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A weblog covering the San Diego Padres.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Fin.

Thank you for stopping by PetcoPadres. I will no longer be blogging here---kind of obvious by now. 'Twas fun while it lasted.

Thank you to all my friends, readers and helpers while PetcoPadres was active.

A friendly tip of the hat to the guys at DuckSnorts and DodgerThoughts.

Go Padres.

I'm out.
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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Heads Up

Just a few quick notes.

*DuckSnorts has moved. I have updated Geoff's link in our links section, as he has moved to the allbaseball network of bloggers. Congrats, Geoff.

*DodgerThoughts has moved. Messr. Weisman has joined the upstart BaseballToaster community, leaving AllBaseball. Interesting to have two NL West relocations like that, but it works well for both gentlemen, among the best baseball bloggers out there.

*Also, you can continue to read some of the work of our friend CJ, last year's writer here for much of the season, at his Padres/Chargers blog, also linked to the right.

That is all, enjoy.
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Saturday, February 12, 2005

2005 Season

Hello, readers. As you can see it's been a long time posting. This blog will (for now) continue to exist, but in a more limited fashion.

In the meantime, please feel free to stop by once in a while, but don't do it with too much urgency. We thank those who have stopped by over the last year and continue to stop by, that does in fact mean a lot to us.

For day-to-day blog reading about baseball, I strongly recommend many of our links on the right, specifically the Padres' voice of reason, Geoff over at the amazing Ducknorts.

And a special nod/hat tip to Jon Weisman at DodgerThoughts, one of the baseball blog pioneers and clearly still one of its best. Jon also happens to be an incredibly kind and sincere individual who helped me along the way with a project of mine. I am in his debt.

We are looking forward to a (hopefully) more successful 2005 Padres season. The roster looks deeper, and there is now some flexibility to tinker with names such as Klesko and Nevin, and a franchise player in Khalil Greene, who also occupies the Padres' former giant black hole at short. And then there's Jake Peavey. What a nice group to build around. Should be interesting, especially with a year at Petco under their belts and knowing how the park plays (ahem, athletic outfield necessary, doubles hitters, and pitchers who like to keep the ball on the ground).

Enjoy the season, we'll still be around, but nowhere near as much.

Thank you again!
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Monday, November 08, 2004

Pun Was Right

My friend Pun, a big Dodgers fan, told me a while back the Dodgers were going to the playoffs. I was skeptical.

I was wrong, he was right. He called me tonight to make sure I said something about that, so here it is.

As an aside, there's a comparison in today's (Sunday) Union-Tribune between Khalil Greene and Jason Bay, the two ROY candidates.

Bay's stats are better, but we all saw what Greene did this year in the field and at the plate in a horribly oppresive ball park.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

2004 Complete...

The 2004 San Diego Padres season is complete. I think that it would be extremely safe to say that 2004 was a successful season for the Padres. A twenty three game improvement over the 2003 campaign. This season saw the development of some young Padres, Khalil Greene and Jake Peavy. Khalil should be parading around his Rookie of the Year trophy relatively soon, while Jake can enjoy his E.R.A. title, and at this time next year, I think he will be holding his first Cy Young award.

2004 also saw and saw and saw repeatedly over the course of the entire year the weakened state of our outfield. Defensively in particular, adjustments to the new park need to be made. That crew that patrols the outfield was rather mediocre at the dish all year, a trend that I don't expect to continue. No one predicted the down power numbers and the off year that some of those guys had. I would expect to see a change out in center once again.

The pitching staff showed promise at times and showed the same weaknesses at times as well. Jake looks really solid, but Lawrence and Eaton still have some way to go to get to where I think they want to be. I would love it if Wellsy stuck around for another year and helped those guys with their games, however I think he is on his way back to the demons that parted with him last year. And so we look for a number five as well.

Overall on a one to ten scale I would say I put the 2004 at about a 7.5. I expected much less from this team. They were entertaining, played hard and made a pretty solid run at the post season. Whether or not they would have had an impact on the playoffs is questionable, but there were significant improvements since last year and it can only develop and come together even better. Combined with a low payroll, drawing over three million fans this year and selling all kinds of new Padre colors, there should be some money to get some solid additions to this club.

I have yet to decide whether or not I am going to post for the playoffs seeing as how we are brutal outsiders. I might do a little anti-Yankee posting, given that I hate them so. I want to thank Brian again for letting me rant my garbage over here and I would really enjoy the opportunity again next year, at least a part time gig.

For those of you who follow the other best team in San Diego, there is a group effort that has been slow going as of yet, but expect it to develop quickly now that the baseballing is over.
  • Super Chargers
  • It will be very similar to what you see over here, but with a few more opinions and some more developed posts due to time between games.

    That's it from here for now, perhaps there will be some posts if the Red Sox and Yanks have some more memorable ones. Check out the Chargers site, and hopefully I will be back next year. Lastly, thanks to the Padres for making baseball fun here again.

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    Thursday, September 30, 2004

    My Knee Hurts...

    Tuesday night's game just sucked so we are not going to talk about it except to say it sucked and like many teams in San Diego, we had a chance to win that game and just kept letting it get further and further away. No playoffs for you. None playoffs.

    Now on to Wednesday night's game. There were many interesting pieces to this one and this was a game that will stick out to me the entire offseason for a few reasons. Let's begin.

    David Wells was awesome. His control and his ability to change speeds defined the performance last night. You can tell a guy is hitting his spots when he is out there starting a toothpick manufacturing plant from sixty plus feet away. The Giants managed two early runs on splinter shots and those are the kinds of things that you can just do nothing about. Before I could realize it Wells was into the eight inning in a tie game. Great ball chucking Mr. Wells.

    Ramon Hernandez was awesome. He was mashing the potato all night long. Single, double, and with the home squad down two, he took an outside change-up out to center for a visit to the other side of the wall. Tie ball game and a long 360 foot run around the park's infield ending where he started. Made me yell at the t.v. and make nice with the neighbors afterward.

    Trevor Hoffman. Man is this guy something. One day he is out there and it looks like his arm might detatch itself completely from the rest of his body and land three rows further up in the stands than Dravecky's did as he squeezes middle eighties out of his fastball. Then there are nights like last night when he looks like the '96 to '98 version of Trevor. The Trevor that came in to that song and had the opponents and their fans peeing in their trousers cause they knew that unless God himself intervened with a hurricane or lightning strike the game was done like the Expos in Montreal, or like Grady Little, or like Drew Brees, or like kids at Neverland Ranch, well you get the point. Just in case we thought the ninth was a fluke, he did it better in the tenth. Thanks Mr. Hoffmann.

    Now, the tenth was it's own monster. I am hearing all kinds of garbage about the tenth inning of last night's game. Basically after two errors and a walk the Fathers are bases loaded with their All-Star at the mark. Lazy fly foul ball to right, where Dustin Mohr braves the bullpen mounds, catches the potato and falls down, ruining his night and his patella tendon giving the Good Guys the win. All is well in Padreland, and there is a very injured Giant on the play. I have heard people suggesting that Mohr was faking the injury to cover up a bungled play on his part. You see there are people that belive he should have let that ball drop and give our All-Star another opportunity with the roided out sacks. In my humblest of opinions, this is the biggest pile of horse excrement that I have ever heard and anyone who thinks this way should take a monster flying leap into said dung pile. Mr. Mohr had to make a difficult play. He had to negotiate the practice piles of dirt. He had to record an out and make a strong throw to either prevent the runner from scoring or send him to the bench unhappy. He managed to do one of those things. The Padres wound up scoring and the Giants lost the game. Some are suggesting that he should have let the potato drop, and give the All-Star another shot with both the infield and outfield pressing in like little league. Here is the point: Never. Ever. Ever. Ever, give a team another out. Even if it means that you have to make a play that a hall of famer couldn't make, you never give a team another out. That's like saying errors don't really cost you anything in foul territory cause it's still a strike. Errors are extra outs. I am probably infuriating most of you but if I am a professional baseball player, which I am not, I am doing my best to record the out, and then deal with the next situation which is holding the runner or throwing him out. It was not a perfect situation to be in, but if that was Barry Bonds at the plate, would you catch the ball or let it drop and give him another chance? What would you do? Enough about that.

    Shame on everyone who thought Dustin Mohr was faking his injury. You all should feel horrible about yourselves. I hope you all trip over your feet today and fall down too.

    Last game at Petcoland for the 2004 year tonight. If anyone has extra tickets please let me know, they are harder to come by than Danny Almonte's birth certificate.
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    Sunday, September 26, 2004

    Getting it done...

    Well the job is getting done. Win out. That is and was the message and so far it is being accomplished. Three consecutive against the rattlesnakes. While the Bums and the Giants beat up on each other we sneak in under the radar. Three more significant ones early this week and the playoffs will be set. Whether or not we put ourselves into that race is all on us. To borrow from a horrible franchise with a horrible owner, just win baby. I can't believe that I just did that. I am so disappointed in myself.

    Story of the night, Jake Peavy. Cy Young 2005. A couple more innings and the E.R.A. title for 2004 is his. Otherwise known as our best pitcher and number one starter. Three days rest, 6+ innings a generous portion of strikeouts and a whole lot of rattlesnakes doing their impressions of major league hitters. Once again unhittable, this time on short rest. Safe to say that Jake was not quie 100% today and he still dominated. Hey Mr. Towers, read the last post specifically the part about contracts.

    Notes of encouragement, keep winning. This group of guys can pull this off. Keep winning. More later...
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