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Bigger is Better: Inside Padres' New Clubhouse

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    As the sun came up in Peoria, Ariz., Padres players began filing in to their refurbished spring training complex.

    An upgraded locker room with all the bells and whistles awaited pitchers and catchers before their first workout. Veteran pitcher Tim Stauffer gave it a thumbs up.

    "After being in a little older complex for a while you really appreciate getting something new," Stauffer said.

    The clubhouse is expansive and has to be as spring training rosters swell to more than double the size of a regular season ones.

    "Bigger is the best part about it," quipped pitcher Joe Wieland. "With having this many guys, it's nice to have a little extra space, and this for sure has extra space." 

    Even manager Bud Black was impressed with the new digs.

    "It's a beautiful complex, state of the art, safe to say it's one of the best in baseball," Black said. 

    The Padres position players who haven't already reported will get to see it for themselves on Tuesday, their first official day at camp.