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2 Flu-Like Symptoms: The Coming Popup Plague by Rob Mains
18 Flu-Like Symptoms: The Boring Index by Rob Mains
2 Short Relief: Thoughts on Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, and Humanity by Matt Sussman, Craig Goldstein and Mary Craig
4 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Trea Turner by Aaron Gleeman
0 Cheese in the Kitchen: High to Low, and There It Goes by Wilson Karaman
3 The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero by Wilson Karaman and George Bissell
1 Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
4 Rubbing Mud: Ryan Schimpf and Ernesto Frieri Walk Into a Coal Mine by Matthew Trueblood
0 Circle Change: Wil Myers' Life in the Fast Lane by Zach Crizer
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
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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
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
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.
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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
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September 8, 2016 6:00 am
The wonderfully difficult-to-litigate Mat Latos trade, still wonderfully difficult to litigate five years later.
September 2, 2016 9:43 am
A look at the extreme batted-ball distribution driving the league's most intriguing 28-year-old rookie.
There’s a growing trend in hitting circles, from the pros on down to Twitter, encouraging batters to do what they can to avoid hitting the ball on the ground. If one of the pitcher’s goals is to kill worms, the theory goes, then all hitters—save, perhaps, for the very fastest—should seek PETA’s approval by not doing so every chance they can. Jeff Albert, the minor-league hitting coordinator for the Astros, is among those who share such insights in 140 characters or less:
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Matt Kemp is getting used to being a salary dump and this time the Padres didn't even keep the player he was traded for.