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Weekend Winter Wrapup (15 Oct 07)

I am gradually tracking down all the Padres’ winter-league assignments. Bear with me… Friday, October 12 Arizona Fall League Javelinas 8, Saguaros 3 (box score). Matt Antonelli, batting eighth for the Saguaros, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s 0-for-9 with a walk so far. Reader JP compares Antonelli to former big-leaguer Steve Sax, and it’s [...]

Preseason Projections for 2007 Revisited

Thank you for your excellent suggestions on the book, and keep ‘em coming. Meanwhile, as part of this project, I’m taking inventory of an entire season’s worth of entries, which means that I’m still in “looking back” mode for now. In that vein, I thought it might be fun to re-examine preseason projections for key [...]

Ducksnorts 2008 Baseball Annual Preliminary Outline

So this has been in the works for a while. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Also, if you’re interested in reviewing chapters, drop me a line and I’ll get you added to our super secret list. 2007 in Review — Brief examination of past season at big-league level: Roster construction (distribution of [...]

Winter Leagues Begin

Yeah, the Hawaii Winter League has been going for a while, but the Padres don’t have any entrants there, so what do we care. The Arizona Fall League and Mexican Winter League both begin Tuesday. I think I’ve tracked down all the Padres playing there, but let me know if I’ve missed anyone… Arizona Fall [...]

Review the Preview: Pitchers

We’re looking back at my preseason predictions for the Padres. Last week we examined the hitters; today we turn our attention to the moundsmen… Rotation Jake Peavy, RHP What I said: “If he’s going to maintain his place among the elite pitchers in baseball, Peavy really needs to become more efficient.” What happened: From a [...]

Friday Links (5 Oct 07)

Busy, busy, busy… Scouting Jake Peavy (Baseball Analysts, via Jim Parish in the comments). Joe P. Sheehan dissects the repertoire of Jake Peavy. Brian Giles has surgery on knee (San Diego Union-Tribune, via Tom Waits in the comments). Brian Giles, who has been having trouble with his right knee since April, is expected to be [...]

Review the Preview: Hitters

Back in April, I wrote my annual “Looking Forward to…” piece on the Padres over at Baseball Think Factory. In the interest of holding myself accountable, and maybe learning something in the process, I thought we should do a quick review. We’ll cover the position players today and the pitchers on Monday. Marcus Giles, 2B [...]

Thank You, and Winter Plans

So, now what? Before we get to that, I’d like to thank everyone for visiting, participating, and otherwise being a part of Ducksnorts again throughout the 2007 season. We laughed, we cried, we debated the great issues of our time. Or something like that. There are far too many folks to thank individually, so I’ll [...]

Reality: You’re Soaking in It

Where do I even begin? That this isn’t the way I’d wanted to see the season end seems so beyond doubt that it hardly bears mentioning, and yet I just mentioned it. Even though a thing is obvious, it still needs a voice. I hate writing this. I hate thinking this. Honestly? I hate everything [...]

1969: Padres Finish As They Started, with a Win

October 2, 1969, San Francisco: Padres 3, Giants 2 (box score) Prior to the Padres’ inaugural season, manager Preston Gomez and his coaching staff had hoped their club could win 60 games. Although they fell short of that mark, they fared much better than the last National League expansion team, the historically inept 1962 New [...]