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Padres Release Hitting Coach Phil Plantier

The Padres Wednesday have released hitting coach Phil Plantier following one of the worst hitting seasons in Padres history. June 2014 was statistically the worst combined team batting average in the modern era, hitting only .171 combined in the month of June.  Plantier was under contract through 2015 but is now the sixth hitting coach […] Padres Release Hitting Coach Phil Plantier - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres Public Oct 21, 2014

Why Yasmani Grandal Should Keep His Catcher’s Mitt

Since we last discussed the San Diego Padres catcher situation, a lot has happened: Yasmani Grandal turned in an up-and-down campaign in 2014 after rushing a return from ACL surgery, showing signs of offensive brilliance while also failing to build on his sensational 2012 debut. On the defensive side of the ball, he had some trouble with blocking pitches and only threw out 13 percent of would-be base thieves, but he remained one of the game’s best pitch framers. Rene Rivera somehow emerged as an offensive force, hitting .252/.319/.432 in 329 plate appearances, finishing third on the...
Padres Public Oct 17, 2014

The Big Bad (Slightly Scarier) Dodgers

The San Diego Padres mid-season firing of general manager Josh Byrnes seems to have triggered front office upheaval in the rest of the National League West.* Since then, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Kevin Towers and hired Dave Stewart/ De Jon Watson (which we discussed last month), the Colorado Rockies promoted from within with Jeff Bridich replacing the departing Dan O’Dowd, and now the Los Angeles Dodgers have shifted longtime GM Ned Colletti to a senior advisor role and plucked Andrew Friedman from the Tampa Bay Rays to be their president of baseball operations. *The Giants, who just...
Padres Public Oct 17, 2014

Annotated Ducksnorts: 1999 California/Carolina League All-Star Game

Sometimes it’s fun to revisit places we’ve been. It’s good to see how the world has changed, how we have changed. Every so often here at Son of a Duck, we’ll grab an old Ducksnorts article out of the vault and mark it up with red pen. Enjoy! [Original article posted 7/11/99] Last month the all stars from two Class-A leagues clashed at the Lake Elsinore Diamond to display their talents and bring victory to their league. My wife and I left work early and drove the hour or so up I-15 to the check out the game. We parked in a dirt ... Read the full post
Padres Public Oct 15, 2014

BBBA Awards: Stan Musial Award (MVP)

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.   A pitcher hasn’t won the National League MVP award since 1968 when Bob Gibson won it during the “Year of the Pitcher.” Bob Gibson’s numbers that year are so eye-popping they are almost hard to believe. ERA: 1.12 (Live Ball Era Record) IP: 304.2 BA Against: .184 SO: 268 HRs: 11 (11!) So, when we discuss MVP in the...
Padres Public Oct 15, 2014

2014 BBBA Awards: Pitchers of the Year

None of the folks in the BBBA are likely members of the BBWAA. I know no one in the San Diego chapter is. So we get to make up our own awards. Which is nice.
Padres Public Oct 14, 2014

Embracing the Possibility of Yasmany Tomas

If there’s one thing that the San Diego Padres have become synonymous with in recent years, it’s not the acquisition of high-priced free agents. In fact, when the Padres doled out a combined three years and $23.5 million to pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Josh Johnson last offseason – a paltry sum in today’s market – it represented a relative spending outburst in San Diego, at least compared to previous offseasons that were highlighted by low(er)-budget pickups like Jason Marquis, Mark Kotsay, and Micah Owings. So when you heard that the Padres might have some interest in the latest...
Padres Public Oct 13, 2014

AJ Preller Versus The Volcano

Joe Versus The Volcano is my favorite movie. I know it’s not a great movie, and I know that in terms of Tom Hanks’ career, it’s considered a bit of a joke and a disappointment, but I love it.  The San Diego Padres are my favorite baseball team. I know that in terms of  Major League Baseball teams, they are considered a bit of a joke and are always disappointing, but I love them. The movie is now 24 years old, and if you haven’t seen it you should stop everything and watch it (a former girlfriend bought me the DVD ... Read the full post
Padres Public Oct 10, 2014

BBA Awards: Manager of the Year

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.   The Manager of the Year award is subjective.  Well, OK, all awards are subjective, but Manager of the Year is more so than the rest.  To determine the best pitcher in the league, look at the numbers.  Best hitter? Look at the numbers.  Best Manager?  Can’t really look at the numbers.  How much impact does the Manager...
Padres Public Oct 8, 2014

Talking Intangibles with Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller is the author of Intangibles: Big-League Stories and Strategies for Winning the Mental Game – In Baseball and in Life. He has worked with the Pirates and Nationals, and is currently the mental skills coach for the Atlanta Braves. A San Diego resident, Miller will be at Barnes & Noble in Grossmont Center on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. to discuss his book. Find him online at WinningMind.com or on Twitter at @WinningMindGEM. Recently I had the chance to ask Miller a few questions via the magic of email. Here they are, along with his informative responses: Son of ... Read the...

Dick Enberg a finalist for Frick award

Padres broadcaster emerges as a fan selection from online ballots.
Padres Public Oct 3, 2014

Padres History with Joe Furtado: Chapter 3 – “1970″ 5-X

*Back in 1988, Padres fan and local San Diegan Joe Furtado, started writing a book based on Padres history up to that point. 21 Chapters later he finished it and after a few failed attempts at getting it published, put it back on his shelf never to see the light of day…..that is until now. To read the other entries, click here.  By Joe Furtado: As the 1970 baseball season approached, the saga of St.Louis outfielder Curt Flood occupied the sports pages of America. Traded from St.Louis to the Phillies on October 9, 1969, Flood refused to report to his new team. ... Read the full post
Padres Public Oct 1, 2014

Vote for Things

Tom Tango’s Fans Scouting Report has been live for a while now, and if you haven’t done so yet consider taking the opportunity to cast your ballot. I’ll let Tango explain: Baseball’s fans are very perceptive. Take a large group of them, and they can pick out the final standings with the best of them. They can forecast the performance of players as well as those guys with rather sophisticated forecasting engines. Bill James, in one of his later Abstracts, had the fans vote in for the ranking of the best to worst players by position. And they did ... Read the full post
Padres Public Sep 30, 2014

The Good, the Bold, and the Ugly

There are two things you can do when you write a silly bold predictions piece, like the one I did just prior to the 2014 season: (1) try to forget about it and hope others do the same or (2) revisit it after the season and examine just how crazy you are. I’ve chosen option No. 2. The Padres will win 77 games and finish tied for third-place in the NL West (with the Diamondbacks) Oh, hey, that’s a surprisingly nice start. This prediction wasn’t so much bold in the traditional sense; any reasonable win total projection for the Padres in the offseason likely ... Read the full post
Padres Public Sep 29, 2014

Bring On The Off Season

Well, they did it. Hooray. The Padres broke the 76 win curse, winning more games this season than they did in any of the previous three seasons. Unfortunately, they only beat the previous two seasons by one win, finishing with a 77-85 record. Unfortunately-er, had they stuck to the 76 win streak, they would have had a protected first round pick in next year’s draft, as tying with the 76-86 Reds for the 10th worst record in baseball would have given the Padres the 11th and last protected pick in the draft. Had they done that, they could have signed a free ... Read the full post

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