mikedeeMike Dee needs to go away.

There, I said it.

In the three years Mike Dee has been the president of the Padres, the amount of public relations screw-ups, oopsies, and outright disasters have far outweighed any good that may have come during his tenure.

From forcing general managers to waste draft picks on alcoholic football players, to naming a part of Petco Park after a reviled figure in baseball, to just straight up screwing the pooch when it comes to fans complaints, Dee’s reign at the top is marked by failure.

Mike Dee needs to be fired.

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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

Spring Training is upon us once again. A time for optimism. A time for learning. A time for critiquing.

The Padres front office has recently been doing interviews where Mike Dee, Ron Fowler, and Peter Seidler all declare their belief in being big believers in belief, despite all apparent evidence to the contrary.

In other words, they have Great Expectations for this season.

What follows is my Padres brain dump for this spring, using select quotes from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations.

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Rick and Chris catch up on all sorts of Padres topics in Episode 31, covering Matt Kemp’s cycle, Jedd Gyorko playing shortstop, the Padres’ manager sitch, and plans for 2016. Catch the fever!

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.

There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.

Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?

It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!

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

The Padres (64-68) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (69-62) last night at Petco Park, 8-4, in a game that saw Matt Kemp come up a triple short of a cycle, three Padres’ players injured, and a straight-up steal of home plate.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts. In the first inning, Prince Fielder hit a two-run home run. Shin-Soo Choo hit an RBI double in the third inning. Yonder Alonso left the game with lower back tightness after that inning. An Elvis Andrus sacrifice fly in the sixth inning added another run. In the seventh inning, Andrus singled with the bases loaded to score three runs. Derek Norris was injured when his arm was caught in the wrong position on Adrian Beltre‘s slide. After Norris was removed, pitcher Shawn Kelley threw one warmup pitch to Austin Hedges and walked off the mound, removing himself after feeling tightness in his forearm. After Kevin Quackenbush came in and faced Will Venable at the plate, Andrus stole home.

Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.27) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts over five innings. A Kemp double in the third inning scored Yangervis Solarte and Brett Wallace. In the fifth inning, Kemp hit a two-run home run. Jedd Gyorko‘s RBI single and Hedges sacrifice fly scored two more in the ninth inning.

The series wraps up tonight at 7:10pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94) taking on Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.89).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (63-67) finally scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (52-79), 9-4, at Citizens Bank Park yesterday, avoiding a season series sweep.

James Shields (10-6, 3.78) pitched seven innings while allowing one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Cameron Rupp hit a solo home run with two outs in the second inning. Odrisamer Despaigne pitched two innings and gave up the other three Phillies’ runs. Cesar Hernandez‘s RBI triple and Aaron Altherr‘s RBI single added two in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Andres Blanco tripled to lead off and Cody Asche ground out to score Blanco.

Alec Asher (0-1, 6.35) gave up four runs in five and two-thirds innings on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run with one out in the first inning. In the third inning, Justin Upton hit a solo home run with two outs. Shields helped his own cause with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. In the eighth inning, pinch-hit RBI singles from Clint Barmes and Brett Wallace and an RBI single from Derek Norris added on. And Melvin Upton Jr. added the final run in the ninth inning with an RBI single.

The Texas Rangers come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) takes the mound versus Colby Lewis (14-6, 4.38)

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

The Padres (61-64) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (63-61), 8-3, last night in the first of three games at Nationals Park.

James Shields (9-6, 3.89) threw 121 pitches in just five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run with two outs in the second inning. After being relieved by Marc Rzepczynski in the sixth with two outs and one base runner, Bryce Harper appeared to ground to first base to end the inning. The umpire called it foul however after Harper feigned like the ball hit his foot. Harper drew a walk. Rzepczynski was taken out in favor of Bud Norris, who then walked Yunel Escobar. Ryan Zimmerman then came up and hit a Grand Slam. Pat Murphy stewed over the Harper call for about a half-inning before he was tossed in the top of the seventh inning.

Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.14) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. Jedd Gyorko was the Padres’ entire offense, hitting a two-run home run off Strasburg with no outs in the second inning and a solo shot with two outs in the seventh inning.

Tonight at 4:05pm PDT, Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.92) takes the mound versus Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending a Sunday afternoon at the Gameday Sports Bar & Grill at Sycuan Casino. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (56-62) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (48-68) yesterday, 5-0, in the final game of a three-game set at Coors Field.

Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Rockies scored three unearned runs with two outs in the seventh. Nolan Arenado reached on an error by Derek Norris, who was playing at first base. Ben Paulsen doubled. DJ LeMahieu was intentionally walked. A double by Michael McKenry cleared the bases and drove in Arenado, Paulsen, and LeMahieu. Even though replays clearly showed Austin Hedges tagged LeMahieu at the plate, the call was not reversed.

Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99) threw a complete game shutout — the first shutout by a Rockies’ starter since Tyler Matzek beat (you guessed it) the Padres, 3-0 on September 5, 2014 — with five hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. The only real threat from the Padres came in the sixth inning, when Rusin loaded the bases with two outs. Facing Jedd Gyorko, the second base umpire called a balk on Rusin and Norris came in to score. But, then the umpires got together and decided it was not a balk and the 1-0 count to Gyorko never happened. Pat Murphy was ejected trying to get an explanation of what happened.

The Friars return home to Petco Park and take on the Atlanta Braves (53-64) for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Colin Rea (1-0, 5.40) goes against Williams Perez (4-3, 4.21) in his second Major League start.

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

The Padres (56-61) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (47-68) last night at Coors Field, 7-5.

Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.20) gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings. Carlos Gonzalez ground-out in the first inning to score Charlie Blackmon. In the third inning, Nolan Arenado‘s two-run single plated Jon Gray and Jose Reyes. Cashner started the sixth inning, but walked Gonzalez and Arenado singled. Pat Murphy brought in Marc Rzepczynski who proceeded to let both runners advance on a wild pitch. A Ben Paulsen sacrifice fly brought Gonzalez in to score. Bud Norris then replaced Rzepczynski. DJ LeMahieu singled and Arenado was called out after the ball hit him as he ran to third base. LeMahieu stole second base, reaching third base on an error, and then scored on former Padre Nick Hundley‘s single to left field.

Gray (0-0, 2.40) shut the Padres down in his five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss pulled Gray after just 69 pitches. And that’s when the Padres struck. The Friars scored three runs off reliever Gonzalez Germen in the sixth inning on a Justin Upton RBI single and Jedd Gyorko‘s two-run double. In the ninth inning, Melvin Upton Jr. reached on a throwing error by Hundley, bringing Derek Norris home. Pinch-hitter Brett Wallace then singled to score Cory Spangenberg, who reached on a pinch-hit bunt single. Upton Jr. then scored on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly.

This afternoon Ian Kennedy (7-10, 4.37) starts the final game of the three-game series at Coors Field against Chris Rusin (3-5, 4.43). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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

  • Tyson Ross on His Walk Rate (FanGraphs) – Eno Sarris chatted with Ross, who notes that “hitters are just a little more patient with me. The slider maybe isn’t as enticing for guys to chase, or maybe they’re just more aware of it, and they’re just trying to lay off it.” Sarris also talked to Justin Upton and Will Venable about the challenges of hitting at whatever the ballpark in San Francisco is called these days. Good stuff, as always.
  • Stock Watch: Padres’ Giron breaking out (MiLB.com) – With A.J. Preller having sold the farm in an attempt to make the big club relevant again, there hasn’t been a lot of good news on the minor-league front. As Jake Seiner notes, Fort Wayne shortstop Ruddy Giron might be the exception. Just 18 years old, Giron has lit up the Midwest League and drawn praise from TinCaps hitting coach Morgan Burkhart, who says, “He doesn’t look like a power hitter, but the bat path is so good and he has so much bat speed.” Hopefully Preller hasn’t traded him for Chase Utley by the time you read this. [h/t reader LynchMob]. Also on the farm, right-hander Colin Rea is opening some eyes at Double-A San Antonio. In sadder news, Civic Stadium, former home of the then-Padres affiliate Eugene Emeralds, burned down on Monday. Venable has fond memories of the place.
  • We’re Seeing More Strikeouts, But It Takes Many More Pitches To Get Them (FiveThirtyEight) – Rob Arthur examines rising strikeout rates. Among his many findings: “With the revelation that pitchers gradually decline every time they go through the order, there has been a shift toward pulling starters before their performance begins to tumble.” So yeah, the 12-man pitching staff that we’ve all grown to despise ain’t going away any time soon. [h/t reader Keith]
  • Sunday Notes: SABR 45 Snapshots, Spray Charts, Roe (FanGraphs) – David Laurila’s recap of the recently concluded SABR convention in Chicago is filled with goodies. There’s even more fun stuff at the SABR web site. I’m particularly jealous that Cecila Tan got to hang out with REM’s Mike Mills.
  • Murphy learning on the fly at helm of Padres (MLB.com) – Interim manager Pat Murphy shares some thoughts on the latest chapter in his illustrious baseball career: “I think as you get more comfortable, you learn a little more. I don’t know how these things are supposed to go. But I have had an open mind and have tried to learn everything I can. But it still comes down to playing winning baseball.” Winning would be good since according to Dave Cameron (and it’s hard to argue the point), “this might be their only chance for quite a while,” which makes staying positive a challenge for fans.