The Fro Times: Your Daily Padres Links – March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010 1 comment

Making a case

Cabrera tapping into potential –
LeBlanc shines in Padres’ win –
Hospital charity event set for April 3 –
New Padres GM Jed Hoyer –
Gonzalez from Padres camp –
Gwynn’s expectations for 2010 –
Balsley assesses pitching staff –
Moorad: No money worries for group – San Diego Union-Tribune
Tina Fey gives Padres a call on Letterman – San Diego Union-Tribune
Year makes big difference in arms race – San Diego Union-Tribune
Padres shifting from not so swift to fast lane – San Diego Union-Tribune
XX, morning duo dispute just drags on – San Diego Union-Tribune
Adams kills hitters with arm, teammates with wit – North County Times
Corey Brock interview with Darren Smith – 1090 AM
Matt Antonelli interview with Hacksaw – 1090 AM
Congratulations to Joe Mauer, the Twins, and solid values! – Bob Scanlan

Why The San Diego Padres Should Trade Heath Bell – Friar Forecast
Scouting Padres Prospect Anthony Bass – Mad Friars
Padres release 13 minor leaguers – Mad Friars
Friarhood Radio: Interview with Jeff Dotseth – The Friarhood

Friarhood Meet Up: April 6th – The Friarhood

The Go-Go Durango Show! – The Friarhood


Play Laugh Give A Night with Adrian Gonzalez and his Teammates

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

In previous years, the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation has hosted numerous events that have raised a ton of money for a wonderful cause. This year they are teaming up with the Padres Foundation and going all out by taking over the Western Metal Supply building. Both charities are really awesome and the event is sure to be a good time for everyone attending. Check out all the details below and you definitely don’t want to miss this event!

WHO: Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres Players
WHAT: Play, Laugh Give. A Night Out with Adrian Gonzalez and His Teammates
WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
WHERE: PETCO Park, Western Metal Supply Co. Building
MVP TICKETS: $230.00
5:35pm entry includes hosted food & beverage, access to all levels of the Western Metal
Supply Co. Building, opportunity for a photo with Adrian Gonzalez, special interaction with
Padres players, reserved seating for entertainment on rooftop and a goodie bag.
7:30pm entry includes drink coupons, food, access to Hall of Fame Bar & Grill and rooftop.

Event Details: All guest will enter PETCO Park in a unique manner, via Tony Gwynn Drive and onto the playing field, where Adrian Gonzalez will take a photo with MVP guests until 6pm.

On the Western Metal Supply Co. Building Concourse, MVP guests will challenge Padres players to various games such as air hockey, shuffleboard, ping-pong and various types of interactive arcade games.  The Western Metal Supply Co. suites will feature Sony PlayStations where Padres players will dual with MVP guests on various games.

As the evening continues The Western Metal Supply Co. Hall of Fame Bar and Grill will be transformed into a swanky lounge with live music.   Padres players will continue to interact with guests during the evening.

The Western Metal Supply Co. Rooftop will become a comedy club.  An opening act and headliner will perform while guests enjoy views into the ballpark and overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline.

The Live Auction will feature unique experiences for you to bid on.   Plus, lots of exciting raffle items.

About The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation: San Diego Padres 1st baseman Adrian Gonzlaez established his foundation with his wife, Betsy in August 2008. The foundation’s mission statement is to empower underprivileged youth through athletics, education and health. This event will support their
Foundation’s “health” tier supporting Rady Children’s Hospital MRSA research and awareness programs.

About The Padres Foundation: The San Diego Padres and the Padres Foundation are community assets committed to making a meaningful and enduring impact on youth in the areas of health, education and baseball/softball. Guided in the mission to inspire youth to LIVE a healthy life, LEARN, and PLAY. This event will benefit their “LIVE” component by supporting Rady’s Childrens Hospital and families who are fighting life threatening

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The Fro Times: Your Daily Padres Links – March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment
My Team, My Town...The San Diego Padres and Me

My Team, My Town...

S. Hairston happy to return to active duty –
Young ends six innings with a flurry –
Bell’s ready to close out spring –
Gonzalez a goner? Only if you buy into rumors – San Diego Union-Tribune
Sale of Padres continues to be smooth transition – San Diego Union-Tribune
Moorad closer to full owner – North County Times
Jed Hoyer interview with Darren Smith – 1090 AM
Mike Adams interview with Hacksaw – 1090 AM
Moorad increases stake with Padres – ESPN
MLB Optimism Index: Measuring the hopeful and the hopeless – CBS Sports
Could Kyle Blanks Be San Diego’s Matt Kemp? – Bleacher Report
Major League managers on the hot seat (Bud Black) – FOX Sports
Trades that make sense (Twins – Heath Bell, RHR, Padres) – FOX Sports
Trades that make sense (Phillies – Luke Gregerson, RHR, Padres) – FOX Sports
Future GMs may come from scouting ranks – FOX Sports
San Diego Padres 2010 Projections: Bench – Friar Forecast

HotStove.Com: The Biggest Questions Facing the San Diego Padres in 2010 – Friar Forecast

Pancake House in El Cajon has good pancakes and hilarious Padres magnet schedules – Gaslamp Ball
Visor Girl, Pad Squad Erica is retiring from the Padres – Gaslamp Ball
Padres GM Hoyer: Richard will be in the 4th spot and Latos will be limited to 150 innings – Gaslamp Ball
2010 San Diego Padres Preview – Mad Friars
Tucson Trip – The Official Blog of Matt Antonelli

Almost There – Unfinished Business

Spring Training Volume 2, Day Two & Three

March 24, 2010 1 comment

RJ's Fro

So like I said before, we are gonna have a more detailed post of the second RJ’s Fro spring training trip coming soon.  Day One was very eventful capped off with a Padres victory.   Here are some highlights from Day Two:
1. Woke up and headed over to Glendale to see the first of two games at Camelback Ranch
2. Brunch at “The Gym” – killer wings and Coronas for $2.50 (wtf?!?)
3. Parked in the dirt lot and had to walk about a mile through minor league fields and man-made lakes to the entrance
4. Met up with some Gaslamp Ball readers/commenters/cool guys and chilled in the outfield
5. Should have brought one dollar bills to bet on balls and strikes
6. Why are there baskets of rocks all over Camelback Ranch?  I guess the Dodgers ran out of money to do something a little more eye pleasing
7. Mat Latos is bringing it.  According to Corey Brock, he should get the 5th spot for that performance.  LeBlanc, Stauffer, and Gallagher think differently right now.
8. Padres victory over the White Sox! Aaron Cunningham continues his hot spring.
9. We go down to give props to Cunningham, and Rick is more than enthusiastic about it. Maybe that’s the alcohol.
10. In between games the RJ’s Fro crew and the Horning sisters proceed to get some margaritas over by the University of Phoenix Stadium and watch Northern Iowa ruin everyone’s bracket.
11. Game two vs. the Duds!  Our group is 6 out of the 12 Padres fans in the house.  Surprisingly a lot of Giants fans are there to root for the Padres.  The only good thing about Giants fans are their mutual hatred for the Dodgers.
12. Wade Leblanc is lights out as the Padres are taking care of the Duds pretty easily.
13. We meet an usher with a Rollie Fingers stache…picture taken.
14. The few Dodger fans we meet are nice, but that’s only because we are not in LA.
15. Post game at Grimaldis and the Auld Dubliner.  Dan Hayes from NC Times makes an appearance.   Good baseball talk and a great way to close out two Padres victories!

After a doubleheader and a long night, we need to get some rest for Day Three.  Here is what happened:
1.  Wake up late and it takes FOREVER to get from our hotel (over by the airport) to Peoria.
2. Another beautiful day for baseball.
3. Head up to the press box to give Josh Ishoo, Dan Hayes, and Jenny Cavnar some RJ’s Fro t-shirts…gotta spread the Fro love.
4. Latos spotting in the stands watching the game.  I wonder how many nonbloggers and nonsportswriters knew he was a fan that day?
5.  Chicken tenders and fries for lunch – fantastic.
6. RJ’s Fro Fastest Pitch contest: Marshall – 72 mph, Beautown – 71 mph (I usually cant break 60, so breaking 70 was a milestone for me), SDPads1 – 42 mph (ok, it was more around 63, but it looked like 42) **I protest Marshall’s 72 mph winning pitch because he got an extra pitch which was the winner – who knows what would have happened if I got an extra pitch**
7. RJ’s Fro Accuracy contest: Winner – SDPads1 (who then proceed to boast about his plastic medal he won for the next two hours) Marshall and I couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.  We were too pumped from the Fastest pitch contest.
8.  Finally met Dallas, Mat Latos’s girlfriend, at the game.  She is a twitter superstar like SDPads1.  Very cool.
9. Gallagher on short rest struggles but our offense bails him out led by Jerry Hairston Jr.
10.  Dave Winfield, Jeff Moorad, and Jed Hoyer hanging out in the first row by the Padres dugout.  Good to see them among the common folk.
11. Padres win!
12. 5 hour drive back home with a quick pit stop at Arby’s.  Marshall eats 17 roast beef sandwiches.

This was my first ever trip to spring training.  I had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back next year.  I want to thank Padres media relations for helping us out.  The team went 4-0 while the Fro was out there.  We looked really good and I am excited to see what these kids can do come April.

Categories: Beautown, Spring Training

The Fro Times: Your Daily Padres Links – March 24, 2010

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The Fro Times: Your Daily Padres Links – March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010 2 comments

READY for some offense...

Padres ready to run, regardless of speed –
Hairston goes deep against Rangers –
Moorad near next phase of purchase –
Gammons: Gonzalez staying focused –
Padres trim camp roster with four moves –
Russell may be final bullpen puzzle piece –
Roberts on baserunning –
Ready preaches new approach –
Forsythe on spring experience –
Peavy on Padres’ All-Decade team –
Padres dugout brims with brotherly advice – San Diego Union-Tribune
Sun sets on Tucson ball – San Diego Union-Tribune
Proving vs. improving for spring training pitchers – San Diego Union-Tribune
Hitting coach a revolving door, but so far Padres like ‘Spike’ – San Diego Union-Tribune
It’s clicking for Padres’ Antonelli – San Diego Union-Tribune
Padres’ youth and talent pitch can be tough sell – San Diego Union-Tribune
Garland not worried about sore shoulder – North County Times
Mr. Hyde act worked wonders for Venable – North County Times
Garland will skip start to rest ailing shoulder – North County Times
Trade rumors never stop ringing for Bell – North County Times
Latos aims to harness his potential – North County Times
Status of Gonzalez remains in limbo – North County Times
Tony Gwynn Jr. spent offseason shoring up weaknesses – North County Times
Baseball magazines not sold on the Padres’ youth – North County Times
Dave Roberts interview with Darren Smith – 1090 AM
Bob Scanlan interview with Coach Kentera – 1090 AM
Clayton Richard interview with Hacksaw – 1090 AM
They May Not Contend, But Pads Plan To Be In The Running – 619Sports.Net
Nick Hundley Spring Training Interview – 619Sports.Net
What can the Twins offer for Heath Bell? – Bob Scanlan
Young Padres who have impressed this spring – Bob Scanlan
Padres rotation battle gets more interesting – Bob Scanlan
IVIE 2010: Hitters – Ducksnorts
Mailbag: Is Oscar Salazar Any Good? – Ducksnorts
Comping Cabrera: Eeyore’s Rebuttal – Ducksnorts
Me, Elsewhere: Translating Batting Lines into Pitching Lines – Ducksnorts
San Diego Padres 2010 Projections: Infield – Friar Forecast Appearance – Friar Forecast
Previewing Portland’s Relievers – Friar Forecast
Which San Diego Padres Players Have Helped or Hurt Themselves This Spring? – Friar Forecast
Video of Matt Antonelli’s base hit on Friday – Gaslamp Ball
A Conversation with Tom Garfinkel – Gaslamp Ball
Gaslamp Ball VLOG Style. Date Shake review and more driving – Gaslamp Ball
Spring Training Double Header Open Thread – Gaslamp Ball
Gaslamp Ball VLOG style. The Drive up to Spring Training – Gaslamp Ball
Spring Training Notebook V – Mad Friars
Nothing Old About Hoffman in Milwaukee – MLB Fanhouse

Friarhood Radio 3.18.10 – The Friarhood
Taking my leap of faith – The Friarhood
Texas League Preview- San Antonio Missions – The Friarhood
Friarhood Exclusive: Interveiw with Bob Scanlan – The Friarhood
Games 15, 16, and questions – The Official Blog of Matt Antonelli
Hotstove interview – The Official Blog of Matt Antonelli
Games 12, 13, 14, & other stuff – The Official Blog of Matt Antonelli
Interview – The Official Blog of Matt Antonelli
Subsidized stadium benefits: “It’s a case of the seen and unseen” – The Sacrifice Bunt
The other side of the PETCO coin – The Sacrifice Bunt
It’s Spring Training, That’s For Sure… – Unfinished Business