Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  168 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away somewhere or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an afternoon at work, eyes transfixed to your screen trying to figure out what other Padres are going to be on another team by the 1:00 pm PDT trading deadline.  Then you give up, leave work early, and go drinking.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (48-60) dropped the final game of their three-game series against the St Louis Cardinals (57-50) 6-2 and were denied a series sweep once again.  Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 2.68) was hit hard, giving up all six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The Cardinals’ Shelby Miller (8-8, 4.14) was the winning pitcher after six innings of two-run ball — both runs coming off solo home runs by Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable in the second inning — on three hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

Tonight, the Atlanta Braves come to town for three games starting at 7:10 pm PDT.  Tonight is Wine Fest, which is appropriate, as Eric Stults (3-13, 5.22) is starting for the Friars against the Braves’ Mike Minor (4-6, 5.23).  So get your buzz on before the game.  You’ll likely need it.

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

The Padres (40-51) were defeated by the Colorado Rockies by a score of 6-3 yesterday afternoon.  All six Rockies runs were thanks to home runs, four solo and one two-run.  Neither starter, Eric Stults for the Padres and Jair Jurrjens for the Rockies, figured into the decision.  Joaquin Benoit was the loser after giving up Tulowitzki’s second solo home run and Drew Stubbs‘ two run shot in the eighth inning.

Jake Goebberts hit his first Major League home run in the fourth inning off Jurrjens.  Seth Smith then hit one off on Jurrjens in the fifth.  The Padres tied the score at 3 in the fifth when Chris Denorfia sprinted home on a Jurrjens wild pitch.

The Friars travel to Los Angeles to open a four-game series with the Dogers at Dogers Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm PDT tonight with Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 0.92) taking the hill against Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 1.85).

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

The Padres (40-49) took the first game of their three-game series from the Colorado Rockies (37-53) in Coors Field last night by a score of 6-1.  Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.71) earned the win, pitching seven innings while only surrendering the one Rockies’ run on four hits — one of which was a solo home run by Drew Stubbs for Colorado’s only run — and two walks with nine strikeouts.  Colorado starter Tyler Matzek (1-3, 4.79) got dinged with the loss after giving up five earned runs in his six innings on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Tommy Medica, Rene Rivera, and Cameron Maybin all hit a double in the sixth inning to score two runs.  And Chase Headley hit a two-RBI triple off of the right field wall in the seventh to score Kennedy and Chris Denorfia.  Carlos Quentin then scored Headley with a sac fly to finish up the Padres scoring.

The game was delayed after the seventh inning for 56 minutes thanks to a thunder storm that brought hail, rain, and lightning to the Denver area.

Tonight in Denver the Padres take on the Rockies in the second game of the three-game series at Coors Field.  The Friars’ 2014 All-Star representative (or not) Tyson Ross (7-8, 2.93) takes on Franklin Morales (4-4, 5.51) at 5:40 pm PDT.

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Sometimes the game starts before you can get to the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were driving.

San Diego completed a sweep of the 2-game mini-series with the Mariners, winning the mid-afternoon start 4-1.  Jesse Hahn, who hadn’t pitched more than 6 innings since 2010 when he was in college, worked 7 and got his second major league win for the Padres (31-42). Additionally, and possibly more importantly, the 2-game sweep means San Diego successfully defends the Vedder Cup.  Take that, Seattle (37-36).

Things didn’t initially look like they would turn out that way.  Seattle pushed across an unearned run in the fifth, when Robinson Cano‘s single scored Brad Miller, who made it to second safely thanks to an error by Everth Cabrera.  That score held up as long as Erasmo Ramirez was in the game.  The Mariner right-hander cruised through six, allowing 4 total baserunners. But the vaunted Mariner bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.  Back-to-back triples by Tommy Medica and Cameron Maybin brought the Padres level.  This was the first time San Diego had consecutive 3-baggers since 31 July 2012 in Cincinnati; and the first time they’d turned the trick at Petco.

After that, the Padres piled on.  Carlos Quentin walked and was pinch-run for by Jace PetersonChris Denorfia singled home Maybin.  After the standard Will Venable ground out to first – which this time helpfully moved the runners up 90 feet – Cabrera atoned for his miscue with a 2-run single, effectively putting the game out of reach.  Huston Street earned his 20th save.

San Diego opens a 3-game set with the #Dogers tonight.

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There’s a perception in some circles that the Padres lack offensive talent. This is revisionist history based on the fact that they aren’t hitting. Hey, we’re all susceptible to hindsight bias. There’s no shame in that as long as we recognize it.

Less philosophically, here are the Padres starting eight. For each, I’ve listed age, current OPS (a crude but effective proxy for more precise metrics), pre-2014 career OPS, and several projected OPSs.

Player Age OPS
2014* pre-2014 PECOTA Steamer Oliver ZiPS
Yasmani Grandal 25 645 809 746 749 738 720
Yonder Alonso 27 581 741 732 771 729 727
Jedd Gyorko 25 482 745 758 754 748 731
Everth Cabrera 27 618 672 665 673 696 658
Chase Headley 30 621 765 747 750 723 750
Seth Smith 31 951 798 735 735 702 723
Will Venable 31 576 753 728 765 774 728
Chris Denorfia 33 681 750 704 704 720 707

*Through games of June 4, 2014

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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 (26-30) handed the Chicago White Sox (28-29) a loss yesterday afternoon, 4-2, at US Cellular Field that meant the Friars won a rare road series.  Tyson Ross (6-4, 2.85) surrendered just one earned run on 5 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts in six innings to earn the win.  White Sox starter Andre Rienzo lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Will Venable led the Padres offensively with a 4-for-4 afternoon, including 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Rene Rivera added two doubles of his own along with another RBI.  Chris Denorfia made an rather amazing catch in the fourth inning that — quite frankly — did not look the least bit athletic.  But it got the job done.

The Padres try for the rarest of the rare this season this afternoon at 11:10 am PDT: a sweep on the road.  Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) takes the mound against Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73) before heading back to San Diego for three against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Thanks to johlac66, I got to see my second Padres game of 2014 on Saturday night. Mrs. Ducksnorts and I hung with him and Gaslamp Ball‘s jbox for the evening in a packed Petco Park.

We caught the tail end of Padres batting practice. Dave Roberts was pitching. Andrew Cashner and Cameron Maybin chatted with fans. Maybin, who would later make a ridiculous catch in right-center during the game to rob Junior Lake of extra bases, looks like he’s having fun even in warmups.

Then the Cubs batted. Lake and Mike Olt put on serious power displays. Former Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo worked on hitting the ball to left field, then took some grounders at shortstop for fun. Manager Rick Renteria got a nice round of applause from those who remember his days as a Padres coach and perhaps even as skipper of the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Food: Tri-tip sandwich. Drink: Alesemith Speedway Stout, served on tap at Ryan Bros. Coffee stand. That a 12% ABV beer is poured at Petco Park borders on irresponsible, but I’m not complaining.

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

The Padres (20-23) lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rockies (24-19) last night in Denver.  Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, when Chris Denorfia hit a leadoff triple off the right field wall.  However, the next three batters failed to drive Denorfia in that inning.  Denorfia would eventually score the Padres’ only run in the ninth inning after hitting a double and a scoring on a single by Chase Headley.

Eric Stults pitched very well in his 6 2/3 innings, giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts.  But the Padres offense let him down once again.

Tonight, the Padres will have Robbie Erlin (2-4, 4.22) take the mound versus the Rockies’ Jordan Lyles (5-0, 2.66) at 5:10 pm PDT from Coors Field.

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

The Arizona Diamondbacks (11-22) handed the Padres (13-18) their fourth straight loss last night, 4-3. The Padres were shutout until the 9th inning, when Yasmani Grandal doubled to score Seth Smith and Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run to left field immediately after.

Ian Kennedy (2-4) allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk with 7 strikeouts in his five innings. D-Backs’ starter Brandon McCarthy pitched seven shutout innings on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 6.

This afternoon’s series finale pits Tyson Ross versus Wade Miley on Navy Appreciation Day at 1:10 pm PDT.

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