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Gaslamp Ball 10 hours ago

City Beat names Gaslamp Ball San Diego's Best Sports Blog

Imagine my surprise when I saw a tweet from Geoff of Ducksnorts congratulating us on being named Best Local Sports Blog by SD City Beat readers.  I skipped outside to the curb to grab a copy.  I then thumbed through it until I found where Gaslamp Ball was mentioned. These polls are funny in that when you are awarded you put a lot of stock into them, and when you don't you scoff at the publication's ignorance.  We've been on both sides of it.  In this case we can only conclude that City Beat readers are geniuses.  When I told Dex about the honor he exclaimed "That means the liberals...
Gaslamp Ball 11 hours ago
Stretch of Interstate 15 to be named after Tony Gwynn

Stretch of Interstate 15 to be named after Tony Gwynn

San Diego County Supervisors approved $7,500 to purchase signs to memorialize Poway resident and San Diego icon Tony Gwynn.  They'll use money from the community grant fund but eventually plan to repay the state with money from the private sector. If legislation in Sacramento supports the effort then we'll eventually see signs placed along the 15 from Scripps Poway Parkway to Pomerado Road.  The article says the signs will look similar to those placed along Lake Hodges for slain runner Chelsea King. Tony Gwynn to be honored with I-15 memorial signs - Pomerado News | Pomerado News An...
Friars on Base 18 hours ago

2014 Padres Season In Review: Joaquin Benoit

We continue our look back the the 2014 Padres with a look at the guy who took over at closer once Huston Street was sent to Anaheim before the deadline. Joaquin Benoit was added during the off-season to provide a veteran presence out of the bullpen to set up for Street ahead of guys like […] 2014 Padres Season In Review: Joaquin Benoit - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 18 hours ago

Padres hire Sam Geaney as director of player development

Padres General Manager A.J. Preller announced this morning that he has hired Sam Geaney as Director of Player Development.  He'll replace Randy Smith who was removed from the role last week, but stays within the organization. Padres Name Sam Geaney Director of Player Development " Friar Wire "We’re excited to have Sam join our staff," said Preller. "He has a smart baseball mind and a strong work ethic that will help shape our player development philosophy." Geaney, 29, joins the Padres after serving in the Oakland Athletics organization for the past nine seasons. He most recently served...
Friars on Base Oct 22, 2014

Bud Black World Series Ties To Giants-Royals

Bud Black’s feelings towards picking either the San Francisco Giants or the Kansas City Royals in this year’s World Series are pretty neutral. Why you ask? Bud Black played for both squads in his pitching career. Black was traded from his hometown Seattle Mariners to the Kansas City Royals in March 1982. Black thought that […] Bud Black World Series Ties To Giants-Royals - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 22, 2014

World Series 2014 Open Thread: 10/22 Giants @ Royals (game 2)

Last night was rough. Just awful. Today the Royals will face our old-friend-turned-Giant Jake Peavy. Peavy is looking to help himself to a second straight World Series title after winning it with the Red Sox in 2013. But the majority of the country (probably the world even, Idk) is still rooting for the Royals to see this magical season of their to the end and live happily ever after until 2015. Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo...
Friars on Base Oct 22, 2014

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
Friars on Base Oct 22, 2014

Former Padres Ace Peavy Starting Game 2 of the World Series

Jake Peavy has revived his career in the second half for San Fransisco and will be rewarded by being selected to start Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. Of course, Mr. Peavy was drafted by the Padres in the 1999 draft and played for the team from 2002-2009. During that time he lead […] Former Padres Ace Peavy Starting Game 2 of the World Series - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 22, 2014

Should The Padres Target Another Cuban Export?

If indeed he left Cuba, besides Yasmany Tomas, there could be another Cuban export who could make sense for the San Diego Padres to go after. 26-year-old second baseman Jose Fernandez, if he indeed defected, could be a good fit for the Padres. He’s said to have good on base skills and to be adequate […] Should The Padres Target Another Cuban Export? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Oct 22, 2014

Padres fall back into old patterns and blame the hitting coach.

The Padres have a tradition of cycling through hitting coaches. Ben Oglivie, Duane Espy, Dave Magadan, Merv Rettenmund, Wally Joyner, Jim Levebvre, Randy Ready and now Phil Plantier. These are all the hitting coaches that have come and gone since Rettenmund initially left the Padres after the 1999 season. Some didn't even make it to the offseason before moving on, but Plantier rode out this rough season before getting removed from his position. This has been a standard play in the Padres playbook with each result almost seeming worse that the last (if you just go by the hitters'...
Friars on Base Oct 22, 2014

Baseball America Grades 2014 Padres Draft

That feeling of waiting for a report card during semester break or summer break, finding out how you did in school always had me on pins and needles. Will the Padres and their most recent draft develop and turn out to be the next Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants? Or will they be […] Baseball America Grades 2014 Padres Draft - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 22, 2014

Padres fire hitting coach Phil Plantier

Padres beat writer Corey Brock announced this morning via Twitter that the team fired their hitting coach Phil Plantier but hinted that he may have end up with another role in the organization. I hate to see anyone lose their job but I'm glad that GM A.J. Preller is mixing things up because Plantier was clearly not getting results out of the team's hitters.  He probably should have been fired in June when the team was on pace to be the worst hitting team of all time.  The hitters share a good portion of the blame as well and hopefully they'll be dealt with in a similar fashion. Padres...
Gaslamp Ball Oct 22, 2014

Michael Barrett birthday card: Photoshop failure and home run history

When I ordered a bunch of Padres commons last month it was with days like this in mind. I mean, how am I supposed to do a birthday card post about Michael Barrett without a Michael Barrett card? Barrett's brief stay in San Diego was captured on a few cards. The one I have was the first to be released; it's from the 2007 Topps Update and Highlights set. I'm always criticizing Topps' airbrushing and Photoshopping, but they did a fairly decent job on this one. At a glance, one is liable to think it's unaltered. But since it's my nature to nitpick, here are the red flags: The wordmark on his...
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2014

What’s In A Name? Columbia (You Fill In The Blank!)

Recently the news came out that there is a going to be a new team in the Minor Leagues starting in 2016. The only problem is they don’t have a team name. So far it’s just the Columbia…(Fill In The Blank!) They are holding a “Name Our Team” contest from now until the 24th of […] What’s In A Name? Columbia (You Fill In The Blank!) - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2014

Friars On Base AFL Update

San Diego Padres’ prospects Trea Turner and Hunter Renfroe are looking to escape their first-year minor league slumps in the Arizona Fall League. Most likely to be a lead-off hitter for the Padres someday, will be highly-touted prospect from this recent draft, shortstop Trea Turner.  Turner has been on a “Taxi schedule” where he only […] Friars On Base AFL Update - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 21, 2014

World Series 2014 Open Thread: 10/21 Giants @ Royals (game 1)

Tonight begins a World Series that can be summed up as good vs. evil. On one side we've got the Royals. A team that had a tough battle towards the end of the regular season but fought their way to the playoffs and then proceeded to sweep each team they faced. People brushed them off all season, even when they were winning (sound familiar?). But they relied on pitching, defense and speed (sooound familiar??) to get where they are, and that is in the MF World Series. And Royals fans, like our own Friar Faithful, have had to endure years of hardship and now they finally get to root for their...
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2014

Looking Back: The Padres 1984 World Series Game One

To honor the greatest sporting event on the planet, the Fall Classic, we continue our “Looking Back” series, celebrating the San Diego Padres’ 1984 National League pennant-winning season. We open the second part of this series by reviewing the opening salvo of the ’84 Series between the Friars and the dominant American League champions, the […] Looking Back: The Padres 1984 World Series Game One - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2014

2014 Padres Year In Review: Odrisamer Despaigne

Little was thought of it at the time when the Padres signed Odrisamer Despaigne. In fact, here’s a scouting report of him from MLB Trade Rumors back in March of this year: “I would say his stuff is average across the board. He’s got feel and he’s got deception, and he knows how to pitch. […] 2014 Padres Year In Review: Odrisamer Despaigne - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Oct 21, 2014

The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: What Can Fans Believe?

The excitement hasn’t quite worn off of the hiring of new San Diego Padres’ GM A.J. Preller just yet. The way the team finished the 2014 season, has to give cause for some enthusiasm heading into next season. Or does it? We’ve heard this same song and dance before from the Friars. Struggle for most […] The Editor’s Desk with Billy Brost: What Can Fans Believe? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Oct 21, 2014

The Challenge Trot: How well did Bud Black utilize expanded replay?

Buddy spent a good amount of time exercising his team challenges (and his legs) trotting between the dugout and the field. Here's a stat breakdown of his success with his first season with replay review, and the effect it had on the league as a whole. After finishing his fourth losing season with the Padres, Bud Black has already been announced to return for his 9th year as manager in San Diego. Fans seem to be split up the middle whether or not this is a good or bad thing. Either way, Buddy has done a lot with what hes got over the past years. One of the more involved managerial...

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