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

  • How baseball’s tech team built the future of television (The Verge) – Ben Popper pens a long but fascinating piece about the development of MLB.tv and the applications of its technology in non-baseball markets. MLBAM, the entity behind MLB.tv, is now partnered up with the NHL, HBO, and others to deliver content to their viewers. Popper touches on regional blackouts, but only from the technical standpoint. No solution is offered (yeah, I know) for folks such as myself who are legally prohibited from watching their hometown team via the Internet, although there is less-than-satisfying movement on that front. [h/t Sean Lahman]
  • Preller, Padres should build on rebuild (MLB.com) – Barry Bloom discusses the future with A.J. Preller, who admits that “we’re not where we want to be as a group” and teases that Justin Upton’s tenure in San Diego might not end with the season. Bloom also notes that increased television revenue and attendance will help pay for things that the Padres haven’t been able to afford in the past, like a fleet of killer whale submarines. Meanwhile, Christina Kahrl suggests that Padres fans should temper expectations regarding potential waiver wire activity (saying farewell to Will Venable, the last player from the Padres teams I watched on television, might be it). [h/t reader Didi for the Kahrl item]
  • Rea shows promise in big-league debut (U-T) – A possible part of the future is Colin Rea, who doesn’t overwhelm with stuff but who knows how to pitch. His catcher, Austin Hedges, has nice things to say: “Knowing Colin for four or five years now, I couldn’t tell a difference if he was pitching in a low-A game, a Double-A game or a big-league game.” John Sickels also has nice things to say.
  • Kemp completes first cycle in Padres history (Padres.com) – Did you know that nobody had ever hit for the cycle while playing for the Padres? Wow, I did not know that. Now Matt Kemp has done it. I was hoping he would throw a no-hitter, but what are you gonna do. Maybe Rea will do that.
  • Cooperstown Chances: Is Trevor Hoffman a Hall of Famer? (Sporting News) – Graham Womack discusses Hoffy’s candidacy, confirming my fears that he is more likely to be associated with the lesser Lee Smith than with the greater Mariano Rivera and putting his chances at 60 percent. He is Tim Raines to Rivera’s Rickey Henderson. And speaking of great left fielders who played for the Padres (Henderson, not Raines), you’ll want to read Michael Barr’s piece about a painting of Ted Williams.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after Matt Kemp hits for the cycle. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were in shock.

No Padres player had ever hit a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. Until last night, when Matt Kemp hit a home run in the first inning, a single in the third inning, two-out double in the seventh inning, and a triple off the right-center field wall in the ninth inning. Finally, after 45 1/2 seasons, 7,444 games, 361 times when a player came just a hit short (258 of those were a triple short) the Padres had a player hit for the cycle.

Oh, and the Padres (55-61) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (47-67), 9-5.

Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.40) finally received some run support in Denver, but wasn’t able to hold the lead. Ross pitched five innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Nolan Arenado hit a first-inning two-run home run with two outs.

Yohan Flande (2-1, 4.19) surrendered four runs in his six innings on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Besides Kemp’s first inning home run, Derek Norris led off the fifth inning with a solo home run. and Jedd Gyorko connected off Rafael Betancourt for a three-run h0me run with two outs in the seventh inning.

Tonight at 5:10pm PDT at Coors Field, the Padres send Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.09) to the hill against Jon Gray (0-0, 2.70) in the second game of the three game series.

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Everth Cabrera last night became the 344th Padre to get within one hit of hitting for the cycle.

And with his single in the Bottom of the 9th, he became the 344th Padre to come up one hit short.

The Padres have existed since 1969 which makes this the 44th season in franchise history. And in 44 years, not one player has been able to hit a single, double, triple and home run in one game. Not once. In that same time frame, there have been 133 cycles in MLB.

But man have they been close. A few more notable close calls:

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