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  1. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  2. Mark Kotsay will retire after the 2013 season

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    mark kotsay getty

    From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune: Mark Kotsay will retire as a player at the end of the season. “I know this is a good time physically and mentally for me to retire . . . these are my last games as a player,” Kotsay said Saturday before Atlanta’s Kris Medlen shut out…

  3. 2013 MLB Draft: Day one winners and losers

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    It’s a tradition here at Hardball Talk to pick the winners and losers from the draft, even though we’re years away from having any idea who came out on top. And we’re not ones to mess with tradition, no matter how silly it may make us look in the end. Let’s rock. Winners Mark Appel:…

  4. Carlos Quentin returns from eight-game suspension tonight

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Padres Mets Baseball

    Carlos Quentin‘s eight-game suspension for charging the mound on Zack Greinke is over and the outfielder is expected to be in the Padres’ lineup tonight against the Brewers. San Diego went 3-5 in Quentin’s absence, with Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, and Mark Kotsay sharing time in left field and the only three wins coming against…

  5. Yonder Alonso played second base last night

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    yonder alonso second base

    Cincinnati traded Yonder Alonso in part because they had Joey Votto at first base and didn’t think he could hack it defensively at third base or left field. San Diego has been playing Alonso at first base, where he’s perfectly solid, but last night the Padres forced themselves into using him at third base ……

  6. Padres sign Chris Denorfia to two-year extension

    Sep 5, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    denorfia getty

    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres reached agreement Wednesday on a two-year extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia. He’ll get $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in ’14. Denorfia has posted a respectable .290/.346/.445 batting line with six home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI across 314 plate appearances this season for…

  7. Padres extend veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay through 2013

    Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    kotsay getty

    Mark Kotsay has posted a weak .275/.333/.363 batting line in 111 plate appearances this season and isn’t much of a defender at age 36, but Corey Brock of MLB.com writes that Padres have been “impressed” with the veteran outfielder’s clubhouse presence and signed him Sunday to a contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.…

  8. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  10. Oft-injured Joey Devine to undergo another Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Devine_Joey

    Joey Devine‘s once-promising career has once again been derailed by injuries, as the A’s reliever will undergo elbow surgery today performed by Dr. James Andrews. Devine was the Braves’ first-round pick in 2005, was traded to the A’s for Mark Kotsay in 2008, and has a 2.75 ERA with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings for…

  11. Chris Denorfia may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    chris-denorfia-padres

    Chris Denorfia has yet to play a spring training game because of a lower back injury and manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres are worried he won’t have enough to time be ready for Opening Day. There is a little concern. He’s not progressing to the…

  12. We have different definitions of the term “fresh start”

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    benjamin moore

    Player A here is back with the same team he was with a year ago. In fact, it’s the same team he’s been with his entire career. He’s not playing for a new manager. He’s not learning a new position. He’s healthier than he was a year ago at this time, but given that he…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  14. Running down the rosters: San Diego Padres

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    One of the surprise teams of 2010, the Padres will try to rebound this year from a 2011 season that saw them lose an additional 19 games and finish 71-91. And just to make it a bit more of a challenge, the team will give it a go without ace Mat Latos, who was sent…

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