Recent San Diego Padres Blogs

BDD: Is It Really That Hard?

My latest piece at Baseball Daily Digest focuses on pitching to Adrian Gonzalez, and how the Mariners failed to do it properly.Check it out. more
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Author: mvn
Posted: June 21st, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Fantasy Baseball: Replacing Jake Peavy

With the news that San Diego Padres' pitcher Jake Peavy could miss up to 12 weeks with a torn tendon in his right ankle, his fantasy owners will be without a proven ace that they likely used an early round pick ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: June 20th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Peavy out a month

Corey Brock reports that Jake Peavy will be out one month due to an ankle injury.Bad for the Padres, but it's not like they were going to make the playoffs anyway. Now, the trade rumors should stop until ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: June 14th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

I Wonder If Adrian Gonzalez Likes Fishsticks, Too

"It's amazin', so amazin', so amazin', so amazin', it's amazin'.  I'm a monster, I'm a maven..."--Kanye West, "Amazing"Personal feelings aside about writing a tribute anthem to yourself, Kanye West's track is sick.  Very sick and in a good ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: June 5th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

MLB Crystal Ball: Padres Don’t Have to Trade Peavy

There were few teams more interesting than the San Diego Padres in the past week.  First, they successfully agreed to a trade that would send ace Jake Peavy to the White Sox...only to have Peavy decide that he'd rather not ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: May 29th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Adrian Gonzalez, the ultimate sell high candidate

First off, NO Adrian Gonzalez is not a fluke!  He is however, not going to see this many good pitches to hit for much longer.  ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: May 17th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

MLB Outsider Mock Draft: San Diego Padres Select Dustin Ackley

MLB Outsider is hosting a 2009 MLB mock draft, where bloggers from all over come together in an attempt to project the draft results that will take place June 9. Friar Forecast's Daniel Gettinger picks for ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: May 15th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Ohlendorf, Adam LaRoche Take Series from San Diego

Ross Ohlendorf settled in after allowing a two run bomb to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. He pitched into the 8th and gave way after giving up a pinch hit homer leading off the 8th to Edgar Gonzalez. The Pirates ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: April 26th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Duke Dominate as Bucs Beat Friars

Is it wrong to get excited when Zach Duke pitches like I did in 2005? He went 8-1/3 inning, allowing just one run, five singles, a triple and a pair of walks. He picked up his third win and dropped ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: April 26th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres

Delving into the Rule Book

Ken Plutnicki, New York Times: A play at the plate is one of the most exciting plays in baseball, so when there are two plays at the plate (at the same time!) it's a real beer-spiller. Such was the case on Tuesday night, in the Padres-Giants game, when Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley of the Padres tried to score on a double off the right-field wall. Gonzalez, on second, had to hold to see if the ball would be caught, but Headley, on first, had a better read and was running right away. That meant Headley was right behind Gonzalez as the throw came in from right field. The Giants catcher, Benji Molina, was able to get only one of the runners out, and the plate umpire, Jeff Nelson, was in good position to make the calls amid the chaos. I wondered, though, how such a play would be scored. If Molina had tagged out both runners, would the outfielder be credited with two assists on one play with just the one throw?That answer is no, said Andres Wirkmaa, who wrote "Baseball Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules." One throw, one assist is the rule of thumb for such a play, although the Official Baseball Rules do not directly address this situation. Wirkmaa said that once the first putout is made by the catcher, that ends the play, and the next play is an unassisted putout by the catcher. But in the Giants game, the first runner was safe. Does that end the play? No assist even though the second runner was tagged out by Molina? more
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Author: mvn
Posted: April 24th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, San Diego Padres
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