Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Preller

The Padres will introduce A.J. Preller as their GM later this afternoon. I wrote for UTSanDiego.com why Preller's optimism makes sense.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Preller and Eppler

Here's my UTSanDiego.com story on Padres GM candidates A.J. Preller and Billy Eppler.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

29 years ago

Last time Minnesota hosted the All-Star Game, the Padres were loaded--and their uniforms looked great.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

More on GM search

The Padres have interviewed several candidates for their GM job. Earlier this week at UTSanDiego.com, I wrote about a few up-and-comers the club should get to know, such as Jaron Madison.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

GM search

Here's a  UTSanDiego story with several of my thoughts relating to the GM search.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June newsstand

Here's a batch of Padres links -- U-T video tributes to Tony Gwynn, Mike Dee's GM search as it relates to mentor Larry Lucchino's successes, revisiting what I consider to be the best moment in Padres history and an ode to Gwynn's sense of humor. In light of the team's payroll inefficiencies, here's a story from last year about the bigger spending problem. The day Josh Byrnes was fired, I spun off a list of five potential GM candidates.

It'll be an emotional evening tonight at Petco Park. It was an absolute privilege to get to know Tony Gwynn. All the wonderful things you've heard about him really were true. He gave us all so much joy. My deepest condolences go to his family. We are sorry for your loss.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Five years ago...

Five years ago this month, an MLB scout I quoted said the Padres were headed toward five years of blah. The comment incensed Padres fans, who mocked the forecast in 2010 as the team won 90 games. But the scout pretty much nailed it. Now, he takes another look at the beleaguered team.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scouts talk Padres draft

For my story at utsandiego.com, scouts not affiliated with the Padres commented on the team's recent top draftees, Trea Turner and Michael Gettys.

Elsewhere, Gunslinger Towers' decision to demote Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill although he's owed about $17 million brought to mind the 2012 Pink Pony Scouts Chat, in which scouts yellow-flagged Cahill in his first spring training with Arizona. It's not surprising Towers is finding it more difficult to prop up pitchers in Arizona's ballpark than at the GM's former home yard.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bochy

As part of the U-T's 52-week series featuring San Diego's most influential sports figures, I wrote about Bruce Bochy, who has become one of San Francisco's most influential sports figures too.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Newsstand

Here are a few stories from recent days: best wishes to Nick Hundley, who was in the Padres' organization for 10 years; encouraging Ron Fowler and the Padres to see the light on brown-trim uniforms; revisiting a managerial firing-hiring that backfired on Josh Byrnes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Petco era, decade one

The first decade of the Petco era is in the books. I wrote a lengthy review for UTSanDiego.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A blah start

My prediction for the Padres this year (and every year since 2009) was 79 victories. A week from now, the Padres could be on a winning streak and over .500. Even still, their 13-16 record entering May is a little disappointing, considering how the schedule set up and ownership's increased spending. In a mood to be pithy, I Tweeted out a few observations

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.