A few weeks ago Rick and I drove out to the Phoenix area with our buddy Marshall for our annual Spring Training baseball trip. As has become tradition I have opinions about things, hopefully you’re here to read them because here we go!

Peoria Sports Complex

There’s a lot to like about the Padres and Mariners’ complex, built in 1994 and the first shared complex of its kind. We’ll start here: the craft beer selection is the best I’ve seen. While the surrounding neighborhood gets flak from some Spring Training veterans for being so suburban, there are much better options here compared to other stadiums we’ve visited. Peoria has lots of hotels in walking distance, though the “quality” can vary.

Here there’s a decent selection of chain restaurants and sports bars. The epicenter is the Moon Saloon, a bar across the street from the PSC full of sports fans and if you’re lucky, some sports employees. There’s also Salty Señorita, which admittedly has an awful beer selection and is generally kind of gross, but you know what Rick it’s outside, literally part of the complex, and you can see Padres minor leaguers practicing so it can’t be all that bad because sun baseball beer.

peoria sports complex outfieldSadly the Peoria Sports Complex stadium does have one fatal flaw: it was built before panoramic concourses with shaded standing room to watch the game were commonplace. At the PSC the main concourse for buying concessions and walking around doesn’t have a view of the game. Meaning there’s almost no standing and watching from anywhere in the main seating bowl. There is one interior walkway visible on the right side of the panoramic photo below, it just isn’t meant for hanging out. If you try, you get (to be fair, politely) asked by an usher to move from the concourse to your seat. And because there’s no raised press box or upper level, shade isn’t easy to come by either.

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Look, I’m supposed to hate comps. Seemingly everyone who writes about baseball—particularly prospect writers, anyway—hates comps, or at least pretends to. Maybe I do, I don’t know. I don’t think so, though; I’m tolerant of them, at least. Shoot, I sort of like ’em. Dammit I love me a good comp.

So here’s one for your consideration:

Franchy Cordero=Cameron Maybin

I can’t help but think about Maybin when watching Cordero in center field over the last couple of days. They have a similar build (Maybin’s currently listed at 6-foot-3, 215, and Cordero 6-foot-3, 175) and running style. Cordero profiles as a slick-fielding center fielder with a strikeout problem and some pop. Maybin was (still is, kind of) a slick-fielding center fielder with a strikeout problem and some pop. Let’s check out some numbers.

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Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:

  • Removing the Fangs From Ty Cobb’s Notoriety (New York Times) – There’s a new book out about Cobb, and what author Charles Leerhsen discovered after four years of researching his subject surprised even him: “I thought I’d find new examples of monstrous monstrosity. Instead, I found a very different person than the myth. I was a little disappointed at first. He’s more normal than I thought.” Sounds like a great read, as is Cobb’s SABR biography.
  • The Braves are Salvaging a Salary Dump (FanGraphs) – As Jeff Sullivan notes, former Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has stopped hitting so many groundballs in Atlanta. That and health are turning him into the player folks once envisioned him becoming. For now, anyway. [h/t reader Didi]
  • Attendance Update and the Angels’ Latest PR Mess (FanGraphs) – Through June 4, the Padres ranked 12th out of 30, just ahead of the Rangers and behind last year’s American League champion Royals. The Pads also have had the third largest gain from 2014, behind those same Royals and the hated Mariners (go figure). On the downside, literally, the Pads’ attendance slipped from April to May more than all but three teams. Hosting teams outside the division is a little different from hosting the Giants and Dodgers, who knew? That the Padres haven’t lived up to preseason hype probably doesn’t help either. Hey, at least they aren’t the Phillies.
  • Padres Pics #1 (The 5.5 Hole) – This new blog promises to be fun. Anything that starts with Kurt Bevacqua dressed as Dick Williams being harassed by umpires has to be good, right? Speaking of Padres from the ’80s, Wax Pack is a book due out in 2017 (plan ahead!) that author Brad Balukjian calls “the story of a single pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards and the attempt to track down each of the players inside nearly 30 years after they were bundled together with a stick of chalky bubblegum.” Balukjian will be interviewing the players in this single pack, including Garry Templeton. Pretty cool. Others in the pack with Padres ties are Gary Pettis, Randy Ready, and Rick Sutcliffe.
  • Padres draft RHP Austin Smith at No. 51 (San Diego Union-Tribune) – A.J. Preller likes his team’s first pick in the 2015 draft: “It’s a big body, good frame, big, strong and durable. Clean arm action, good delivery, and he shows three pitches.” MLB.com adds: “He works at 90-92 mph and tops out at 96 while looking like he’s just playing catch. He could sit in the mid-90s once he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame and gets more consistent.” Learn more about the Padres draft class (including third rounder Jacob Nix, who has an interesting backstory) at Draft Tracker 2015 and from our own Dustin.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after calling in sick from work to get a late breakfast at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (31-31) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (29-31), 6-4 in 11 innings yesterday, to split the series at Turner Field and finish up the road trip with a 4-3 record.

Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) gave up four runs in six and two-third innings on seven hits and four walk with just one strikeout. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. Jace Peterson had an RBI single and Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the seventh to cap the Braves scoring.

Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.78) surrendered four runs in seven innings on four hits and three walk with seven strikeouts. The Friars got out to an early 1-0 lead on Derek Norris‘ single to score Matt Kemp, who reached base after being hit by a pitch which then cleared both teams’ benches in the first inning. In the eighth inning, Alexi Amarista scored on a passed ball, Yangervis Solarte then came in on a Yonder Alonso RBI single, and Cory Spangenberg reached on catcher’s interference with the bases loaded. In the top of the eleventh, Spangenberg and Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a Solarte single to right field to put the Padres ahead for good.

The Padres come home to Petco Park for three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.72) gets the start tonight against Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.36).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (30-31) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (29-30), 4-1, yesterday at Turner Field.

Tyson Ross (3-6, 3.81) really only had one bad inning of his six innings pitched, as the Braves scored two in the second. Ross gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. A Kelly Johnson single scored Nick Markakis and Andrelton Simmons singled to score A.J. Pierzynski in the second inning. In the third inning, Freddie Freeman ground into a bases-loaded double play that scored Williams Perez. The Braves scored their fourth run in the seventh inning when Cameron Maybin hit a bases-loaded single off Shawn Kelley to score Pierzynski.

Perez (2-0, 2.78) pitched seven innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The Padres were unable to do much of anything against Perez. Cory Spangenberg‘s RBI double to score Ross in the fifth inning was all the offense could manage.

This morning at 9:10am PDT, Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.05) takes the mound in the final game of the four game series at Turner Field versus Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.87).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (30-29) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (27-30), 5-3 in 11 innings yesterday. Neither Ian Kennedy (3-5, 6.48) nor Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.84) figured in the decision.

Kennedy allowed three runs on eight hits and no walk with six strikeouts in five innings. Cameron Maybin, Freddie Freeman, and Nick Markakis each had one RBI for the Braves.

Miller pitched seven innings giving up just one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg had two RBI and Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Alexi Amarista each added one RBI apiece for the Padres.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the eleventh inning for his 14th save on the season and 200th of his career.

Tonight at 4:10pm PDT will see James Shields (7-0, 3.58) going against Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 4.29) at Turner Field. Join us at Mike Hess Brewing in North Park to watch the game and stay for a live Padres And Pints taping with Jesse Agler of Padres Social Hour and broadcasting legend Bob Chandler.

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Crowdsourcing is the latest fad in seemingly every endeavor.  From Kickstarter to Storify, it seems gathering money or ideas from others and using it for your own benefit has become commonplace.

I’m not immune.  Occasionally I use it to figure out topics to write about that you people would like to read.  This is one of those occasions.  That I chose something to write about, not necessarily that you would like to read.

In Episode 13 of the Padres And Pints podcast, Rick revealed he was drinking not the standard beer, but rather Cran-Grape juice.  This caused a certain degree of ridicule from me some.  So, of course, when I decided to take suggestions for topics, Rick decided to get back at me us a little bit.

Here’s the thing:  I have little to no shame.  And I’m a little desperate to write about something Padres-related.  Challenge accepted.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (74-81) defeated the San Francisco Giants (84-71) 8-2 for a series sweep.  Ian Kennedy (12-13, 3.76) recorded his 200th strikeout of the season, becoming just the fourth Padres pitcher (Kevin Brown, Jake Peavy [3x] & Clay Kirby ) to do it.  Kennedy surrendered both Giants’ runs on a two-run home run by Chris Dominguez in the seventh.

Ryan Vogelsong (8-12, 3.96) gave up 4 runs (two earned) in five innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.   Most of the damage came in the sixth inning, as the Padres scored three runs to increase their lead to 4-0, knocking Vogelsong out of the game in the process.

Yasmani Grandal had three RBI and Rene Rivera & Cameron Maybin each added a pair of RBI in the game.

Tonight is the first game of the final home series of the Padres’ 2014 season.  Eric Stults (7-17, 4.59) takes on the Colorado Rockies (65-91) and Tyler Matzek (6-10, 4.19) at 7:10 pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening wandering aimlessly around the Park at the Park during the season’s last Beerfest looking for a bathroom and a place to pass out. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (72-81) defeated the San Francisco Giants (84-69) 5-0 last night at Petco Park.  Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7, 3.36) once again dominated the Giants, giving up just two hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings.  In twenty innings this season against San Francisco, Despaigne has given up just one run.

Tim Hudson (9-12, 3.52) lasted just four and a third innings, giving up all five Padres’ runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.  Alexi Amarista started off the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning.  Cameron Maybin then followed that up immediately with a two-run single.  Seth Smith then added the fifth run in the third inning with his RBI double.

This evening the second game of the three game series matches up Andrew Cashner (4-7, 2.20) against Yusmeiro Petit (5-4, 3.64).  First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 pm PDT.  After the game there’s a concert featuring O.A.R., whoever that is.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, trying to wipe the memory from your mind of True Detective losing out on all of those Emmy Awards to Breaking Bad.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (60-70) were blasted 10-1 by the Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) last night.  Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63) was the Stults we all remember from before August, surrendering four runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks.  He also gave up two solo home runs to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

Blaine Boyer relieved Stults and proceeded to pour gasoline on the fire with another four runs in his one and two-thirds innings.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, Alex Torres surrendered the last two Brewers’ runs in his two innings of work.

Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42) gave up just the one Padres’ run on an Alexi Amarista RBI triple in the second, scoring Cameron Maybin.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT has the Friars sending Tyson Ross (11-12, 2.68) to the mound versus Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 4.15).  It’s Taco Tuesday brought to you by Cholula Hot Sauce.  So make sure you fill up on Kotsay Tacos and drown them in Cholula, because Tapatio will NOT be available.  At all.

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