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April 10, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: It Only Seems Like the Suburbs

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Geoff Young

The Padres and Dodgers met for their opening series last week, bringing to mind their intertwined histories.

Every now and then, someone not from these parts makes the mistake of calling San Diego a suburb of Los Angeles. I'm not very familiar with the East Coast, but my guess based on relative proximity is that this would be like calling Philadelphia a suburb of New York. We are a gentle people, and so just as folks from Hawai'i bristle but remain silent when some guy with a comb-over nursing an umbrella-laden drink loudly proclaims his intent to “go back to the States,” we blink and smile while being offended in a manner that might cause a riot were that same guy to refer to a person from Philadelphia as a New Yorker.

That being said, when the Padres first joined the National League in 1969 they were, in many respects, an offshoot of the Dodgers to the north. Not quite “The Jeffersons” to “All in the Family,” more like “After M*A*S*H” to “M*A*S*H.”

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Saturday's Padres-Diamondbacks matchup personified both clubs' 2011 seasons.

If the 2011 National League West could be distilled into a single game, Saturday night's contest between the Padres and Diamondbacks in Phoenix would make for a strong candidate. Both teams battled for nine innings (and then some), and the contest ended on a walk-off walk followed by a protest that threatened to put both teams back on the field to finish the next day.

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July 26, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Padres are Riding The Wave

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John Perrotto

San Diego has used season-long momentum to lead the NL West along with other notes from around the major leagues.

Bud Black is a very astute baseball man. He was a deep thinker as a major-league pitcher then made his mark following his playing career working in the Indians' front office and as the Angels' pitching coach before being hired as the Padres' manager prior to the 2007 season.

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May 31, 2010 9:13 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

Reds rookie Mike Leake has made a seamless jump from college to the NL, along with other notes from around the majors.

The first thing Bronson Arroyo remembers about seeing Mike Leake for the first time is being amused. The second thing Arroyo remembers thinking is that Leake looked familiar.

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February 14, 2010 11:43 am

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

AL players to watch in spring training, Bud Black and Jed Hoyer talk about their fledgling relationship in San Diego, and other news from around the majors.

In every spring training camp, whether the team is coming off winning the World Series or losing 100 games, there is at least one interesting player to follow. He may be a highly regarded prospect only in camp to show the major-league staff what he can do before being reassigned to minor-league camp or a veteran non-roster invitee trying to squeeze one more season out of his career. He may be a player competing for a spot in the starting lineup or someone coming back from a serious injury. Regardless of the circumstance, every club has one. So with the start of spring training just days away, let's take a look at one player from each American League club who is worth keeping tabs between now and opening day (an event that is special but does deserve capitalization):

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June 28, 2008 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Diversity

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Dayn Perry

The issue of change in the game's racial makeup creates questions of what can or should be done.

Every so often, you'll run across a story lamenting the fact that the number of black ballplayers in Major League Baseball is on the decline. Indeed, it's a verifiable fact that the percentage of African-Americans playing the game at the highest level has decreased significantly over the years. According to Dr. Richard Lapchick, sociologist and author of the annual "Race and Gender Report Card," the percentage of black players in MLB has remained the same or declined in every year since 1994. Today, that percentage stands at 8.2 percent, the lowest figure in the 20 years that Lapchick has tracked the numbers, and one that marks a precipitous decline from the levels of 1975, when 27 percent of the player population was black.

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July 29, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: From the Mound to Managing

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John Perrotto

Padres skipper Bud Black is reminding people that former pitchers can manage just fine.

Jake Peavy has heard the theory advanced dozens of times: Pitchers don't make good managers because they only understand one part of the game. However, the Padres ace doesn't buy that logic. In fact, he gets a little perturbed when the subject is brought up.

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Kenny Williams loves it when a plan comes together, Bud Selig is immortalized as the Street and Smith's Executive of the Year, and the Giles brothers are back together.

"Baseball under Bud Selig's leadership has done in one calendar year what for most people would be a great career."
--Fox Sports president Ed Goren, on Bud Selig.

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November 10, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: This Week in Baseball Headlines

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Jim Baker

Jim takes us on a trip around the majors via some recent headlines.

Kouzmanoff and Brown to Pads for Josh Barfield

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