Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Fishwrap Recap

San Diego Union Tribune:

According to Tom Krasovic , XNady may be getting the opening day nod in center field while Dave Roberts continues to rest his groin pull. Robert's underwent a precautionary MRI yesterday. "It's fine", Robert's said afterwards regarding the first groin injury of his career.

If newcomer Tim Redding steps up and captures the #5 spot, Darrell May will fall into the long-relief role.

Knuckleballer Steve Sparks will likely be traded if he doesn't make the 25-man roster cut.

Loretta, Greene, Giles, Nevin and Hernandez will all see action in tomorrow night's game against SDSU at Petco.
North County Times:

Brian Hiro reports on the Tim Redding acquisition.

"Redding is somebody we've always liked," Towers said. "He has
above-average stuff ---- above-average fastball, above-average life,
above-average breaking ball. He struggled a little bit last year with his
command. We think a change of scenery might be good for him."

Monday, March 28, 2005

Trade News - Quintero to Houston for pitcher Tim Redding

I really have no comments regarding this move...just posting a link in case anyone visiting here has yet to be informed.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Bonds' absense generating Padres hype in the west

Seems to me there's been an increase in Padres chatter in regards to winning the west since the infamous "press conference" last week where Barry Bonds clarified (or threatened) his intentions to sit out the entire season. I happen to think the Padres are going to win it with or without Bonds in the Giants lineup however, I do like our percentages just a tad better sans Barry.

John Shea's article in todays San Fransisco Chronicle is the latest in the recent insurgance of padres related talk in the west.

Here's some of the Padres notes from the article including alot of quotes from Kevin Towers:

"From a psychological standpoint, it helps to go to San Francisco and not see Barry Bonds in the lineup," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "I always liked facing the Giants in weekend series because they usually have him take Sundays off. When he's in there, it always seems like he's either on deck, in the hole or on the bases.

"Even with Bonds in their lineup, I thought we'd compete. I thought it was a very competitive division anyway. With Bonds out for some time, I think it's even more so."

For the record, Towers said the Giants still ought to be favorites and complimented his San Francisco counterparts, Brian Sabean and Ned Colletti, for "always finding a way to stay competitive." But the Giants could usually count on Bonds to pull the team through trying times.

The Padres, after improving last year by 23 wins, seem poised to make a run at their first division title since 1998. They had the NL West's best road record (45-36) but must solve new-fangled Petco Park, where they were a disappointing 42-39 and kept complaining about the unfriendly dimensions.

If Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin shut their traps and realize a pitching park is beneficial -- Jake Peavy won the league's ERA crown, after all -- then the Padres will be going places. The lineup potentially is solid, with Dave Roberts and Mark Loretta batting 1-2, Klesko, Nevin and Brian Giles providing punch and Sean Burroughs, Ramon Hernandez and Khalil Greene rounding it out.

This is basically the same team that won 87 games, except that Woody Williams (45-22 in three-plus years in St. Louis) replaced David Wells in a rotation that includes the Kinda Big Three of Peavy, Brian Lawrence and Adam Eaton. Closer Trevor Hoffman regained his health to move up to No. 3 on the all-time saves list and is preceded by capable setup men Aki Otsuka and Scott Linebrink.

"I think we underachieved some," said Towers, despite the huge improvement from 2003. "Before last year, we had very few guys with experience in playoff races, and now we know what it's like. We've improved our bullpen and bench, and I think we'll be more comfortable at Petco.

"In a nutshell, I'm not taking the Giants lightly. Sometimes (a loss of a key player) can rally the troops. Some people in the industry might think they have no chance now, but this gives other players an opportunity to step up and show what they're made of. They have the individuals and attitude to rise to the occasion with Bonds out."

On the other hand, Towers said, "I don't think Barry will be out long."

Is Petco a one season wonder?

Take a look at today's Michael Kinsmin UT article for some insight into the new ballpark phenomenon in baseball over the past decade. The trends regarding fan attendance are not in Petco's favor. Only 2 of 11 new parks since '95 have managed to eclipse their inaugural season's attendance mark. Last season was a record year for Padres attendance with over 3 million people breaking in those shiny new turnstyles.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

FoxSports.com are pickin' the Pads

The good ole' "fair and balanced" bunch at Fox are picking the Padres to take the west. I may not agree with many of their political slants over there but I'll take another preseason nod for the Pads from anyone that's willing to give it up...even the Mississippi Press.

A solid and deep rotation fronted by future Cy Young winner Jake Peavy, a strong bullpen, a solid lineup top to bottom, and a capable bench corps — it all adds up to a division title for the Padres.

This is not a great team by any means, but it's one with the wherewithal to take the flag. The Dave Roberts acquisition gives the team an efficient base-stealer with reasonable on-base skills and, more importantly, a high-quality glove in center to track down flies in the spacious Petco outfield. Phil Nevin and Brian Giles provide power, and Khalil Greene, Mark Loretta and Ramon Hernandez will give the club solid production from premium positions

Ryan Klesko needs to stem his decline, and Sean Burroughs needs to take that long-anticipated step forward. They'll also miss David Wells, but Woody Williams isn't a bad proxy. All in all, they have less upside than the Dodgers, but they also have fewer questions.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Woody's aces in Padres win

The Padres beat the A's tonight in a game that Woody Williams gave up only one earned run over six innings. A solid 76 pitch-count evening for Williams without facing more than four batters in any inning.

Nevin, Loreta, Giles and Roberts all drove in runs. The Padres will take on the D'Backs tomorrow at 12:05.

Mississippi likes the Padres

Hey, if JR. Wittner over at The Mississippi Press says the Padres are going to win the West, I'd say it's pretty much a done deal. Wouldn't you? I mean come on...this is the JR. Wittner we're talking about here at the Mississippi Press.

National League West -- San Diego Padres. I took the Padres last season to
win the division and feel there chance this year are even better. With young
starting pitchers like Jake Peavy and Adam Eaton, to go along with veteran
hitters Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles, the Padres should win the division

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Back in Action...Finally!

Ok...I've been cleansed. Now I am really back. Got hit with a crazy bug and have been out of commission in the blog world. Luckily it's only spring training.

First of all I'd like to throw out some props to the boys over at PadresFansSince76 for being the skanks that they are and joining "big business" with sportsblogs.com. Way to go guys...congrats! (Kidding on the skanks comment...had I checked my email sooner I'd be that skank...DAMN!) Check them out at their brand new home at gaslamp ball .

And Geoff's Ducksnorts blog has joined the Most Valuable Network's all-baseball.com team...all the same great stuff outa Geoff but with a brand new look . Very nice indeed!

Jeez...seems I've missed alot in Padres blog world these past couple weeks. Glad to be back on the stick.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Back from the Dead

Not that anyone's noticed I'm sure, but I've not updated a thing for a week...got hit by the cold/virus/infection/pink eye/strep bug...and have been out of commission.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tower's is no "crusader"

Nice article in today's UT by Tom Krasovic. Tower's is trying to put this steroid issue to rest and get on with the baseball season.

Towers - "The last thing I wanted to be portrayed as is some crusader who's out here trying to save the game," Towers said. "This really stemmed from personal feelings toward a particular player on our club, and a problem that I thought has existed in the game for some time."

Towers -
"What I am upset about is I didn't want to be a distraction to our ballclub, our organization or anybody else who had to deal with this," he said. "I probably made this a distraction to a lot of people other than myself. Because of what I've said, I've been a distraction for them. For that, I'm not happy."

Towers -
"When I spoke (last week), I never really thought about how I was going to be perceived, good or bad. That wasn't the intent. The intent wasn't selfish, of, 'Boy, I want to be the great guy.' Not at all. I speak from the heart, how I feel."

Towers -
"It was never really anything that Boch and I ever really discussed," Towers said yesterday. "That's very normal. I don't think there's anything that's crazy about that to where one guy may have been suspicious and another guy wasn't."

Towers -
"Boch is about as honest a guy as you're ever going to meet," he said. "That's what I've always loved about him. If he said he wasn't suspicious, he wasn't suspicious. If that makes me look bad or makes him look bad, so be it."

Towers -
"I trust him. We're not in the business here that 'I'm going to protect you, you protect me.' Bruce and I, we don't work that way. I speak my mind. He speaks his mind. At the end of the day, we're on the same truck and we're friends and we want to go out and win baseball games together."

Bochy -
"It just goes to show we have different views on different things."

Friday, March 04, 2005

Padres primed for season opener (MLB.com)

Well, after a couple charity game losses to the M's the Padres officially kick off their Cactus League spring training season this afternoon at 1:05. They'll be taking on the Anaheim Angels...or...um..make that the the Los Angelas Dodgers of the Angels of Anaheim..or is it the Angels of Los Angelas/Anaheim/Orange County/Santa Barbara and wherever else they can possibly market that team. Not that I've lost any sleep over it (no, my 10 month old is filling those shoes quite nicely these days) but I think I liked them best as simply the California Angels.

Jake Peavy's getting the start for the Pads.

I'll be tuning in from the office and barring any pesky work related interruptions I hope to post some updates.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Some News and Notes

Grady Fuson has joined the Padre's front office as Special Assistant to Kevin Towers. A few of Grady's notable drafts while in Oakland included Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Eric Chavez, Ben Grieve and Mark Bellhorn, among others. I'd like to see this guy do for us what he did with the A's cultivating a solid farm system loaded with big league talent. Welcome aboard Grady!

Is Ryan Klesko's right shoulder going to be this season's excuse for hitting 9 homeruns?

And, apparently Shawn Burroughs has some company over at third base. XNady didn't only play third while at Cal, he also played it yesterday in the exhibition game and reports claim he made a "diving, back-handed grab of Beltre's grounder and threw to first for the out." This could get intersting.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Report: Schuerholz confronted steroid suspects

(ABC/ESPN.com news) Frank comments on steroids by San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers earlier this week have opened baseball's front offices to more questions.

Dick Freeman and John Schuerholz comment on the steroid controversy:

On Tuesday, Padres president and CEO Dick Freeman said Towers' interview had "confused an already complex issue." Freeman, who was club president when Caminiti joined the tream via trade in 1994, defended Towers.

"Available evidence suggests that Caminiti's death resulted from a long-term pattern of substance abuse that Kevin and many others in the Padres organization and Major League Baseball did try to help him control, both during and after his playing career," Freeman said. "Ultimately and sadly, those efforts were to no avail.

Schuerholz also offered a defense for management.

"I want to make this clear: As general managers, we didn't turn our heads away from players who might be using steroids because it was a benefit to us," Schuerholz told the paper. "No, if we turned our heads, it was out of frustration because there was nothing we could do about it. Sadly, we didn't have the authority to test players or fix the problem."

- Click on the link to view the entire article

Burroughs happy to give up leadoff spot

(NCTimes) Burroughs on batting lead-off - "I got to the point where I basically hated it," Burroughs said recently. "It was a good experience, but I don't think I was suited for it."

- Click the title link to read the entire Brian Hiro artricle.

Towers is back on topic with club

Chastened GM skips golf, called on carpet.

- Here's the official "damage control" statement released by the Padres regarding KT's steroid remarks published in ESPN The Magazine:

"Kevin Towers' comments to ESPN The Magazine regarding personal suspicions and guilt feelings he may have had about the late Ken Caminiti's use of steroids in the mid-1990s and tragic death last year have unintentionally confused an already complex issue.
"Kevin's comments suggest that compassionate confrontation alone could somehow solve an insidious problem that needs to be aggressively and cooperatively combated by all of us in baseball – players and management together – on medical, ethical, and legal grounds.

"Kevin may have had suspicions that certain players during the period Caminiti played for the Padres were using steroids, but no one had evidence because testing of major league players was subject to collective bargaining and could not be imposed unilaterally by Major League Baseball."

- Click the title link to view the entire Krasovic article in today's UT.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Peavy cashes in on elders advice

Peavy - "We both knew we were too close to having a deal to let it go any longer," Peavy said. "Both sides left a little on the table, so both sides are a little unhappy, and that's the sign of a good deal."

- Click the title link to read Chris Jenkin's article in today's UT.

Lucchino Pleads Ignorance

He says he didn't suspect Caminiti was using steroids.

I suspect he's lying.

- Here's an excerpt from today's Boston Globe article:

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the wake of a published admission by San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers that he "felt like I knew" star player Ken Caminiti was using steroids while with the Padres, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, who was CEO of the team during Caminiti's stint there, said he was unaware that Caminiti was a steroid user.

"I did not," said Lucchino, speaking by telephone from his Boston office, when asked if he knew Caminiti was using steroids when he was with the Padres

Asked if Towers had come to him with concerns that Caminiti was using steroids, Lucchino said, "No, not that I can recall. You know, it's hard to separate now what you know after the fact from what you knew at the time. But I don't remember any discussions or warnings about it."

- To read on click the title link