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Friars on Base 2 hours ago

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 2 hours ago

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 4 hours ago

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 6 hours ago

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 8 hours ago

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
Friars on Base 10 hours ago

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 12 hours ago

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...
Friars on Base 12 hours ago

Padres Editorial: Viva Los Padres! Team Should Embrace Fans From Mexico

Let’s face it San Diego Padres fans, they are not a large market team. The TV deal with Fox Sports definitely pumps some much-needed revenue into the franchise, but they will never be able to spend frivolously like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers of the world. I really don’t mind that either, […] Padres Editorial: Viva Los Padres! Team Should Embrace Fans From Mexico - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 13 hours ago

Larry King Now Loving Matt Kemp On Larry King Now

That's actually a pretty good sentence... Here's the great thing about Matt Kemp: He's not going to let a little thing like getting traded from The Wonder City of America's Los Angeles Dodgers to America's Finest City San Diego Padres get in the way of him being as famous as f_cking possible. Case in point: His appearance on Larry King Now. I believe that Larry King Now continues the great tradition of Larry King Live in the hearts and minds of most people as something that they are vaguely aware of and attribute some cultural significance to despite never actually watching. Larry King...
Gaslamp Ball 15 hours ago

Joey Cora game-worn uniform photo set

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Gaslamp Ball 17 hours ago

Padres pitchers and catchers report in 23 days

Time to crank up some Europe, 'cause it's the final countdown. There are only 23 days left until Padres pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on February 19. The first workout is scheduled for the next day; all other players are scheduled to show up on February 24, with the club's first full workout scheduled for the day after that. The nineteenth is the most popular day to kick things off, with 13 teams' batteries reporting then. The Giants, along with both Pennsylvania teams and both Ohio teams, break camp one day earlier. Nine teams open up proceedings on February 20, the Rays pitchers...
Friars on Base Jan 26, 2015

Padres Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Feb 6.

The much-anticipated 2015 season is soon upon us as single-game tickets will go on sale Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. on Padres.com. Of course season-ticket holders will have a head start as pre-sale opportunities happen a week before the Feb 6 public release date. Expect the always-popular opening day game to be sold out quickly […] Padres Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Feb 6. - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jan 26, 2015

Padres News: Market For James Shields Still Up In The Air

Heading into the winter, it was safely assumed that the big three free agent pitchers: Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields, were expected to be heavily pursued by dozens of teams, and eventually agreeing to sign a long-term, mega-dollar deal. Here we are in the last week of January, and two of the three […] Padres News: Market For James Shields Still Up In The Air - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jan 26, 2015

Padres News: Is Matt Kemp Still Elite?

In 2011, Matt Kemp ought to have won the MVP over Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun.  Kemp followed that season with two injury-riddled campaigns with the Dodgers.  In 2012, he played fabulously but in only 106 games.  The next year Kemp played at the league average in 73 games.  He came back last year and played very […] Padres News: Is Matt Kemp Still Elite? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Jan 26, 2015

Beating the shift out of them

What all this talk about making rules about the infield shift could mean for the Padres. Recently, new commissioner Rob Manfred made waves talking about a potential change to the rules to get rid of infield shifts. If you want a hot take on whether or not such a rule should be implemented then I recommend the SBNation piece: The stupidity of eliminating defensive shifts by Grant Brisbee. What I thought us over at little Gaslamp Ball could take a look at is how the shift impacted the Padres. In September Steve Moyer over at the Wall Street Journal wrote an article where he had a ranking of...
Friars on Base Jan 26, 2015

Padres News: Team Extends Spring Training Invitations

As San Diego Padres‘ GM A.J. Preller prepares for his first spring training at the helm of his newly-revamped Friars club, the team announced today that they have extended invitations to 18 players, signing each to a contract with an invite to big league camp. Some of the names are very familiar to fans of […] Padres News: Team Extends Spring Training Invitations - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jan 26, 2015

Padres hosted a Happy Hour last Thursday

The Padres were nice enough to host a Happy Hour last Thursday at Bub's, a local bar near the ballpark. It started off as an idea from MLB.com writer Corey Brock and was quickly hijacked by Padres Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello.  Amazingly it sprung from a tweet to reality in less than a week. Looking forward to talking #Padres baseball with some of you tomorrow @BubsBallpark from 6-8 at our offseason get together. — Wayne Partello (@WaynePartello) January 22, 2015 I was being indecisive but ultimately decided against going in the late afternoon in favor of doing some back...
NoNoHitters.com Jan 26, 2015

Monbouquette, threw no-hitter for Boston Red Sox, dies

Bill Monbouquette, a Boston Red Sox pitcher who threw a no-hitter on Aug. 1, 1962 against the Chicago White Sox, died Sunday at the age of 78. The Boston Globe in 2008 detailed Monbouquette’s battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Monbouquette …
Friars on Base Jan 26, 2015

Padres History: The All-Star Game Was Always Special For Tony Gwynn

The long, historic tradition of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game goes back decades and it still remains the most meaningful for those players who participate in it each year. Whether it was Boston’s Ted Williams smacking a walk-off home run in 1941 or Pete Rose running over of Ray Fosse in the 1970 mid-summer classic, […] Padres History: The All-Star Game Was Always Special For Tony Gwynn - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jan 26, 2015

Alesmith Brewing Co. & The Gwynn Food Truck Revisted

Honest impressions of two local businesses pandering to the taste buds of San Diego and its Padres fans. The collaboration between Gwynn's Gourmet Food Truck and Alesmith's .394 pale ale, both named in honor of the San Diego icon, made a lot of sense. San Diego loves its beer, Tony Gwynn loved his food. Especially his wife Alicia's fried chicken. As far as a Gwynn-themed beer, it's funny to imagine a Tony alcohol when for his improvised bachelor party he was downing shots of only Sprite and water. The atmosphere of Alesmith, located right off Miramar Rd, gives off an inviting vibe. It felt...

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