8:32 PM EDT, Mon October 20, 2014
Friars on Base 1 hour ago

Could Former Padres GM Josh Byrnes Go to LA?

Earlier this season the Padres decided to part ways with their GM Josh Byrnes after 2 1/2 years with the club. It marked his second unsuccessful stint as a GM in the NL West, but as the saying goes third time’s the charm. That third time could be coming from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jon Heyman […] Could Former Padres GM Josh Byrnes Go to LA? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Giants plan on using the same roster for the World Series

This. This is when Tim Lincecum throws six innings in extras and becomes a hero. There isn't a lot of spit-take news coming out of the pre-World Series media sessions. Someone asked Sergio Romo what country he was from. Ned Yost revealed that he got Vida Blue's autograph on a dollar bill once and then spent it that afternoon. Stuff like that. During Bruce Bochy's press conference, though, there was actual news: World Series roster will remain the same from NLCS, Bochy said. Must be set tomorrow so no changes as long as everyone's healthy. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) October 20,...
Friars on Base 3 hours ago

Preller’s Focus on Scouting Continues: Interested in Red Sox’ Galen Carr

Padres General Manager A.J. Preller likes scouts. Nearly every person hired by Preller for the front office has a scouting background. But he isn’t done building the scouting department yet. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Padres now have their eye on Red Sox scout Galen Carr.  Carr has been with the […] Preller’s Focus on Scouting Continues: Interested in Red Sox’ Galen Carr - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

I will guarantee a Royals victory for $5,000

I have a postseason beard going. They have worked in the past. I will shave it for money. Sorry. Sorry, but I have a family to feed.
Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Padres Must Make A Play For Yoenis Cespedes If Available

Interesting tidbit of information from Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo in his Sunday notes column: Word is spreading that the Red Sox could make Cespedes available. He will earn $10.2 million in the final year of his deal. Cespedes said late in the season that he wasn’t sure whether he’d engage in long-term talks with the […] Padres Must Make A Play For Yoenis Cespedes If Available - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
How to root against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series

How to root against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series

By rooting for the Giants, silly. The Giants were in the World Series 24 months ago. They won it. They were also in a World Series 24 months before that. They won that. It had been 29 years since the Royals made the playoffs, and now they're on a magical, pixie-dusted run of pure delight. Everyone in America is rooting for the Royals, you know. Everyone except you and your craven friends. You're rooting for the overdog. You're rooting for McDonalds in a copyright infringement lawsuit against McDawson's Hamburgers and Friendly Fare. You might be feeling a little uncomfortable about this. I...
McCovey Chronicles 9 hours ago

San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 10/20

I link an Antichrist, I dump an anarchist So when is there more baseball? I hope it's not never. Is Buster Posey the next Derek Jeter?This is just one of many articles on Giants players in both national and local media outlets. Pavs wrote about Hunter Pence, Carl Steward wrote about Brandon Crawford, noted heartthrob Jeff Sullivan wrote about Madison Bumgarner, The Sporting News wrote about Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, and Matt Cain, ESPN had an article about Bruce Bochy, and there were many, many more. I find this strange, since, if I remember this summer right, the Giants are the worst...
Friars on Base Oct 19, 2014

Padres Announce Management Personnel Shuffle

According to San Diego Padres beat writer and MLB.com reported Corey Brock, the Friars have announced some recent changes to some specific roles within the organization. Highlighting the changes is former team general manager Randy Smith, who will now be the vice president of player development to senior advisor, baseball operations, and according to Brock, […] Padres Announce Management Personnel Shuffle - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 19, 2014

Padres Lose San Antonio Missions Manager Dauer To Astros

On Friday, the San Diego Padres Double-A affiliate manager Rich Dauer accepted a position with the Houston Astros, joining former interim General Manager A.J. Hinch and his staff for 2015 in Houston. His new position will be first base coach and infield instructor.  Dauer joined the San Antonio Missions in December of 2012, replacing then-manager John […] Padres Lose San Antonio Missions Manager Dauer To Astros - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 19, 2014

Sunday Brunch: Is Tyson Ross An Elite Starting Pitcher?

Tyson Ross had a breakout season in 2014. Ross made the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Bill Center made the case that Ross in now among the elite starting pitchers in the National League. Let’s delve into it more and see if he’s right. Ross was eighth in the NL in […] Sunday Brunch: Is Tyson Ross An Elite Starting Pitcher? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Giants almost certainly aren't the best team in baseball

The Giants almost certainly aren't the best team in baseball

Embrace it. Good guy, smart writer, and Internet gadfly David Schoenfield kicked over a hornet's nest of online Giants fans with an article titled, "Welcome to the worst World Series ever." In this piece, he had the audacity to question the talent of a team that made the playoffs through a loophole that didn't exist three years ago. ESPN uses Facebook-tethered comments, which are always just the best, and boy, did the angry Internet Giants fans give him the business. This is because getting respect from each and every corner of the universe, down to President Obama randomly pledging fealty...
Gaslamp Ball Oct 19, 2014

Bud Black: The Royals years

Since the baseball world's collective eyes are focused on the Royals and Giants, it seemed like a good time to dust off my old baseball cards of Padres manager Bud Black from when he played with each team. This half of the ensuing blog-post doubleheader will take a look at the two cards I have of him from his Kansas City days (my favorite card I have of him with the Giants can be seen here). The star of both of these cards is of course Black's mustache, captured in its 80-grade prime. Between it, the powder blue jerseys, and the hat-balanced-on-a-helmet-of-hair look, these cards are...
Friars on Base Oct 18, 2014

Looking Back: The Padres 1984 NLCS Game Five

As the World Series is about to get underway for 2014, and two of the most unlikeliest of competitors are about to square off, we complete the first of our two-part looking back series today. Part one is a retrospective of the San Diego Padres’ first pennant-winning season of 1984, but going through game-by-game of […] Looking Back: The Padres 1984 NLCS Game Five - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 18, 2014

What Does The Winter Have In Store For The Padres?

In the Padres chat interview with Dennis Lin and Jeff Sanders for the Padres upcoming winter, they talked about everything from Josh Johnson being a Padre in 2015 to if they think the Padres will keep center fielder Cameron Maybin. They included talking about Yosmany Tomas and whether they think he might end up as […] What Does The Winter Have In Store For The Padres? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 18, 2014

Could Ike Davis Make Sense For The Padres At First?

The Padres could be in the market for a new first baseman. We don’t yet if new GM A.J. Preller intends to keep or dump first baseman Yonder Alonso. I’ve already covered some other options the Padres could look at for first base, and now I’m going to suggest one other possibility, Ike Davis. Here’s […] Could Ike Davis Make Sense For The Padres At First? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 18, 2014

San Diego Saturdays: Giants’ Telling Sign For Future Padres Success

A few years ago the San Francisco Giants were a middle of the division team, never rising above third place in the National League West. It was embarrassing to the great franchise and they were in major need of a change. So, that’s exactly what they did. Over the course of a few seasons the […] San Diego Saturdays: Giants’ Telling Sign For Future Padres Success - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

El jonrón de Travis Ishikawa en Español

¡Adios, pelota! Your browser does not support iframes. Why do these things always sound better en Español? It's just one of those mysteries we have to live with, like left-handed swings looking prettier than right-handed swings. I've only watched this one 48 times. Slowing down.
A recap of the Giants/Royals season series

A recap of the Giants/Royals season series

It did not go well. You're going to read and hear a lot about the Giants/Royals series from August. Did you know the Royals swept the Giants? Did you? Did you hear how the Giants went into Kansas City and came home without a win? I heard that they were crying -- literally crying -- at the airport after the series. The Giants don't match up well with the Royals, alright. They just don't. Except let's go through those games and cherry pick reasons to ignore the results. Makes me feel better, it does. The Giants in early August were a freight train filled with mistakes and sadness. The views...
Friars on Base Oct 17, 2014

The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: Who Is The Padres’ Real Ace?

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve focused this column on the San Diego Padres’ desire to sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas. Well, heading into your weekend, I’m going to give you a reprieve. Today, I want to discuss what I think is a question that more than one Friars’ fan has asked during this […] The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: Who Is The Padres’ Real Ace? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 17, 2014

Looking Back: The Padres 1984 NLCS Game Four

Since we last met up, the NL Wild Card team, the San Francisco Giants once again proved that they are the class of the senior circuit. While the Dodgers may have won the division, they are sitting at home, while the hated Giants, will attempt to win their third World Series since 2010. In terms […] Looking Back: The Padres 1984 NLCS Game Four - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

NL West Player News

  • 3 Madison Bumgarner

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bumgarner against Shields in World Series opener

  • 2 Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum waits his turn, still yet to pitch in playoffs

  • 1 Travis Ishikawa

    Travis Ishikawa

    Travis Ishikawa, a Yankee for three days, sent San Francisco Giants to World Series

  • Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke

    Los Angeles Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw will start NLDS Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals

  • Yusmeiro Petit

    Yusmeiro Petit

    Petit rides to the rescue in October, a la Lincecum 2012

NL West Photos