Since MLB created new rules a few years ago to protect catchers and limit unnecessary hard contact in plays at the plate, we’ve seen fewer and fewer collisions. But we got one tonight, courtesy of Anthony Rizzo and Austin Hedges, and San Diego is steamed about the way it played out.
The San Diego Padres had the third pick in this evening’s MLB Draft. They chose MacKenzie Gore, who is a pitcher from North Carolina born in 1999. Gore’s first and last names are both cool, but that’s not why we’re here in this blog post. No, the important thing to note here is his foot. Look at that dang foot.
A drone—or, if you wish, a fancy RC helicopter with a camera—flew into the San Diego Padres’ park on Sunday afternoon. It got the attention of the announcers. It also got the attention of the fans.
The cycle is probably the sports accomplishment with the highest ratio of how excited I get about it to how much it actually matters. It’s a fluke thing, and not really indicative of anything about a player who hits for it (some power and some speed, I guess, but Bengie Molina did it, and you should really go watch…
San Diego Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt made his first pitching appearance of the season today, when he came on in relief with his team trailing the Dodgers 7-1 in the fourth inning. Things went poorly.
It’s opening day! That glorious day, gravid with promise, when every team is in first place and fans around the country can believe, if just for a little while, that their team has what it takes to go all the way. Except for Padres fans. All hope is lost. I’m sorry.
Ten months after Christian Bethancourt notched two outs in a blowout for his first big-league pitching appearance, the San Diego Padres catcher is officially getting his chance to make it as a two-way player. After spending his offseason focusing on his pitching, he was included on the roster announced today with the…
The above is a snapshot from today’s spring training matchup between the Rockies and the Padres. What, pray tell, is going on here? A terrible game of hide and seek? A few guys choosing a weird time to practice their “stop, drop and roll” skills? Nope. Just a good old-fashioned swarm of bees:
MLB and the MLBPA announced a set of new rules today, most of which had been credibly reported on last week.
This seems bad? The Padres say it’s not that bad, but it feels bad. I feel like ballparks shouldn’t flood entirely because...it rained a lot?
Jered Weaver has been a punchline more so than an effective pitcher for a while now, going back to about the time his fastball velocity started jumping off a cliff:
Fresh off a sub-.500 season, the Colorado Rockies are reportedly replacing Walt Weiss, who managed the team to no higher than a third-place finish in four years, with Bud Black. Although the hiring has yet to be confirmed, several outlets are reporting based on sources close to the issue. This is fine, I guess.
Dick Enberg hummed his way through his most famous call.
Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe absolutely hammered a two-run homer in Wednesday’s home game against the Dodgers. Send that baseball’s family a wreath.
MLB announced that Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been suspended without pay for 30 days following the league’s investigation into his team’s shady handling of player medical data. What’s remarkable about this isn’t that a GM has been suspended for concealing medical information about his players from trade…
There are a lot of big dumb assholes involved in major league baseball. This guy, for example. For whatever reason, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler, an old man nobody had ever heard of until a few months ago, has decided that 2016 is the year in which he attempts to become the biggest, dumbest asshole of them all.
The San Diego Padres lost to the Blue Jays last night in a game where Alex Dickerson hit the everliving shit out of a baseball, then lost tonight in incredibly cruel fashion. The game went to extra innings (after Russell Martin bat flipped away getting hit by a pitch), and Matt Kemp smacked a two-run dinger in the top…
Get a load of this towering dinger that Alex Dickerson sent to the fifth deck up in Toronto tonight. Dickerson’s historic blast (more on this after the dong) went so high that the Fox Sports cameras lost it in the sky.
What’s the most embarrassing way to lose a baseball game? An extra-innings walk-off balk has certainly got to be up there, and that’s precisely how the Giants lost to the Padres last night, when Santiago Casilla stumbled about the mound trying to throw a pitch.