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Friars on Base 5 hours ago

The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: How Long Of A Leash Does Bud Black Get In ’15?

How exciting must San Francisco Giants’ fans be at this point? They just won their third World Series in five years, and they have done it with a combination of solid homegrown products, savvy trades, and keen free agent signings. They don’t go after the big fish, they go after the RIGHT fish. Then, manager […] The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: How Long Of A Leash Does Bud Black Get In ’15? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 7 hours ago

Padres Up for 3 GIBBY Awards

While I wouldn’t use the word great to describe the 2014 Padres season, it doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a fair share of great moments. Now those moments have a chance to be recognized. Voting is now open for MLB.com’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, or GIBBY Awards for short.  The GIBBYs have several different […] Padres Up for 3 GIBBY Awards - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 9 hours ago

Rumors: Could the Padres Move Yasmani Grandal?

Yesterday I was listening to the MLBTR Podcast, and the host Jeff Todd and Charlie Wilmoth of MLBTR and Bucs Dugout were talking about the Pirates options at catcher. One of the options they mentioned was a trade for Yasmani Grandal. It got me thinking should the Padres entertain the idea of moving Grandal? He […] Rumors: Could the Padres Move Yasmani Grandal? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 11 hours ago

2014 Padres Year In Review: Everth Cabrera

2013 was a banner year for Everth Cabrera. All-Star Game selection. 37 steals. Career highs in many offensive categories. It made you think the Padres had their shortstop and lead-off hitter for the future. 2014 brought all that back to earth. Cabrera hit .232/.272/.300 with three homers, 20 RBI and 18 steals. He then hurt […] 2014 Padres Year In Review: Everth Cabrera - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 13 hours ago

Tim Stauffer Files for Free Agency

Major League Baseball players have filed for free agency, and the only Padre on the list is the longest-tured Padre Tim Stauffer. Officially, with the decline of his team option, Josh Johnson is too; though it is tough to consider him a Padre since he never even pitched for them.  Stauffer’s career has been a […] Tim Stauffer Files for Free Agency - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 14 hours ago

Padres Pumpkins: Tony Gwynn and Jerry Coleman tribute

If Jodes wasn't at work right now this is probably what she'd blog. - jbox Happy Halloween my lovely Gaslamp Ballers!  This is your girl Jodes0405. I'm on two hours sleep and starting my eight hour work day, that's why I might not sound like myself. Holla! As you know the Padres are hosting their annual pumpkin carving contest. All you have to do is carve a Padres themed pumpkin, tag it with #PadresPumpkins and post it on Instagram. Here's the thing about me, I've got mad skillz when it comes to carving gourds.  I also looove me some Padres.  Keep the faith, y'all! It is time....
Friars on Base Oct 30, 2014

Logan White Comfortable In Padres Front Office

The newest addition to the Padres front office Logan White, reportedly still had a place in the Los Angeles Dodgers front office as the team’s Vice President of amateur scouting and he was looking forward to working with the Dodgers new president of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, even after all of the changes that the […] Logan White Comfortable In Padres Front Office - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 30, 2014

Padres decline Josh Johnson's 2015 option

The Padres announced today that they declined Josh Johnson's $4 million dollar team option. You may recall that the option was a provision written in by former general manager Josh Byrnes which stipulated that the club could bring him back in 2015 for $4 million dollars if he started fewer than seven games. You may also recall that he started zero, following an injury in spring training that led to his second Tommy John surgery. About two weeks ago, when Johnson threw for the first time since surgery, there was a lot of discussion regarding his option. One possibility that was bandied about...
Friars on Base Oct 30, 2014

Padres Decline Team Option On Pitcher Josh Johnson

The San Diego Padres announced earlier today that they have chosen to decline their team option on right-handed starting pitcher Josh Johnson for the 2015 season. Johnson was due to make $4 million dollars next season, but made less than seven starts. He re-injured his pitching elbow, and underwent the second Tommy John procedure of […] Padres Decline Team Option On Pitcher Josh Johnson - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 30, 2014

Petco Park No Longer Just For Pitchers?

Petco Park! The home of our beloved San Diego Padres. Petco has been known for being a pitcher-friendly ballpark because of the fences being so far from home plate. Which usually causes a lot of hitters to “talk” about how Petco plays. However, over the past two years, the players have slowly but surely stopped […] Petco Park No Longer Just For Pitchers? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Oct 30, 2014

Padres 2014 Season In Milestones

A sport full of stats cannot help but achieve some player milestones at season's end. Take a trip through the numbers looking at the Padres who hit round numbers, career bests and made franchise history. If you do not want to hear about Padres stats from the 2013 season, then this article is not for you. If you have been reading Gaslamp Ball for a while, then you have an idea what stats I'm talking about. Back in March, I wrote about the Padres 2014 Potential Milestones. A yearly post that I have been doing for a while. So, once more into the breach of looking at the year's stats gone...
Gaslamp Ball Oct 30, 2014
Logan White says he would not have left Dodgers for any other job

Logan White says he would not have left Dodgers for any other job

Corey Brock dropped (are the cool kids still saying 'dropped'?) a new article over at the Padres' official site this morning about the club's newest front-office hire, Logan White, and how he's settling in to his new surroundings. It's a good, informative read which touches on his background and also details what his new job as special advisor to the GM and director of pro scouting will entail. What I found most fascinating is what led him to choose to leave his employer of the past 13 years, the Dodgers. A few days ago when I was doing my digging for Dodgers fans' reactions to the Padres...
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Oct 30, 2014
Offseason loss of 60 day DL brings Padres roster crunch

Offseason loss of 60 day DL brings Padres roster crunch

For the second season in a row, the return to the roster of injured Friars forces some roster decisions. At all times a major league baseball team has to have a valid 40 man roster. During the season, the team can place injured players on a 60 day DL and open up a spot on that roster. Once the season is over, the 60 day DL goes away. All those players either needs spots on the roster or have to be let go. Most years the team also has a number of free agents that vacate roster spots at the same time. The Padres do not have this luxury this offseason. The team only has one true free agent:...
Friars on Base Oct 29, 2014

Looking Back: The Padres 1984 World Series Game Four

Well, tonight will be the last game of the 2014 season. There is nothing better in sports than a Game Seven of a World Series. Not the Super Bowl, not the NCAA Men’s Final Four, not the NBA or Stanley Cub Finals. There is only one true World Series, and if the series goes to […] Looking Back: The Padres 1984 World Series Game Four - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 29, 2014

The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: Who Is Alonzo Powell?

You are probably wondering the same thing I am. Recently, San Diego Padres’ manager Bud Black made an appearance on a local San Diego radio show, and addressed several issues, including the status of who his new hitting coach might be. Black stated that assistant hitting coach, Alonzo Powell is going to be interviewed in […] The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: Who Is Alonzo Powell? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 29, 2014

2014 World Series Game 7 Open Thread

Welp, this is it: The last day of baseball. Kind of. I mean, there's still winter league ball, but that's on a different level and generally not televised, so for most of us, this is it. Unless Bud Selig decides to call it a tie after the eleventh inning, this is going to be either really, really awesome or the same old even-year dickhat garbage we've come accustomed to. Let's hope the Royals storm out of the gate and pile on a ton of early runs again so all that Madison Bumgarner chatter is a non-factor. Here are the last MLB starting lineups of 2014: Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO...
Friars on Base Oct 29, 2014

Top 5 Padres Moments Of 2014

Top 5 Best Moments 2014 San Diego Padres  It’s been a long and rough season for the San Diego Padres, but not all was awful for Padres’ fans. Okay, it was pretty bad (Take the awful month of June for example) and yet another year of mediocre to bad baseball, finishing 3rd in the N.L. […] Top 5 Padres Moments Of 2014 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 29, 2014

2014 Padres Year In Review: Jedd Gyorko

If anyone is the example of the sophomore jinx in 2014, it was Padres’ second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko was limited to just 111 games last season and compiled a .210/.280/.333 with 10 homers and 51 RBI and STILL LEAD THE TEAM IN RBI. Gives you an example on how inept the offense was. Gyorko […] 2014 Padres Year In Review: Jedd Gyorko - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 29, 2014

Bud Black Weighs In…

Early yesterday morning, Bud Black called into the Dave and Jeff hour on Fox Sports San Diego Extra 1360 to talk baseball and the Fall Classic. The interview got underway with them talking about the addition of Logan White to the Baseball Operations staff and Black’s response was “As far as Logan White, he is […] Bud Black Weighs In… - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 29, 2014

The Wasco Clown has come to Petco Park

They all float down here. The mysterious clown from Wasco has left California's San Joaquin Valley and is now in America's Finest City.  The clown staged a few photos around San Diego in the last couple of days, first at Vieja's Arena, then in the parking structure of San Diego State and now at Petco Park. This is good news because if you remember from Stephen King's novel "It", Pennywise, the demonic shape-shifting clown, was [SPOILER ALERT] eventually defeated by a group of kids from the fictional town of Derry named The Losers' Club.  In San Diego we've got a loser club too and it's...

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