Yesterday news broke that MLB will be re-naming their top closer award’s the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award and the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award for the two  respective leagues. I was confused by this. And I’m not talking about the extremely long title for both.

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I had the amazing opportunity to appear on the awesome new pre-game show, Padres Social Hour, last night along side the Godfather of RJ’s Fro, Randy Jones. I was there for the Taste of Petco Park food tour, which I’ll discuss in more detail tomorrow, and I was watching the show. Next thing I know Jesse Agler approached me and told me to come on down. I initially thought it was for a tour of the set but then quickly realized I was going to be on. Less than a minute later and we were rolling. A big thanks to Jesse, RJ & the Padres for having me on, it was a blast!

PS – Check out my slick new Padres throwback socks

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IMG_3127Last Friday night, I had the privilege of taking part in the 2nd (annual?) Bloggers Takeover with Fox Sports San Diego. During the takeover, they give the bloggers a chance to chat about blog-gerly type things for a couple of innings during a Padres Spring Training game. Last year I was joined by 3 fellow Padres Public members Geoff (Son of a Duck), Mike (Padres Trail) and David (Vocal Minority) and also Brady from Lobshots. This year I was the lone Padres Public representative and was joined by Brady, once again, along with Dex from Gaslamp Ball and Steve from Friarhood.

Join me on our journey!

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The Bloggers Takeover is returning.

Last year, myself along with Brady from Lobshots and David, Mike and Geoff Young from Padres Public, took over the 5th, 6th and 7th innings for the  the “napping” Mark Sweeney and Mike Pomeranz.

This year I will be the lone Padres Public representative, but will also be joined by the returning Brady, Dex from Gaslamp Ball and Steve from Friarhood. We will be having a “couch conversation” during the 5th and 6th innings of the Padres and Mariners game this Friday night. This years version will be moderated by Jesse Agler.

We’ll be set up down the right field line, just like last year, however this year you won’t get to witness my flesh being burned from my body as the game starts at 7:05PM.

Will Jeff Cirillo make a special appearance? Will Dex rise from the dead? Find out this Friday!

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Social Media. Sometimes we love it. Sometimes we hate it. But one thing is for certain, it definitely isn’t going away any time soon and, if used correctly, could be an excellent marketing tool to help promote your business.

It’s actually the perfect tool for Major League baseball teams. It’s free to access, the potential audience is growing by the day and with all the different platforms, the options are endless.

In seasons past, I have been less than impressed with what the Padres have produced. A Twitter account and Facebook page that had little to no interaction with the fans, a Vine account that had 6 videos for the entire year of 2013, but a pretty solid Instagram feed. You can’t fault the people running the accounts back then, because it wasn’t in their job description. That all changed this off-season when the team brought in Jesse Agler (which you heard here first).

Before we dig in too deep, let’s take a look at what Jesse walked into.

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As you know by now, I am a strange human being who collects a ridiculous amount of Padres memorabilia. Next to bobbleheads, old magazines, programs, media guides and newspaper articles are probably my next favorite thing to collect. The old ads are fascinating. Flip to any page and the odds of landing on a beer or cigarette ad are pretty solid. What player was being highly touted at that time and did they ever pan out? And the vintage pictures are a blast.

I thought I’d do a new little segment here where I occasionally browse through one of those items and share some stuff with you.

When I was at the SABR garage sale, I came across this Sporting News from April 28th, 1986. I noticed the Padres on the cover and was really interested in reading up about this “Team Turmoil” that they were speaking of.


We all know what the Padres did in 1984 but our story starts the following year, in 1985. The Padres went 83-79 that year and finished 3rd in the NL West, 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ’85 Padres had a team high 7 All-Stars (Steve Garvey, Goose Gossage, Tony Gwynn, LaMarr Hoyt, Terry Kennedy, Graig Nettles & Garry Templeton), which is a record that still stands to this day. They even spent a considerable amount of time in first place. In fact with the exception of the retiring Kurt Bevacqua it appeared that most of the roster would be returning in 1986 as well. And then the off-season happened.

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At the end of a soccer game in which a winner must be decided, there are usually a couple overtimes. If the game is still tied, the dreaded shootout becomes the only way to settle it. It’s a horrible way to end a game, but you can’t have players running around endlessly in a 0-0 match. People would die. Shootout strategy is pretty basic. Use your best guys first. Best out of 5, you don’t want your best penalty takers sitting on the bench when you’re eliminated 3-0.

So, why don’t baseball managers treat a “shootout” the same way when a starting pitcher is removed? Let’s say that both starting pitchers leave the game after 6 innings and the game is within a run or two. It now becomes a “shootout” of bullpens.

Soccer wisdom says to send your best pitcher in first. Don’t leave your stud on the bench. Traditional baseball wisdom says to send in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th best guy.

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Back on September 19th, 2010 I wrote about the awesomeness that is Steve Poltz for the first time ever on RJ’s Fro. We all know that he’s the Mayor of Niceyville. He’s a killer song writer and performer. He’s a Padres fan. And he’s just an all around good dude.

In that first post, I wrote about the healing powers Steve had over the currently struggling Padres.

With the Padres mired in a 10 game losing streak, a good portion of us fans were doing whatever it took to break the team out of its funk. Bob Scanlan was going crazy on Twitter rooting the team on each and every game. Us bloggers, tried to put up a positive front to try and keep the 3 or 4 fans who don’t have a blog calm. But no one did as much as musician extraordinaire/enormous Padres fan Steve Poltz who attended the game on September 6th. That’s right, not only did his presence that night single handily help end the streak, but his mighty powers reached out and touched a couple players as well.

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