Today’s the day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced at 3pm PST today. Who will get in? Who will be snubbed?

I’m not a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). I know, big shocker there. But I am a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA). And, like the BBWAA, the BBBA votes for the Hall of Fame every year, using the same rules and the same ballot. Does it mean anything? Not in the least. But it’s fun.

Like a lot of BBWAA members, I believe in making your Hall of Fame vote — official or not — public for all the world to see and yell at you for.

Here’s how I voted.
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Thanksgiving, still my favorite holiday of the year.

Also, the time of year where everyone’s “[XX] Reasons For [insert team name] Fans To Be Thankful” pieces come out. And I do mean EVERYONE’S.

Two years ago I wrote about the things I was thankful for as it relates to the Padres. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at how those things worked out then give a new reason to be thankful.

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Andrew Cashner. Gone. Matt Kemp. Gone. Melvin Upton Jr. Gone. Fernando Rodney. Gone. James Shields. Gone. Twelve out of thirteen draft picks from the first ten rounds of the 2016 Amateur Draft signed. Over $60 million in international signings so far, and that’s just since July 2nd.

One thing that all of these trades, draft picks, and international signings say to me is that Lake Elsinore is going to be the perfect place for Padres fans to watch baseball on a regular basis. And, it’s looking like it’s going to be that way for a couple of years, at least.

I’ll be honest, I should have written at least part of this earlier in the season. But the influx of talent to the lower levels of the minor leagues made it relevant again.

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mikedeeMike Dee needs to go away.

There, I said it.

In the three years Mike Dee has been the president of the Padres, the amount of public relations screw-ups, oopsies, and outright disasters have far outweighed any good that may have come during his tenure.

From forcing general managers to waste draft picks on alcoholic football players, to naming a part of Petco Park after a reviled figure in baseball, to just straight up screwing the pooch when it comes to fans complaints, Dee’s reign at the top is marked by failure.

Mike Dee needs to be fired.

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Contact:
The Ghost of Ray Kroc
ghostofrak@padrespublic.com

Statement Regarding Ron Fowler’s Comments of
June 1, 2016

In response to the growing number of jokes being thrown around about Ron Fowler’s rant being a modern day equivalent of The Announcement, the Ghost of Ray Kroc has released the following statement for the press and public.

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Every so often I write something of substance. It’s not always embedded tweets and GIFs. So prepare to have your minds blown! Or not.

My copy of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney showed up a little over a week ago. I have read it. This is my review.

Kenney has been a sportswriter for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. Triumph Books has published a series of books about sports teams’ histories and asked Kenney if he would write one about the Padres.

The title says it all. The book is 100 things in Padres history that fans — maybe not should — but perhaps would be interested to know. People, dates, numbers, and events that helped shape the Padres into what they are today.

First off, Randy Jones wrote the foreword. You know, the barbecue guy. Oh, Jones also won the 1976 Cy Young Award while pitching for the Padres. Oh, he was the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Oh, and his number 35 was also retired by the Padres.

I can’t think of a better way to begin a book about the Padres than to have the Crafty Lefty get the start. So right off the bat (pun intended), the book has some credibility.

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padrestwitterIt’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.

I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.

I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.

Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.

*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
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A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier? A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier.

The Lake Elsinore Storm today announced that the home run derby for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in June would be part of the Midway Classic.

What is a “Midway Classic,” you ask? Think of it like the Monday before the MLB All-Star Game, with – like the MLB version – a home run derby, but on THE FLIGHT DECK OF A FREAKIN’ AIRCRAFT CARRIER!

This is all happening June 20th, the day before the California/Carolina League All-Star Game at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

Home plate for the competing hitters will be located approximately 250 feet from the bow of the USS Midway, and the hitters are expected to hit an estimated total of 150 balls into San Diego Bay.

I mean, I can’t think of anything better than this. Home runs are literally going to take flight.

MLB can have players try to hit ball on top of the Western Metal building all damn day for all I care.

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Opening Day. A time for excitement over the upcoming season. A day of smells like hot dogs and leather and freshly cut grass. Every fan loves the experience of Opening Day.

I spent this Opening Day in a small room with three other guys watching the game on TV and making smart-ass comments about stuff.

The Kept Faith invited me and Padres Haiku to partake in an experiment of sorts. A podcast recorded at the same time as the Padres Opening Day game.

I have no idea how good or bad this is, as I haven’t listened to it yet. But we talked about things that happened in the game, opened some baseball cards, and drank a little. Enjoy?

You can download the podcast at The Kept Faith or listen to it below.

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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

Spring Training is upon us once again. A time for optimism. A time for learning. A time for critiquing.

The Padres front office has recently been doing interviews where Mike Dee, Ron Fowler, and Peter Seidler all declare their belief in being big believers in belief, despite all apparent evidence to the contrary.

In other words, they have Great Expectations for this season.

What follows is my Padres brain dump for this spring, using select quotes from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations.

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