Jamey Newberg: Laboring Day

“It’s not good.” He said it stoically, his face devoid of the familiar smiles and the fake dugout indignation and the joy he brings effortlessly to the game, instead lined with the pain borne not only of a strained hamstring that forced him from Thursday’s game with not a shred of resistance but also of the reality […]

Newberg: Baseball, hot dogs, Jeff Malm, and the enduring dreams of the uninvited.

When I heard last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were shutting the circus down once and for all, after having been around three times longer than me, it registered with me that the news didn’t really register with me. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it, maybe ever, but on reflection […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Mets called up P Steven Matz and sent P Jack Leathersich to the minors. Matz was ranked as the Mets #2 prospect and the #33 prospect in the majors by Baseball America. YEAR AGE RSAA […]

The Trouble with Triples

The biggest trouble with triples is that they are so infrequent that when they happen we feel obliged to talk about them. So far this season, there have been: 12,731 singles 3627 doubles 2071 home runs 395 triples That’s why when on Thursday the Giants defeated the Padres, 13-8, we don’t talk about the fact […]

How Will Petco Affect New Padres?

This contribution comes from Tyler Maher. Check out his blog Tyler’s Think Tank and follow him on Twitter @PlanetMaherz. Barring a Texas Rangers-esque plague of injuries, the 2015 San Diego Padres are going to be better than the 2014 edition. The question is how much better, and that’s decidedly more difficult to predict. A lot of their projected […]

Peter Gammons – Matt Kemp: Off the L.A. Freeway to the Restoration of a Career

PEORIA, Ar.—He is now in another culture, albeit down the road apiece from Alvarado Street and the Hollywood Hills and Topanga Canyon. Matt Kemp still thinks about what got him here to the Padres and San Diego and a place teammates tell him he can go out to eat and no one will bother him, […]

Spring Awakening for Middlebrooks

It isn’t even 2 weeks into spring training, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make some early non-binding observations. With every new season comes a new realm of possibilities for players and teams. This offseason the Padres acquired a whole new look to their line up and roster, including third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Perhaps more than […]

Padres Looking to Ride All-Hit, No Field Lineup to October

Last October, the Kansas City Royals came within a single game of clinching a World Series title thanks in large part to slick glove work. Someone forgot to tell Padres GM A.J. Preller that defense is fashionable, though. Preller’s overriding principle during San Diego’s hyperactive offseason? Load up on right-handed power, fielding be damned. That […]

The new look Padres

Today the baseball world is buzzing as James Shields finally settled a deal with a new club. The Padres and Shields agreed to a 4-year deal for $75MM with a club option for the 5th season. This acquisition is the newest in a slew of off season deals giving the Padres roster a brand new look going […]

Peter Gammons: A Beach Boys Christmas

Sit back and think about where everyone has gone since Madison Bumgarner put away the 2014 season. In the transition season from Bud Selig to Rob Manfred, when after the Kansas City Royals took the World Series to a seventh game as many as three-quarters of the teams will awaken on Christmas morning believing in […]