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9 Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present by Craig Goldstein
7 Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Diego Padres by Meg Rowley
1 Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun by Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque
0 Short Relief: Naming Names, Punctuating Homers, and Scouting Scouts by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Meg Rowley
1 Transaction Analysis: Slow Motion in San Diego by Bryan Grosnick
19 Liner Notes: The Padres and an Opening Gambit by Bryan Grosnick
17 Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation by Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre
2 Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup by Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel
5 Transaction Analysis: Extension Party by Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood
9 Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars by Matthew Trueblood
0 Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
17 Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell? by Dustin Palmateer
5 Retro Transaction Analysis: Latos, Later by Bryan Grosnick
6 In The Air Every Night by Daniel Rathman
1 Transaction Analysis: Take My Contract, Please by Bryan Grosnick and Ben Carsley
0 Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins by Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro
0 What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness by Nicolas Stellini
0 Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton by Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell
10 Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz by Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford
1 Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary by Doug Thorburn
1 Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami by Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 BP South Side by James Fegan
1 What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak by Demetrius Bell
5 Cold Takes: The Stolen Bases Stolen From Us by Patrick Dubuque
2 Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success? by Rob Mains
0 Transaction Analysis: Small Trade James by James Fegan, Jeff Quinton, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick
1 What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is by Nicolas Stellini
9 Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge by Trevor Strunk
1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
2 Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again by Bryan Grosnick
4 Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
1 What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose by Emma Baccellieri
2 Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special by Rob Mains
17 Pebble Hunting: So I Guess This Is Vince Velasquez Now by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story by Ashley Varela
2 Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans by Bryan Grosnick
4 Winter Is Leaving by Dustin Palmateer
1 Rubbing Mud: Three Evolving Hitters by Matthew Trueblood
4 Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution by Matthew Trueblood
6 Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency by Daniel Rathman
3 Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: The Ex-Prospects Challenge Trade by R.J. Anderson
14 Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
2 Outta Left Field: Preller's Problems by Dustin Palmateer
6 West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV by Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
1 The Call-Up: Austin Hedges by Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen
4 Tools of Ignorance: The San Diego Hedgehogs? by Jeff Quinton
28 Rubbing Mud: Carlos Quentin's DFA is This Godforsaken Era in a Nutshell by Matthew Trueblood
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April 6, 2017 6:00 am
Is the middle season in a three-year span a baseball sandwich or a baseball hotdog?
For several years now, I have attended a screening of the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts. This year, the offerings were quite good on the whole―headlined by Pixar’s award-winning
Piper―but there was one particularly disappointing nominee, Blind Vaysha. The premise is this: the main character is a girl who sees the past out one eye and the future out the other, but is blind to the present. The film is not subtle, and the ending narration smacks you over the head with the theme while drawing all the conclusions for you.
What will we remember about a team built specifically not to be remembered? There are two sides to every two-way player.
In one of the more pressing baseball debates of today, Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque present a point-counterpoint on and fun. Christian Bethancourt
I hold what I imagine to be a minority opinion: I suspect that Christian Bethancourt
being a so-so two-way player will be less fun than him being a mediocre position player who occasionally pitches. Not that it won’t be cool that he’s trying; just less fun.
Position players pitching is perfect. It’s the rare baseball moment when every possible outcome is good. We’ve removed stakes, and absent the potential to alter how the game ends, it can only change how the game feels. It’s like staring at one of those Magic Eye 3D posters: amid what was chaos, an image of healing comes into focus, sketched out in pitcher form.
Imagine our guy fails; that’s easy, we assumed he would. We’re granted permission to enjoy his failure, to find notes of humor and self-awareness because what he’s really doing is performing a service. This is an act of care disguised as embarrassment. There is no winning in these moments, which also means there is no losing. The losing has already been done. Position players pitched 22.1 innings in 2016; they allowed 14 earned runs. Some of those were probably the result of indifferent defense, but I couldn’t be bothered to investigate which ones. Who cares?
Two different teams threw
out there. We’re working with different standards of success. We look on these performances and revel in the fact that they contain all the components of throwing a baseball. Our guy got the ball to the catcher’s mitt (when he doesn’t it’s funnier), and got his outs (exect when they don’t and smile knowingly), and if he gave up a few runs along the way (he often will), well, that’s part of pitching, too. Only his job isn’t to pitch, so we don’t have to be mad about it. Erik Kratz Read the full article...
A pre-emptive strike against the renaming of things, thoughts on semicolon baseball, and a scouting report on people scouting.
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March 9, 2017 6:00 am
Jered Weaver and Clayton Richard join the Padres' rotation mix, which is living in the 80s.
Signed RHP to a one-year, $3 million contract. [2/19] Jered Weaver The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. San Diego could use a bold strategy to get off to a good start in 2017.
There are dozens of medium-impact moves that litter the months between the playoffs and spring training, and most of them don’t give us the opportunity to see something new. For example, without much fanfare the Padres signed right-hander
away from the defending champion Cubs for a relative pittance: only one year and less than $2 million. Trevor Cahill
A former top starter who washed out and then rediscovered his talent in the bullpen, Cahill may fill either of two roles for San Diego. He could bolster the team’s bullpen by pitching well in relief, as he did in Chicago, or he could roll the dice in the rotation, hoping to recapture his glory years. But what if I told you there was an innovative way that he could sort of do both?
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The stories behind the Padres' starters of 2017.
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January 24, 2017 6:00 am
Veteran relievers Neftali Feliz, Santiago Casilla, Trevor Cahill, and Dustin McGowan find 2017 homes.
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January 19, 2017 6:00 am
You get an extension. And you get an extension. And you get an extension.
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. How the Padres are reliving MLB's bad old days.
Last month, the Padres made headlines with their Rule 5 draft maneuvers. They landed three players who will have to stick on their 25-man roster in order to be kept and none of the three have played above the lowest level of full-season ball
is an ambitious choice, a starting prospect who will probably spend the season in long relief in San Diego, but players like him have been chosen before. The Cubs tried this with Miguel Diaz several years ago and the Brewers did it with Lendy Castillo . Wei-Chung Wang only spent half the season in the South Atlantic League last year, but there have been other catchers whom teams plucked out of deep obscurity and stashed on the bench (like Luis Torrens of the White Sox and Adrian Nieto of the Diamondbacks). Oscar Hernandez , however, is a shortstop prospect from the Cardinals system and a player whose highest level of stateside professional competition to date was the Appalachian League. Allen Cordoba Read the full article...
December 27, 2016 6:00 am
Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect. Not unlike a pitcher tipping his pitches, Wil Myers has tipped his approach at the plate.
The ultimate equalizer in the batter vs. pitcher matchup—the one thing that can turn the
hardest thing to do in sports into roughly the 37th-hardest thing to do in sports (right behind catching a Brett Favre spiral)—is a pitcher who’s tipping his pitches. Suddenly a deep and nasty repertoire starts to break down--a 95 mph fastball moves in slow motion when a hitter knows it's coming and a hard-biting slider out of the same arm slot is magically easy to spit on.
Many otherwise perfectly capable pitchers have been undone by hitters picking up on their small idiosyncrasies, and although usually ironed out in time, it can take the offender a while to even realize what he’s doing wrong. What about the reverse, though? What about a hitter tipping his ... well, tipping his thought process? Is it possible that a hitter can make some type of repeatable yet barely noticeable movement to cue in the opposition as to what
he’s thinking? Read the full article...