Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Gyorko deal

When the Padres announced a contract extension for Jedd Gyorko, I spun off this reaction story for utsandiego.com. One thing not in that story: Buying out a year of free agency and gaining an option on the second year of free agency appealed to the club, for sure.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dodgers perspective

I think the Dodgers underachieved in many of the years that Larry Lucchino and John Moores ran the Padres together and on into the 2000s. Those days are long gone. I wouldn't necessarily call the Dodgers shrewd or efficient, but they seem more formidable organizationally than in those days when the "Lucchino Padres"  took a few playful jabs at the Dodgers and outpaced them to win two NL West titles (and an NL pennant). My story on the subject ran last week at utsandiego.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Padres win opener

Leading up to tonight's 3-1 win over the Dodgers, I  wrote a few Padres-related thoughts over at utsandiego.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pink Pony Scouts Chat

Spring training is over, at last. What of significance transpired in Arizona the last several weeks? Several MLB scouts told me what they saw from the Padres, San Diego's NL West rivals, and several other teams including the Angels, A's, Mariners and Cubs. In addition, scouts spoke to several trends within MLB.

I compiled the comments and posted a story -- here -- at utsandiego.com. If you're wondering, this marks the fourth Pink Pony Scouts Chat.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Maybin

Cameron Maybin's injury caused by an ill-advised and ill-executed dive led me to recommend a tutor, and to wax, Old Guyish, about durable CFs I enjoyed watching. Story is here at utsandiego.com.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jeter and Gwynn

Derek Jeter's retirement announcement prompted some Padres-and-Gwynn-related thoughts. My story ran at utsandiego.com.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scouts talk trade

Here's my U-T story on the Padres-Rays trade, including scouts' comments and my thoughts on Logan Forsythe.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Garfinkel steps down

Tom Garfinkel has resigned from his job as Padres CEO and president. Garfinkel's departure is news but it is not a surprise, given how often the Padres have changed out CEOs in the last decade-plus, as I wrote about a year-and-a-half ago.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Newsstand

Over at UTSanDiego.com, I explored whether the Padres whiffed by not drafting Stanford pitcher Mark Appel in 2012. This month, the Astros selected Appel first overall.

Appel, you'll recall, was a consensus top-five talent who fell past the Padres to No. 8, where the Pirates drafted him. Last summer, creating a big splash throughout MLB, a seasoned league source told me that $6 million wasn't going to land Appel for the Astros, who had the largest draft pool of money. Houston had considered Appel, a Scott Boras player, for the No. 1 pick but took a prep shortstop who signed for $4.8 million. A member of Appel's camp, meantime, told me that "financial parameters" hadn't been discussed with Houston.

The recent U-T story I wrote about Appel came a week before the Astros signed him. According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, the signing bonus was $6.35 million.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Scouts talk Padres draft

Scouts from other teams talked about three players drafted by the Padres, starting with top pick Hunter Renfroe.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Newsstand

A few articles from recent weeks: the Headley situation (part 2); the Padres penchant for ending up covered in mud when they make a big spending splash; and Ron Fowler's feisty past as a team owner.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Newsstand

Another day, another Padres story: is it better to be putrid than mediocre?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Newsstand

Thanks for dropping by the place. Don't mind the cobwebs.

Here, following, are several Padres-related articles I've written in recent weeks: Why Giants fans owe Padres fans a gift or two; the benefits and challenges of an "extreme pitcher's" ballpark (hint: this one's in San Francisco,  where the fences aren't being moved in); what course to set regarding Chase Headley; an AL exec's interpretation of what awaits Carlos Quentin; new ownership's embrace of Josh Byrnes; and a reminder that boring Old Petco was good to the Padres, at least on the field.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The beer man

Ron Fowler, the new control owner of the Padres, is  used to being an underdog, and succeeding as one. My story on him.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pony update

Yes, the Pink Pony Scouts Chat will return, marking the third spring in a row we hear from several of MLB's scouts and evaluators. They'll review an unusually long spring training and on occasion look ahead. Keep an eye on utsandiego.com's Padres page, and I'll also post a link here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mysterious Snakes

Diamondbacks fans are furious. They say Kevin Towers is ruining their team.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hail the victors

Congratulations to Bruce Bochy and Tim Flannery, World Series champions.

What a run it's been for the two former Padres players and staffers who reunited with the Giants in late 2006.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Newsstand

The Padres are playing so well, their draft position for 2013 has gone from No. 1 to No. 11 in the last 10 weeks, with no sign of stopping. Over at U~T San Diego, I wrote about the Chargers, who opened their season last night with a victory over the Raiders.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Newsstand

Former Padres exec Andy Strasberg has released a nostalgic book, Baseball Fantography, A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans. "Sometimes," writes Bob Costas in the foreword, "it is the personal snapshot a fan takes that best demonstrates what the game can mean to those who care about it." The Padres are well-represented, whether it's the San Diego Chicken attempting to distract Don Sutton, snapshots of players being photographed for their baseball cards, including Tito Fuentes, Bobby Tolan and Dave Freisleben, or Tony Gwynn swinging for a video shot at UC Riverside (with a no pepper sign in the background.) The hope is that fans will share other snapshots with Strasberg...Over at ESPN.com, I preview college football's title race, writing a West Coast Bias perspective on the SEC's dominance and USC's chances of unseating the next SEC champ...Bravo to the Padres for honoring Jerry Coleman, statue of whom will be unveiled on Sept. 15. Last year I stumped on the Colonel's behalf.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ticket prices going up

This may have appeared in the mainstream media, so excuse me if I'm late to the story. In any event, I'm told by several Padres season ticket-holders that their seats will be more expensive next year. They received a renewal notice calling for increases of 5-9%. Two of these folks have field level seats, and I'm told at least some of premier seats will be more expensive in 2013. I don't know if prices for other seats also will go up (the Padres made no mention of raising ticket prices at yesterday's news conference introducing the team's new owners). My flip reaction: Giants and Phillies fans have money to burn, now the Padres will get more of it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The $200-million take

I asked new Padres boss Ron Fowler if it's true: Did $200 million in Padres TV money go out the door when John Moores finally sold the team?

Ownership numbers

When John Moores bought the Padres, team execs revealed the ownership's pie chart. Reporters learned Moores owned about 80 percent of the club, with the rest divvied up among a handful of minority partners, including Tom Werner. On the same topic, the new ownership group was less forthcoming today in its introductory press conference.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Family affair

What an electric night for the Kelly family, Casey throwing six scoreless innings in his major league debut on Monday, the same day that his dad, Pat, looking on at Petco Park, celebrated his 57th birthday. Casey's brother, Chris, had to be thrilled too. Beyond the blood connection, the brothers are both Padres. Chris scouts amateur players in the Florida panhandle and Georgia. "He's doing a good job for us," Josh Byrnes said. Pat Kelly played pro ball for 13 years as a catcher and has managed for 22 years in the minor leagues. He directed Padres affiliates in Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A. If Casey and Chris have strong instincts for baseball, it's not hard to figure out the nature and nurture angles.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The trade

Adrian Gonzalez is a Dodger. Following are my rapid reactions to the amazing trade that sent the Tijuana and Chula Vista product to Chavez Ravine:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Casey Kelly

The Padres aren't allowing Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers to have all the fun.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Homework on ballpark

Whatever new ownership decides regarding Petco Park's dimensions, it will not lack for options.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Taking care

The only titanium Bruce Bochy wants in his life is a titanium driver to hit golf balls.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Desert hope

Padres fans, be encouraged that Wade Miley is having the best year of any Diamondbacks pitcher, even if you detest the Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Safety net

We're going to read and hear a lot of happy talk about new Padres ownership in coming weeks, assuming that major league owners approve the O'Malley/Fowler/Mickelson group, which I'm told also includes other significant investors not yet mentioned in the maintstream press. It's my hope that all of the happy talk is justified. Take this to the bank: If Ron Fowler's Padres teams are 80 percent as entertaining as his San Diego Sockers teams, we're headed for a fun ride.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Clear thinking

In April, I asked Chase Headley if he was feeling left out.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bad ping pong

Donald Sterling's ghost is still haunting San Diego. The ghost's latest victim: The Padres.