• MLB Feb 27

    Padres Cactus League Games to Look a Little Different

    On Sunday the Padres open Cactus League play against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Typically, the first few weeks of Spring Training games are used for pitchers to slowly stretch themselves out (lefty Adrian Morejon is the first pitcher out of the gate for the Padres). This year MLB is giving teams even more latitude to allow arms to…

  • Padres Feb 25

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Observations from Peoria

    Spring Training is going full speed. After a few days in Peoria Darnay shares some observations from his time at the Padres facility. He and Derek discuss the team’s outlook on their World Series potential. How is Ha-Seong Kim fitting in? Plus, a drill that brought the team back down to earth, and pitchers knocking off some rust. Oh,...

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Feb 23

    ‘This is Home': Padres Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Feels the Love for San Diego

    From the moment Major League Baseball star Fernando Tatis Jr. stepped on the field as a San Diego Padre two years ago, he knew he was in the right place at the right time. For him, San Diego is “home.”

  • Padres Feb 17

    Lamet and Kim, Talent and Depth: Padres Spring Training Storylines

    Arizona will have the attention of Padres fans starting Wednesday, when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Some, like reliever Dan Altavilla, have already checked into Peoria, in advance of what may be the most highly anticipated season in club history. The massive expectations are due to what they did last year – piecing together a winner; posting the…

  • Padres Feb 11

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Spring Training Preview with AJ Cassavell

    MLB.com Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell joins the guys to set the table for Spring Training. Who’s the first player he wants to watch once players take the field? What will the environment be like around a new group of starting pitchers – and how will that impact MacKenzie Gore and Chris Paddack? How’s a Trevor Rosenthal-less bullpen look?...

  • San Diego Sports Dec 31, 2020

    Counting Down the Stories That Shaped San Diego Sports in 2020

    Here is the top 10 stories that shaped San Diego sports in 2020.

  • Padres Nov 3, 2020

    Machado Named MVP Finalist, Three Padres Up for MLB Awards

    On the heels of a breakthrough 2020 season, three of the individuals who played a role in the Padres’ historic summer are earning recognition from those who cover the game. Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth and Jayce Tingler will be in the running when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announces its award winners next week. Machado’s late season surge secured…

  • Padres Oct 22, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – What We Learned in 2020 With Bob Scanlan

    Padres Field Reporter Bob Scanlan shares his takeaways on baseball and broadcasting from the 2020 season. He describes the adjustments they made on the TV side, and the challenges of covering a team and building relationships without face-to-face interaction. The former big leaguer explains why certain players struggled without fans, and how empty stadiums ushered in acceptance of bat flips…

  • Padres Oct 8, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Exhilaration, Agony and a Game That Barely Got Away

    In a season of comebacks, the Padres nearly pulled off their best one yet. Instead, they’re staring right at elimination. Derek and Darnay discuss the Game 2 thriller. There were clutch hits, emotional outbursts, pivotal homers, and lots of resilience. Unfortunately, there was also Bellinger’s glove. Was that their best chance? What did this teach us about the rivalry?...

  • Padres Oct 7, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – More Storms to Weather

    Mike Clevinger’s return barely lasted more than an inning. Once again the Padres had to rely on their bullpen, and it seemed to finally catch up to them in their NLDS opener. Derek and Darnay discuss the pitching quandary, where things went wrong Tuesday night, and what the Padres need to do to get back in the series.

  • Padres Oct 3, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Soaking in the Celebration of the Padres Wild Card Win

    For the first time in 22 years the Padres won a playoff series, and San Diego soaked up the occasion. From a ledge outside Petco Park Darnay joins Derek to discuss game three, and the team’s impressive turnaround against the Cardinals. A bullpen day that worked! A catcher that handled a revolving door of pitchers. Young stars that are now…

  • Padres Oct 1, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Where Do We Go From Here? Wild Card Game 1 Recap

    The Cardinals wasted little time deflating the excitement around the Padres first playoff game in 14 years. Chris Paddack’s tumultuous season continued in the biggest start of his career, setting up a must-win with Zach Davies on the mound. Derek and Darnay recap Game 1, discuss Paddack’s struggles, the domino effect of Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger’s absence, Davies,...

  • Padres Sep 30, 2020

    Paddack Starts Game One, Lamet and Clevinger Out for Wild Card

    In their long-awaited return to the postseason, the Padres were faced with adversity before they got a chance to take the field. Recent injuries to their top starting pitchers, Dinelson Lamet (biceps tightness) and Mike Clevinger (elbow impingement) made their status uncertain for San Diego’s Wild Card Series against St. Louis. On the morning of game one, we learned...

  • Padres Sep 21, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – This is Just the Beginning

    The Padres are here, and they’re the real deal. After 14 years away, San Diego gets to enjoy playoff baseball – and fans get to bask in the team’s long-awaited return. Derek and Darnay discuss their dramatic turnaround, and the opportunities ahead. Plus, they hear what Jayce Tingler, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer had to say after punching their…

  • Padres Sep 15, 2020

    Grisham Sparks Padres in Statement Win Over Dodgers

    If there was any remaining doubt that the Padres-Dodgers rivalry has been revived in 2020, Monday’s meeting at Petco Park put it to rest. San Diego drew even with Los Angeles at 4-4 in the season series with a runaway 7-2 win. In doing so they narrowed the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to 1.5 games. Two more wins…

  • Padres Sep 10, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Will the Padres Win Every MLB Award? Almost.

    We know there’s a great chance Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jake Cronenworth will take home some hardware at season’s end. But they aren’t the only Padres who have put themselves in position to get some recognition during MLB Awards season. Derek and Darnay go down the list of likely candidates, and then wrap up with another edition of Three...

  • Padres Sep 8, 2020

    Hosmer's Season in Jeopardy with Broken Finger

    The Padres could be without one of their most important players for the rest of the season. “This one hurts.” Jayce Tingler told reporters after Monday’s 1-0 win over Colorado that Eric Hosmer suffered a broken left index finger. The injury occurred on a bunt attempt in the first inning. Kyle Freeland’s pitch struck Hosmer directly on the finger....

  • Padres Sep 7, 2020

    Tatis Hits 15th Homer, Padres Wrap Road Trip With Win

    Fernando Tatís Jr. matched Angels slugger Mike Trout for the majors’ home run lead with his 15th, a two-run drive in the seventh inning of the San Diego Padres’ back-and-forth 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Garrett Richards (2-2) struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter over seven sharp innings to end a four-start winless stretch....

  • Padres Sep 1, 2020

    Listen: On Friar Podcast – Preller Puts on a Deadline Clinic, Padres add Pieces for World Series Contention

    Starting pitcher? Check. Bullpen help? Check. Lefty-hitting DH? Check? Catcher who can swing it? Check. AJ Preller got a lot done the last three days, making it clear that the Padres are all in for 2020, and beyond. In this episode of On Friar Derek and Darnay discuss a big few days that landed Mike Clevinger and a number of…

  • Padres Aug 28, 2020

    Listen: On Friar Podcast – Race, Sports and the Significance of this Moment

    Race and sports intersected this week when teams and leagues postponed games to call attention to social injustice, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Longtime Phoenix sports anchor Bruce Cooper joined Derek and Darnay to share his experience with racism, as well as his perspective on recent events and the the response in sports and society.

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