• Padres 19 hours ago

    Tatis Brings Slam Diego Back with Spring Training Bomb

    Fernando Tatis Jr. brought back some good memories Tuesday, and hopefully provided a glimpse of what’s to come in 2021. The Padres star hit a grand slam in the second inning of his team’s 7-2 win over Arizona. Tatis’ 441-foot blast came on a first pitch fastball against Caleb Smith. Tatis was responsible for the first leg of the...

  • MLB Mar 1

    Padres Pitcher Paddack Prepares for Rebound Season

    By this own admission, 2020 was not a great year for Chris Paddack. The Padres starter was expecting to follow up a dynamic rookie season with a dominant sophomore campaign. Instead, Paddack struggled to find himself. His strikeout rate dropped, his home run rate jumped, and things just never really fell into place. Over the off-season Paddack did some self-scouting…

  • Spring Training Mar 1

    Welcome Back: Optimism Abounds as MLB's Spring Includes Fans

    The sun and the baseball have returned to Arizona and Florida for spring training games, which began on Sunday

  • Spring Training Feb 28

    MLB Spring Training 2021 Guide: Here We Go!

    A look at key dates and new COVID-19 protocols as the Dodgers and other MLB clubs begin Spring Training.

  • 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…

  • Major League Baseball Feb 27

    5-Inning Games, 2-Out Innings? Odd MLB Spring Look on Deck

    Some MLB spring training games might not even get to a seventh-inning stretch

  • 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,...

  • Padres Feb 24

    Today's the Day! Padres Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale

    San Diego Padres spring training tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Wednesday amid high optimism for one of their best seasons since entering the National League in 1969 thanks to several key offseason acquisitions following their first postseason appearance since 2006.

  • MLB Feb 20

    Padres Talented Catchers Are Much More Than Backstops

    Most Major League teams carry two catchers. While keeping a third on the roster, especially with rosters expanded to 26 players, is not like finding Sasquatch, it’s certainly not the norm. The Padres are looking seriously at doing just that. Austin Nola and Victor Caratini are shoe-ins for the Opening Day roster. Heralded youngster Luis Campusano (MLB Pipeline’s 45th...

  • MLB Feb 19

    Padres Spring Training Tickets On Sale Soon

    The last time Padres fans had a chance to see their playoff contenders in person was Spring Training of 2020. The next time they’ll get that chance will be Spring Training of 2021. The Peoria Sports Complex, in accordance with local, state and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols, will operate at 16% capacity, which adds up to 1,960 fans in…

  • MLB Feb 18

    LISTEN: #OnFriar Podcast … Padres Spring Training Starts With a BANG

    Padres pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Peoria, AZ, and immediately the Friar Faithful were excited. New starter Blake Snell was talking about the bitter rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres (and himself after the World Series). Manager Jayce Tingler was talking about the expectations for San Diego’s stellar rotation and how the bullpen pieces would fit...

  • 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…

  • MLB Feb 15

    As Spring Training '21 Gets Underway, It's a New Year, But COVID-19 Protocols Remain

    Against the backdrop of a still raging coronavirus pandemic, pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week, the first step in a 2021 season that will take many of the complexities from 2020′s 60-game sprint and stretch them over an additional four months

  • 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?...

  • MLB Dec 17, 2020

    MLB Tells Managers to Expect on-Time Spring Training Start

    Big league managers say Major League Baseball instructed them to prepare for spring training to start on time in mid-February despite uncertainty around the coronavirus.

  • Padres Jun 29, 2020

    Padres Release Initial Player Pool for Spring Training 2.0

    The Padres revealed their pool of 60 players who will be eligible to take part in a Major League game in 2020. Well, they had a chance to pick 60 players. They only put 52 on it with a chance to expand as other teams make their players available. Of course, since this is baseball, things get a lot more…

  • Padres Mar 13, 2020

    #OnFriar Podcast: COVID-19 Stops Baseball

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on the sports world. Among the many leagues that have suspended or cancelled play is Major League Baseball, who on Thursday decided to cancel all remaining Spring Training games and delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks. So what does that mean for the Padres? That’s what…

  • MLB Mar 9, 2020

    Paddack Roughed up in Padres Loss

    Chris Paddack’s stuff is undeniably ace-level. But even the best pitches in the world will get hit hard if they’re not put in the proper place, a lesson that was taught by the White Sox on Sunday afternoon. Paddack gave up a pair of home runs to Cheslor Cuthbert in a 6-0 loss to Chicago. On the first one...

  • MLB Mar 7, 2020

    Padres Walk Off Rangers

    It’s only Cactus League play, but right now even when things don’t go well for the Padres they seem to end up going well for the Padres. San Diego beat Texas 4-3 on Friday night after giving up a lead in the top of the 9th inning … then getting them right back in the bottom of the 9th...

  • Padres Mar 6, 2020

    #OnFriar Podcast: Does a Great Cactus League Record Mean Anything?

    The Padres are 10-2 in Cactus League Play. So do we celebrate or keep the pessimism that San Diego sports fans have rightfully earned? That’s one of the big topics on this week’s OnFriar Podcast. NBC 7’s Darnay Tripp and Derek Togerson take a look at what the Friars hot start to the exhibition season means … and what...

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