Saturday, June 30, 2012

Peavy honors Akerfelds

On behalf of Jake Peavy, a public relations agent sent the following release to this blog this morning:

"Jake Peavy will start against the New York Yankees today with a heavy heart following the death last Sunday of his longtime friend and mentor, San Diego Padres bullpen coach, Darrel 'AK' Akerfelds, who lost his 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Peavy has announced he will contribute $100 for every strikeout thrown in every Major League Baseball game today, Saturday, June 30, 2012, which will go toward pancreatic cancer research in honor of AK."

May every pitcher today, therefore, channel his inner Nolan Ryan, and every hitter summon his inner Dave Kingman, and every plate umpire do his best Eric Gregg.

Friday, June 29, 2012


With the Padres on pace to lose 110 games, I asked a bottom-line question of Giants manager Bruce Bochy three weeks ago. Which Padres players, if any, should give Padres fans hope of better days ahead?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Easier this time?

Anthony Rizzo presented a confident image in his welcome-to-Chicago news conference.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Five weeks ago, I quoted a scout who said Cameron Maybin needed to fix his swing.

Monday, June 25, 2012


With Anthony Rizzo set to make his Cubs debut tomorrow, I talked to Cubs executive Jason McLeod about the former Padres prospect. McLeod drafted Rizzo for the Red Sox, played a role in bringing him to the Padres shortly after joining their front office and, not long after joining the Cubs, endorsed his acquisition last winter for pitcher Andrew Cashner.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Darrel Akerfelds

To the family of Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds:

Many, many people in San Diego and throughout major league baseball are sorry for your loss.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Talking about a former Padre, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he can't recall a player he coached getting this much hype. Who is this player? Hint: He plays first base, swings left-handed and appears in this story by the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Texas connection

About seven years ago, the Texas Rangers handed the Padres two gifts, each of them invaluable, over a period of six months: first, in 2005, a summer trade that freed San Diego of Phil Nevin, whom the Padres, limited by Nevin's bloated contract, reputation for churlishness and ability to veto a trade to several teams, had been trying to jettison for years; second, six months later, a stunningly lopsided swap of talent that put two emerging, low-cost stars, Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young, in Padres uniforms. Each move prompted celebrations among Padres executives, led by general manager Kevin Towers. The Padres, fortified as if with a magic wand, responded to each transaction by winning the National League West. The Padres had never won division titles in consecutive years. They haven't since. Had Towers diverted a case of champagne from each division-clinching celebration to Arlington, Texas, the baseball gods wouldn't have called foul.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fence debate, chapter 3,136

Should the Padres follow Sandy Alderson's lead and bring in the fences at Petco Park? Dan Hayes of the North County Times has an informative answer.

Monday, June 18, 2012


When the experts look at the Padres, what do they see? 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fence Talk, North

The Padres and Mariners share a spring training home, a so-called natural rivalry -- and a habit of pondering new ballpark dimensions. There's a lot of talk in Seattle about moving in the fences before next season, writes friend Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. The situation moved to Code Red after the Padres swept the Mariners last night. Here's Stone:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Padres sale

Several members of the mainstream media have reported that Thomas Tull, a movie mogul, either withdrew his bid for the Padres or was told his bid wasn't good enough. Earlier reports also had multi-billionaire Steve Cohen interested in buying the Padres. I queried an MLB source on both stories. Here's what he said: "Certainly it will not surprise me to see Tull's name surface again at some point. I don't think Cohen ever was interested."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monopoly money

Ken Rosenthal, everybody's favorite bow-tie-wearing baseball reporter, writes for that when John Moores sells the Padres, which could be soon, he'll get $600 million plus a big chunk of Fox Sports San Diego's money. The $600 million pricetag should be familiar to readers of This Blog. When Moores first tried to persuade Jeff Moorad to buy the team four years ago, he asked for $600 million, but Moorad talked him down by $70 million to $120 million. Here's that story. The sale of the Padres has taken many twists and turns. The one constant is this: Moores looks like the clearcut winner. This is the Padres we're talking about, right? For $600 million plus $200 million in TV money? If the checks don't bounce, the Texas tycoon's grin should stretch from El Paso to Corpus Christi, where Moores grew up.

Monday, June 11, 2012

No. 7

In January I was asked during an online chat who will represent the Padres in the All-Star Game.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Draft wrinkle

What were the Padres thinking, drafting a quarterback who has NFL potential, two years left as Toledo's starter and-- key point -- no baseball experience over the last five years?


Several mock drafts had the Padres selecting shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 7 pick. The Padres almost certainly would've chosen Correa had he fallen to them. He was second on their draft board. The Astros, however, took Correa with the first pick and signed him for $4.8 million. Richard Justice of passed along his recent story about the Astros and Correa. Here, following, is an excerpt:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Quentin, Thatcher

Bob Cluck, a Tampa Bay Rays scout, worked the recent Padres-Giants series. I don't know if Cluck was scouting the Padres, Giants or both for trade purposes, but Tampa Bay, like several other teams in playoff contention, could have a need for right-handed power and left-handed relief.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cashner to start

There's no doubting who the most excited Padres player is this morning. Hint: He's tall, throws 100 miles per hour and will start against the Brewers on Saturday in Milwaukee.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Heat wave

Padres infield prospect Jedd Gyorko is 20 for his last 45 with three home runs and nine RBI in that span for Triple-A Tucson.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Draft intrigue, II

UDPATE: Another MLB source says the Astros and Mark Appel's camp had no financial discussions, giving zero credence to today's earlier post.

$6 million man?

How much money will it take to sign Stanford pitcher Mark Appel?

That remains to be seen, but Appel's group turned down $6 million from the Astros, according to a major league source.

Several reputable mock drafters projected that Appel would be selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick on Monday. Instead, Appel fell to and past the Padres at No. 7 before the Pirates selected him eighth. Later, the right-handed power pitcher snubbed reporters who sought to ask him about the day's events. Appel is being advised by player agent Scott Boras. Instead of drafting Appel, the Astros selected Puerto Rico prep academy shortstop Carlos Correa, who was second on the Padres' draft board. The Padres drafted Southern California high school lefty Max Fried.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Draft intrigue

Did the Padres take us for another spin on Cheap Boulevard?

Riffing on Cahill

The 2006 draft offers a cautionary yet inspirational tale as the Padres again enter draft day with extra picks and high hopes.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mystery man

Who will throw the first no-hitter in Padres history? The Tweeps weighed in, making for a Snarky Saturday. Here, following, are the responses: