this: They got paid a lot of money by Time Warner Cable to make Sportsnet the exclusive carrier of Dodgers games. Other cable services in the LA area, like DirecTV, refuse to pay the fees to carry that channel, which means that about 70% of people in the LA area can't watch the Dodgers. *baseball/food term Perhaps you, as a Giants fan, think this is funny. And you're right! It is funny. The Dodgers, whose recent success is built on having way...
NoNoHitters.com 11 hours ago

#30, the San Diego Padres

To celebrate the 30 days leading up to Opening Day 2015, NoNoHitters.com is highlighting each team’s no-no accomplishments in reverse order from the San Diego Padres (0) to the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (25) We start with the San Diego Padres, the only major league team void of a no-hitter. A San Diego Padres pitcher has …
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 11 hours ago

2015 team preview: Can the San Francisco Giants win another World Series?

The Giants won their third World Series in five seasons in 2014 and most of their roster returns for 2015. The narrative about the San Francisco Giants reads that they "know how to win." After winning a pair of championships in 2010 and 2012, the Giants kept their even-year trend going with another World Series title in 2014. Three ticker tape parades in five years? That's a lot of winning. In reality, the Giants are the poster children of the "just get in" mantra. They missed the postseason in 2011 and 2013, and had to win five elimination games in 2012 just to get to the World Series....
Gaslamp Ball 20 hours ago

Mariners 9, Padres 4: It's a Good Thing These Games Don't Mean Anything

The Padres have lost their first two spring training games to the Mariners, so you might as well jump off the bandwagon now. See you all at a Chargers game or something. What's that? Spring training games are meaningless and you're still here? Well, then here are the highlights from this afternoon's ballgame. Wil Myers had his first hit in a Padre uniform, a line drive single to center field. Will Venable had a two-run homer off Charlie Furbush in the fifth inning. Taylor Lindsey, the key piece in last summer's Huston Street deal, hit his first bomb of the spring off Joe Saunders. In...
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Mar 5, 2015

Giants OF Hunter Pence has broken arm

The Friars foes up north by the bay will be down a key man in April. The Giants' All Star outfielder literally got a bad break when he was hit by a pitch today. He will miss 6-8 weeks healing from a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm. The Padres open their first homestand hosting the Giants for 4 games. Pence will certainly miss those games. The Friars' first road trip to San Francisco will be in early May. It is possible Pence could be back for those games, but an eight week recovery would have him returning just before. If he needs additional rehab time due to missing spring...

What the Giants might do after the Hunter Pence injury

Nothing? Basically nothing. The fourth outfielder starts, the fifth outfielder becomes the fourth outfielder, and there will be a different fifth outfielder for a month or two. Read the article anyway. The Giants confirmed that Hunter Pence has a broken right ulna bone and will miss from six to eight weeks. The good news is it's March 5. The bad news is that Pence will still miss at least two or three weeks of the regular season, and that's in the most optimistic of optimistic scenarios. It could have been worse, though. Not only could it have happened on the last day of spring training,...
Friars on Base Mar 5, 2015

Padres News: Spring Training, Game 2 Recap

The San Diego Padres played their second game of the 2015 Cactus League season today against the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately, I was not able to listen to the game again. I could not find any of the San Diego radio station’s live streams that were carrying the game, but none the less I stayed glued […] Padres News: Spring Training, Game 2 Recap - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Lookout Landing Mar 5, 2015

Mariners defeat Padres 9-4, Nelson Cruz certainly, most definitely, does nothing of note

Or, How Is That Even Humanly Possible What The Crap Lots of things happening down in Peoria this afternoon ranging from the fantastic, to the mundane, to the Endy Chavez. As for the details, well, we've got those too. We have an 9-4 victory against the San Diego Padres. We have a bat flung to first base on a strikeout by John Baker. We've got Trumpet Guy. We've also got, hopefully, a functional PITCHf/x system up and running. They've been having server troubles down at the complex, which led to some 1950's style eye-testing during Taijuan's stint yesterday. But unfortunately for Elias,...

Hunter Pence has broken forearm after getting hit by pitch

Andrew Baggarly is reporting Pence will miss six to eight weeks. Welcome to odd year. Pull up a shard of glass to sit on. Would you like a cup of roaches? Hunter Pence was hit on the arm by a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Cubs, and he left the game for x-rays. According to Henry Schulman, things aren't looking good, and the Giants told Alex Pavlovic that Pence's forearm is likely broken. Oh, the Giants won 8-6, coming back from a 5-0 deficit. If you've ever wondered just how little you actually care for spring training results, this afternoon is for you. Cubs...
Friars on Base Mar 5, 2015

Padres History: Forgotten Friars- Garry Templeton

From time to time here at Friars on Base we like to take a look back at former players and recognize them as important members of the San Diego Padres organization. Though these players have played their final game, they are never forgotten by the Friar Faithful. Today we are taking a look at the […] Padres History: Forgotten Friars- Garry Templeton - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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