Four years ago, I started a project out of, quite frankly, spite and disappointment.

I now feel a responsibility to maintain this thing I started.

Because the Padres Twittersphere is an ever-evolving entity. Players and people leave, sometimes even of their own accord. Some who have stayed have changed their Twitter usage to not be all that interesting of a follow anymore. Still others just seem to have given up the medium altogether.

Some do a bit of all of that, sailing off into the distance in silence, like a sailboat in the night.

So, here we are. The fourth iteration of my “Padres Must-Follow” Twitter list.

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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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Exactly 364 days ago, I compiled a list of all of the Twitter accounts that Padres’ fans should be following. It did not come without controversy, as I had complaints from people who thought they should be on it throughout the course of the year.

I updated it in January, adding some and removing others. Since then the Padres made moves on and off the field, changing who should and shouldn’t be on the list.

I have updated it once again. Some accounts are gone, others have been added. Some are still not on it.

To be honest, some of these accounts I don’t follow. On @GhostofRAK, that is. However, I’ve included them because they have some connection to the Padres or Padres’ fans that might interest you.

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“What’s the fish today?” he asks. Call him Joel. We’re in the dining car, south of San Luis Obispo.

The Padres fired their GM, Josh Byrnes, a few weeks ago. The new owners inherited Byrnes from the old owners, who never actually owned the team. Ergo, adios.

“Tilapia,” says the attendant. Joel orders the steak, as does his wife.

The team hasn’t found a new GM yet. That hasn’t stopped anyone from cleaning house.

“Ti-LA-pia!” Joel chews the word, spits it on the table, like Lasorda saying “Be-VA-cqua!”

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The San Diego Padres have been in the spotlight quite a bit of late, as the recent trades of Huston Street and Chase Headley as well as the firing of Josh Byrnes and the (very public) search for his replacement have garnered national attention. Sometimes, even with stories that produce league-wide shockwaves, minor – and not so minor – details are glossed over. We must not gloss over those details.

(Trevor Gott Here)

Trevor Gott was a pitcher in the Padres organization, drafted in the sixth-round of the 2013 draft. He’s now a pitcher in the Los Angeles Angels organization, as he was dealt along with Huston Street to the Angels last week for a quartet of prospects.

I’ve read at least three or four articles on this deal that failed to even mention Gott’s involvement in it. It’d be one thing to overlook Gott if the Padres had brought back a blue-chip prospect or two, but they didn’t. Baseball Prospectus ranked the Angels system dead-last in the majors for the second consecutive year back in February. Further, the Angels were one of only two teams (the Milwaukee Brewers) not represented at least once on BP’s top 101 prospects list. Baseball America concurred on the state of the system, although Taylor Lindsay (93rd) did narrowly crack its top 100.

That isn’t to say the Padres didn’t acquire some nice pieces for Street, a 30-year-old closer on a team that produces relief pitchers by the dozen, can’t score runs, and might not be competitive for a year or two.

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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 (41-55) started off the proverbial “second half of the season” in much the same way they ended the first half, losing to the New York Mets (46-50) by a score of 5-4.  Joaquin Benoit gave up a run to the Mets in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie.  The Padres were then shutout in their half of the inning to end the game.

Ian Kennedy gave up four runs quickly in the first inning, then settled down to pitch five innings with six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.  Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon also pitched five innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Before the game the Padres called up Chris Nelson from AAA El Paso to replace Irving Falu, who was reclaimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.  Nelson went 2-for-4 with a RBI and had a couple of nice plays at second base.

After the game the Padres announced Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott were traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for four minor leaguers:  Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris.

Tonight at 5:40 pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) taking the mound following his non-appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday against the Mets and Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56).  It’s Andrew Cashner Camo Replica Jersey Night for all in attendance.

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Except when it doesn’t.

So, Huston Street and Tyson Ross are your San Diego Padres 2014 All-Stars, although Ross will not play having started on Sunday.  Street was named to replace Ross on the active All-Star roster.

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The Padres wanted us to write-in Seth Smith on our All-Star ballots this year. Because his name wasn’t on the ballot and everyone else sucked.

Last week, I explored possible replacements for Ross on the All-Star roster this year.  Seeing as how Smith was denied not chosen, that got me thinking:  When was the last time a position player from the Padres started an All-Star game?

The last time a position player actually started the All-Star Game was 1998 at Coors Field in Denver, when Tony Gwynn was voted in by the fans.  Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, Trevor Hoffman, and Greg Vaughn joined Gwynn as All-Star reserves.

1998?  That long ago?  Have the Padres really sucked that bad?  Well, yes and no.  Part of the problem with having the fans vote is players that get national attention tend to get the most votes.  And the Padres have rarely gotten national attention since 1998.  Not for anything positive, that is.

Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing, just that’s the way it is.

So, what happened between 1998 and today?  How many players have been All-Stars since?

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Maybe. No he’s not. Yeah, he is. I’m so confused!

It’s been quite the exciting week for Tyson Ross.  Last Wednesday, he pitched the first complete game shutout of his career in a win over the Cincinnati Reds.  Thursday, he joined Twitter.

And Sunday, he was named to his first National League All-Star team as the Padres’ lone representative.

Wait–What?  Tyson Ross?  What happened to Huston Street?  Or Seth Smith?  Why was Ross selected over either of them?  This was originally going to be what this was all about.  I was going to wow you with stats and magic.  And you would all eat it up.

Then, Monday, Ross decided he’d rather not participate in the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, announcing he will make his scheduled start for the Padres next Sunday.  Which then would rule him out to appear in the All-Star Game.

Don’t get me wrong.  I fully support naming Ross an All-Star.  Especially when you look at his numbers (except win/loss record, of course), which we’ll do in a second.  And I applaud him for thinking of his actual team first.  He just as easily could have told Bud Black to find someone else to start Sunday.

But now the question is, once again:  Who’s your All-Star?

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub listening to the dulcet tones of Matt Vasgersian and dreaming of a day when he would triumphantly return to the Padres to take his rightful place back from Dick Enberg in the television broadcast booth.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (39-48) had their five-game winning streak snapped on national TV last night with a 5-3 loss in ten innings to the San Francisco Giants (48-39).  Huston Street blew his first save in 24 chances when he gave up a game-tying ninth-inning home run to Michael Morse.  Brandon Belt then hit a 2-run home run off of Dale Thayer in the tenth inning to give the Giants their final lead of the evening.

Odrisamer Despaigne walked four batters as he struggled a little with his control. He allowed two hits and one run with two strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision.  Tim Hudson faced the minimum through the first five innings of his six innings, allowing three hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts.

This afternoon Jesse Hahn takes on Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the third and final game of the series.  Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band are performing a post-game concert, so we can expect to see a lot of Gary Sinise during the Fox Sports San Diego broadcast.  Because those of us who aren’t able to be there want to see a lot of promotion for a concert we likely can’t see.

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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 (35-47) started the second half of the season on a high note, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks (35-49) by a score of 2-1.  Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 0.66) logged his second win to start his Major League career, pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up just the one run on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

Cameron Maybin and Alexi Amarista each knocked in a run in the fourth inning against Diamondbacks’ starter Mike Bolsinger; Maybin with a double to score Chase Headley and Amarista with a sacrifice fly to score Tommy Medica.

Huston Street pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 21st save.

Tonight Jesse Hahn (3-1, 2.98) takes the hill against former Padre Mat Latos (1-0, 2.89) at 7:10 pm PDT at PETCO Park.

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