5:18 AM EST, Thu January 29, 2015
Gaslamp Ball 4 hours ago

Are Padres throwback days a roadblock to truly bringing back brown?

I've been on a weird sleep non-schedule lately, so I literally slept on the Padres' announcement that they'll host five "Way Back Wednesday" games this season in which the team will wear the brown pinstriped uniforms which were originally worn from 1985 until 1992 when the club switched the brown to navy blue. While I love that uniform set -- and I did even before I became the owner of a Joey Cora uniform from that era -- and I like throwback games in principle, I feel like this particular set of throwback games is a step back in terms of the ultimate goal of bringing back the brown on a...
NoNoHitters.com 5 hours ago

Hughes, threw one no-no and lost another in 10th, born 131 years ago today

“Salida Tom” Hughes, who threw a 1916 no-hitter for the Boston Braves and lost another one in extras for the 1910 New York Highlanders, was born 131 years ago today. The right-hander from Coal Creek, Colo. threw nine innings of …
Friars on Base 8 hours ago

Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I

Each year Major League Baseball franchises evaluate the free agent pitcher market in an attempt to strike it rich. Sometimes teams strike it just right when they land a future Hall Of Famer. While other teams get absolutely no positive return on their investments. It can not be described as an exact science, in fact it’s […] Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baseball America releases 2015 Giants top 10

The best prospect is a major-league ready catcher, which ... dang it, fate. It's a dreadful time to be a prospect hound for the Giants. Well, except for watching several former prospects succeed in the major leagues. And except for the thrill of watching Joe Panik come up, hit .305, and help the Giants win the World Series. Wait, none of that is dreadful at all. Let me start over. The Giants' farm isn't in a good way. You know it. I know it. The Giants know it. That isn't to say that they haven't done a good job mixing upper-minors prospects like Panik and Andrew Susac into the roster, or...
Friars on Base 10 hours ago

Padres News: Commissioner Considering Ban on Shifts

After the explosion of home runs in the 1961 expansion year, Commissioner Ford Frick raised the height of the pitcher’s mound in an effort to balance out the game.  After a golden age of pitching due in part to this change, the mound was re-lowered.  During the early 1970s, the National League, which had more […] Padres News: Commissioner Considering Ban on Shifts - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 12 hours ago

Padres Rumors: Roadblock To Yoan Moncada?

According to a report posted earlier yesterday by Ben Badler of Baseball America, Major League Baseball are the ones standing in the way of Yoan Moncada‘s pursuit of a big league contract. It has previously been reported that once Moncada was cleared by OFAC, that he could hold work outs and negotiate with whom he chose. […] Padres Rumors: Roadblock To Yoan Moncada? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 13 hours ago

PECOTA projections predict possible playoff berth for Padres

Baseball Prospectus' projection system, PECOTA, has the Padres getting 83 wins, which is 5th best in the National League and therefore good enough for a wild card spot. The first projection system I had ever heard of was PECOTA. Nate Silver came up with the system for Baseball Prospectus long before he went into projecting political elections. It still lives today, in much more accessible forms. One of the most accessible is how it is used to project teams. In my previous post about Steamer projections and simple regressions, I was trying to extrapolate what the team would do from the...
Friars on Base 14 hours ago

Padres Editorial: Are There Any Free Agents Left The Padres Should Target?

Two days ago, UT-San Diego published a list of remaining major league free agents. There’s only 62 names left. Some of the players there are retiring like Josh Beckett and Derek Jeter. Ichiro Suzuki just signed with the Marlins officially as did Jonny Gomes with the Atlanta Braves. Is there anyone that the Padres should […] Padres Editorial: Are There Any Free Agents Left The Padres Should Target? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baseball Prospectus hates, doesn't hate the Giants

The PECOTA standings and projections are out! There's some good news and bad news ... The bad news: The Dodgers are projected by Baseball Prospectus to win the NL West by 13 games. I've been following this nerd stuff for well over a decade, and that's the largest gap between the first-place and second-place team I can remember. The Dodgers are projected to be the best team in the division, and it isn't close at all. The good news: The Giants are still projected to win 84 games, good enough to host the NL Wild Card Game. The bad news: They would host the Padres who sure would love to ruin...
Friars on Base 16 hours ago

Padres News: Union Tribune Padres Chat Recap: Carlos Quentin, James Shields, Yonder Alonso

In the most recent chat with fans on the San Diego Union Tribune website, Dennis Lin addressed several fan questions regarding the San Diego Padres. He covered everything from the rotation, to Carlos Quentin and Cole Hamels, and even the most pressing issue in the country right now, deflate-gate. Here’s the highlights: Things started out with a question […] Padres News: Union Tribune Padres Chat Recap: Carlos Quentin, James Shields, Yonder Alonso - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 18 hours ago

Padres who wore number 22

Since there are only 22 days until Padres pitchers and catchers report, it seemed like as good of a time as any to look back at the players who have donned the double-deuce in America's Finest City. I was going to use a picture of David Eckstein for this post, because every picture of David Eckstein is golden, but decided that Wally Joyner deserved top billing since he played more games than any other Padre with a pair of twos on his back. Wally World got into 497 games with the Friars -- all while wearing 22 -- from 1996 through 1999. Second place belongs to Xavier Nady, who wore 22 for...

Brandon Crawford, Giants avoid arbitration

The shortstop settles at $3.175 million, the exact midpoint. If Brandon Crawford and the Giants are working on an extension, they're taking the long way about it. At the very least, though, they're all going to avoid arbitration. Crawford asked for $3.95 million, the Giants offered $2.4 million, and the two sides settled right in the middle for a one-year, $3.175 million. The MLB Trade rumors estimate had Crawford at $2.5 million, which seemed a little low. Not because I know enough to quibble with the research that Matt Swartz had done or the database he's collected, but because, hey,...
Friars on Base Jan 27, 2015

Padres History: Forgotten Friars-Carmelo Martinez

When I think about the 1984 San Diego Padres team, a lot of key position players come to mind. Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Craig Nettles and Kevin McReynolds get all the accolades, but it was players like Carmelo Martinez that were the unsung heroes of that first Padres postseason run. Carmelo Martinez played nine interesting, drama-filled seasons for the […] Padres History: Forgotten Friars-Carmelo Martinez - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jan 27, 2015

The Padres are announcing Promo Schedule on Twitter

Oh man it's happening, the Padres are letting fans announce their giveaway schedule one item at a time, just like last year..  The first item is my personal favorite, the Padres beach towel.  I couldn't tell exactly what it was at first, maybe a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's belt buckle, but it turns out it's home plate. We are excited to announce a @padres promo item! Can double as a home plate for playing baseball at the beach! pic.twitter.com/sOzMuWCRFd — Padres360 (@Padres360) January 28, 2015 I can barely contain my excitement. My idea for a giveaway item would be like one of...
Friars on Base Jan 27, 2015

Padres News: Team Feeling Immediate Presence Of Logan White

When Logan White returned to the San Diego Padres after more than a decade of working with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, he didn’t return to America’s Finest City to find strangers. In fact, White returned to find two close friends and confidants in new general manager A.J. Preller and Don Welke, the Padres’ VP […] Padres News: Team Feeling Immediate Presence Of Logan White - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jan 27, 2015

Padres News: Reaction To Baseball America’s Top 10 Padres Prospects

The Padres had quite a fleet of prospects coming into this off-season. The former regime lead by Josh Byrnes brought in a good amount of talent through the draft and trades. After Byrnes was dismissed, the Padres brought in some more prospects when the traded Huston Street to the Angels. Then new GM A.J. Preller […] Padres News: Reaction To Baseball America’s Top 10 Padres Prospects - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jan 27, 2015

Padres News: “Shocked” Matt Kemp Embracing His New Team

Recently Matt Kemp sat down with long-time Dodgers fan Larry King and talked about his recent trade from the only organization he had ever known, reports MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Any thoughts Padres fans that Matt Kemp is just a Dodgers spy in disguise can seemingly put that to rest. For now, all those worries that […] Padres News: “Shocked” Matt Kemp Embracing His New Team - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Is Brian Sabean one of the best GMs in baseball history?

A couple of authors seem to think so. Back in 2009, both Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy signed contract extensions. It seems like an unremarkable piece of ephemera now, but back then it was a huge deal. The Giants were never going to win the World Series, see. Certainly not with either of those two guys. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever. The pitching was an exciting strength of the team, but it was time to let other people figure out how to take the next step. That opinion looks dumb in retrospect, and that's being kind. But even though I was spitting fire with my hot takes and...
Friars on Base Jan 27, 2015

Padres Editorial: Should The Padres Bring Back Eric Stults?

The Padres come into 2015 with some questions regarding their starting rotation. Can Andrew Cashner hold up? Can Tyson Ross do what he did last season? What is Ian Kennedy? Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow have injury histories. Casey Kelly and Cory Luebke are rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.  Why not bring Eric Stults back […] Padres Editorial: Should The Padres Bring Back Eric Stults? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jan 27, 2015

Joey Cora's biggest fan surprised by game-worn uniform: Video and pics

It has taken me so long to put this post together, mostly because I'm still nearly speechless at the most incredible gift I've ever been given, and the generosity of those who gave it to me. All these days later and I'm still having a hard time putting together the words to express what it means to me, but I'll do my best. The seeds of the surprise were sown a couple weeks ago. Jbox confirmed my mailing address and told me to be on the lookout for a parcel in the post (those weren't his words; I just wanted to preemptively ruin your "package" jokes). A couple days later when he emailed me...

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