Friday Links (18 Jan 08)

Listening to Jeff Buckley, Live at Olympia (thanks, Didi!). That and a pot of coffee should keep me going for a while.

To the links (sit down, we’ve got a few)…

  • This is old, but it bears mentioning. Mike Cameron has signed with the Brewers (hat tip to Marsh in the comments). As I mentioned at Knuckle Curve, I think Cameron and his camp badly misread the market. I’ve heard some sentiment that the Padres should have signed him at the price (1 year, $7M) that Milwaukee ended up paying him, but I doubt that this option was available before the Jim Edmonds trade. Great pickup for Milwaukee. Best of luck to Cameron. Maybe next year, when he’s even older, he’ll get that long-term deal he wants.
  • Padres GM Kevin Towers answered questions at the other day (hat tip to Coronado Mike in the comments). Quoth Towers, in response to whether the Padres might be interested in Josh Fogg or Livan Hernandez:

    We are currently satisfied with the starting pitching depth that we have in-house with guys like Randy Wolf, [Mark] Prior, [Shawn] Estes, Glendon Rusch, Clay Hensley and Justin Germano.

    I’m a little uncomfortable with this arrangement, but Towers usually makes me look like an idiot when I question his pitching moves, so here’s hoping he’ll do it again.

  • Corey at discusses the Padres middle infielders (hat tip to Phantom in the comments).
  • Corey also talks about Chase Headley‘s workouts in the outfield this week (hat tip to Pads Fan in the comments). From the article:

    Headley made several nice running catches, moved well laterally and even made a sliding catch of a short pop just beyond the infield dirt. He also lost two balls in the sun, a forgivable offense for anyone without shades, regardless of experience.

    Instead of fuming over the missed balls, Headley hurried back to the line of outfielders who were also shagging balls and moved on. If there’s any pressure on the 2007 Texas League Player of the Year to impress the organization this week, Headley’s not showing it.

    Sounds encouraging. Doesn’t everything in January?

  • Headley isn’t the only one getting looks in the outfield. Bill Center at the U-T talks to Matt Antonelli about his potential move:

    It was good to get out there. The more I can play the outfield, the more balls I see, the better. We’ll just see how it goes.

    A photo accompanying the story has a caption that refers to Antonelli as the “erstwhile second base prospect.” This makes no sense to me. Just because the guy is getting some looks in the outfield doesn’t all of a sudden means he’s no longer a second baseman. No move has been made. Sloppy work on the caption.

  • Ex-Padre Johnny Podres died Sunday night at age 75 (hat tip to Kevin in the comments). Podres is most known for his work with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, but he spent his final season in San Diego as a member of the inaugural Padres squad in ’69. He went 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA that year while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. Podres finished with a career record of 148-116 and won three World Championships with the Dodgers. Podres’ best performance with the Padres came on May 25, 1969, when he went the distance at San Diego Stadium against the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader.
  • While talking about Enzo Hernandez earlier in the week, Lance pointed us to a writeup he did a while back at the now-dormant Friar Faithful. Speaking of which, Lance is looking for a partner to resurrect that fine blog. Let him or me know if you’re interested.
  • While we’re on the topic of former Padres, 88 Topps Cards has posted Andy Hawkins’ card from that year. Not the most flattering photo you’ll see.
  • East Windup Chronicle remembers Ducksnorts fave Akinori Otsuka’s run-in with former Mets manager Art Howe.
  • Frank Pace at Hall of Fame magazine pens an amusing, if bitter, article about Goose Gossage:

    I don’t know how many games Gossage has saved since he retired, but somehow in the years since, he has jumped over more deserving players such as Lee Smith, Bert Blyleven, Jim Katt, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, Tommy John and Jack Morris to whine his way into the Hall of Fame.

    Heh. I’ll give him Blyleven.

  • Tango and company are conducting an experiment of sorts. They’re asking folks to let them know who the top clutch hitter is on their team. Could be fun.
  • Sdpads1 continues his look at the Padres’ past four years. The latest installment covers payroll and attendance.
  • Xeifrank has run his simulations for 2008, and the Diamondbacks and Padres appear to be the teams to beat in the NL West.
  • Speaking of projections, reader Pat found a couple others: Replacement Level Yankee Weblog | Nick Piecoro. Both have the Padres at 82 wins. Nick has the Diamondbacks at 94 wins. Guess which team he covers. ;-)
  • Mrs. Emma Peel
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    Joe Posnanski has a long post (is that redundant? I kid, I kid) about hot TV wives/moms and RBI (hat tip to Pat in the comments). Not that they’re correlated, just that he talks about both of them at various points. Anyway, I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but it looks promising. Tony Gwynn’s 1997 season gets a nice mention. As for wives, nobody was more smokin’ than Mrs. Emma Peel. (Just ask Harry Potter.)

  • LynchMob points us to a collection of videos showing baseball stadiums being demolished. Sweet…

There, that should get you started. If you still need more, head on over to Happy Friday!

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  1. So who is the Padres best clutch hitter? If it’s defined as the guy you want up with the game on the line, I have to say it’s Adrian. Hmm, our best hitter is also our best clutch hitter. Funny how that works… Obviously Hairston was big in the clutch last year, and I also like to see Khalil up there with the game on the line.

  2. Re: 1…why would you want KG up there? Is OBP and/or K rate is enough to want me to see just about anyone else up there…AGon, Giles, Kouz…

    New year though and I am trying to appreciate KG more…mainly b/c my pads are going to resign him and I have to figure out a way to root for the guy.

  3. 1. I saw the “erstwhile” caption too. It’s a weird combination of sloppy fact-checking but relatively deep thinking about vocabulary.

    2. On pitching…we all tend to remember the successes, but let’s not forget Darrell May, Tim Redding, 2007 David Wells, and others. I bet Towers has a very good track record, but 2/5 of our 2008 rotation was either badly hurt or sucksered last year. That includes ALL of the 4th and 5th starter candidates.

    3. Oh, Mrs. Peel. And the Avenger she replaced, Honor Blackman, was Galore-ious as well.

  4. #1: Wait, are you suggesting there might be a relationship between good hitting and good clutch hitting? Say it isn’t so.

    #3 (2): Good point, although May was acquired in a swap of bad contracts (Terrence Long) and Redding wasn’t a bad gamble. Wells… uh, I got nothing.

    (3) Thank you for giving the underappreciated Cathy Gale her due. 8)

  5. 4: There were reasons for both the May and Redding acquisitions, but I think we should temper expectations on pitchers. Not that it’s coming from you, but I’ve read some variation of “Towers is a witch when it comes to pitching” so many times, it’s helpful to remember that he’s not magic.

    Bond girls: It’s almost universally great until you run into Denise Richards as Christmas Jones, and it all turns to ashes in your mouth.