My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) explores the success of young hitters in Arizona and lack of same in Los Angeles. It also touches on the resurgence of old guys in Colorado, namely Jason Giambi and former Padres draft pick Todd Helton. Ah, Helton. I sometimes wonder what might have been had Tom Werner spent [...]
When the Padres recalled Anthony Bass on Monday (he won his debut — congrats on that) to replace the injured Aaron Harang, they had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bass. To do so, they severed ties with another pitcher named Aaron.
I missed most of Saturday’s win against the Rockies. Caught the first few innings while driving to Elsinore, then heard Heath Bell’s high-wire act in the 14th. Watched a little of the rebroadcast on Channel 4 when I got home. It will shock you to learn that I have some thoughts on the game anyway: [...]
I have the strangest dreams… Maybe the Padres will do okay this year. In your heart of hearts, you don’t believe it, but you’ll commit to it over olives on a fork and flutes of champagne. You’ll sneak it into conversation, right between “My kid is smart, he’s just not motivated” and “I watch Giada [...]
Do you remember where you were when the Ben Davis Era (TM) ended? Neither do I. Let’s face it, that’s not the sort of thing one remembers in a life full of Things That Matter (TM). (What’s up with all the TM’s, anyway? Or as I like to say, WUWATTA? (TM)) Quick refresher: The Padres [...]
Triple-A — Portland 5, Sacramento 0 Peter Ciofrone (RF): 2-for-5 Chase Headley: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, HBP Brian Myrow: 1-for-5 Chip Ambres (CF): 1-for-4, HR Nick Hundley: 1-for-4, HR Craig Stansberry (SS): 0-for-4 Matt Antonelli: 0-for-3, BB Clay Hensley: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO Wade LeBlanc: 5 IP, 1 [...]
Dan Hayes at the North County Times reports that Chase Headley, Matt Antonelli, Scott Hairston, and Chad Huffman will be working out at Petco Park this week to improve (or learn) their outfield skills. The switch-hitting Headley, a third baseman by trade, is blocked by Kevin Kouzmanoff and may get a look in left field [...]