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Top 5 unforgettable moments at Petco Park

@AJCassavell
January 25, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Since opening in 2004, Petco Park has played host to its share of historic and memorable moments. Here's a look at the top five: 1. Jones' WBC robbery March 18, 2017 Petco Park's most memorable moment came while the Padres -- well, most of them anyway --

Profar, Padres agree on 3-year deal (sources)

@AJCassavell
January 22, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- One of the final pieces in the Padres' intricate offseason puzzle may have just fallen into place. San Diego appears to have bolstered its bench in a big way on Friday, agreeing to a deal to bring back free-agent utility man Jurickson Profar, sources said. The club

The history of Petco's Western Metal building

@AJCassavell
January 22, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Officially, Petco Park opened in 2004. In reality, the first bricks were unknowingly laid nearly a century before that. What's the defining feature at the Padres' downtown yard? The Tony Gwynn statue comes to mind. As does the park beyond the outfield, the right-field deck and the

These are the best SS prospects in baseball

@JonathanMayo
January 26, 2021

MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2021 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29. Leading up to the release of the Top 100, we'll examine baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. If you’re looking for the biggest names among the top 10 by position lists, the red carpet of

What Musgrove deal means for Padres

@AJCassavell
January 20, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Over the past six months, Padres general manager A.J. Preller has swung a decade's worth of blockbuster trades. There are still 10 weeks remaining until Opening Day. Would you dare say that Preller is done? Suffice it to say, Preller is never done. But his quest for

Musgrove seeks 'the ultimate dream' in SD

@AJCassavell
January 19, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Here's a timeless story of a local kid who loved his hometown baseball team. He attended Grossmont High in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon and grew up loving the Padres. He went to games at Qualcomm Stadium, and by the time the team moved to

Each team's best defensive prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
January 21, 2021

At the beginning of the week, we put out our annual All-Defense team, and it contained a lot of familiar faces with a lot of repeat members of the squad. Expanding to a second team allowed more plus defenders to get some due. But we at MLB Pipeline wanted to

Offseason checklist: Padres' needs, moves

@AJCassavell
January 22, 2021

Last winter, the Padres laid the groundwork for their first postseason appearance in 14 years with a shrewd and savvy offseason. They traded for integral pieces like Trent Grisham, Jake Cronenworth and Zach Davies without sacrificing much of their future. The task this offseason feels less daunting. With most of

Why Musgrove is a breakout candidate

@HarriganMLB
January 19, 2021

In recent years, we've seen Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow reach ace status after being traded away from Pittsburgh. Is Joe Musgrove next? With Tuesday's three-team trade official, the right-hander is the newest member of the Padres, three years after he joined the Pirates in the deal that sent Cole

Here are MLB’s 10 best catching prospects

@GoldenSombrero
January 20, 2021

MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2021 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29. Leading up to the release of the Top 100, we'll examine baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. This year’s list of baseball’s 10 best catching prospects is loaded with familiar names.

These are baseball's 10 best LHP prospects

@JimCallisMLB
January 19, 2021

MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2021 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29. Leading up to the release of the Top 100, we'll examine baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. Baseball's 10 best left-handed pitching prospects are coming to big league ballparks soon. Very soon. Brendan McKay (Rays)

Musgrove to Padres in 3-team trade

@AJCassavell
January 19, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Evidently, the Padres weren't done shopping for starting pitching. San Diego landed right-hander Joe Musgrove in a three-team, seven-player deal involving the Mets and Pirates on Tuesday, sending lefty Joey Lucchesi to New York and a package of four prospects headlined by Hudson Head to Pittsburgh. The

Here are the 5 best games by Friars pitchers

@AJCassavell
January 18, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- A week ago, we took a look at the greatest single-game hitting performances in Padres history. Without further ado, these are the five best games for a San Diego pitcher: 5. Jones' 89-minute masterpiece May 4, 1977 Considering the way baseball is currently played, nearly half a

Leitner retires from SD radio after 41 years

@AJCassavell
January 15, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Ted Leitner, for 41 years the beloved play-by-play radio voice of the Padres known as "Uncle Teddy," will transition to the role of team ambassador, moving away from the booth, the team announced Friday. Leitner's radio partner Jesse Agler will assume the role of full-time radio play-by-play

Padres avoid arb with Pham, Lamet, 3 others

@AJCassavell
January 15, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- In his tenure as general manager, A.J. Preller has never been to an arbitration hearing, and that streak will remain intact at least through 2021. On Friday, San Diego agreed to contracts with all five of its remaining arbitration-eligible players, the team announced. According to sources, those

Padres to sign switch-hitting int'l prospect

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 15, 2021

The Padres have a long track record on the international market and the trend is continuing in 2021. According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a deal with shortstop Victor Acosta of the Dominican Republic, No. 19 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List, for $1.8 million.

Leitner moves to Ambassador role with SD

'Uncle Teddy' leaves radio booth after 41 seasons
January 15, 2021

For 41 seasons, Ted Leitner has been an ambassador for the Padres as the radio play-by-play voice of the National League team. Starting today, that ambassador role comes with a capital A. Leitner is transitioning to the role of Padres’ Team Ambassador as he moves away from the radio booth

Weathers revisits 'shock, fun' of MLB debut

@AJCassavell
January 14, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Surely, the Padres would like to forget most of their three-game National League Division Series exit at the hands of the Dodgers in October. But Ryan Weathers managed to provide a highlight worth remembering. The 20-year-old left-hander -- who had never pitched above Class A -- was

Petco Park opens as COVID-19 vaccine site

@AJCassavell
January 12, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's first vaccination "super station" -- located at Petco Park -- is off and running. In collaboration with UCSD Health, the city of San Diego and San Diego county, the Padres and Petco Park are playing host to the city's first COVID-19 vaccination super station, which

Hear from top prospects at Rookie Program

January 15, 2021

Two hundred of baseball's top prospects, representing all 30 teams, participated in the 30th edition of the Rookie Program this week. The joint venture between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association was held virtually after taking place in Miami each of the past two years. Originally held in

SD's top 5 international prospects of all time

@AJCassavell
January 14, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- With one of the youngest rosters in baseball and one of the sport's top farm systems, the Padres envision a bright future for themselves. That bright future, in no uncertain terms, is linked to their international signings. Prospect Luis Patiño and Luis Urías recently netted important pieces

3 SD legends, 3 statues -- and 3 backstories

@AJCassavell
January 13, 2021

Three statues adorn Petco Park -- for three larger-than-life San Diego sports figures. None were yet in place when the ballpark opened in 2004, but they've since become staples of the Petco Park experience. Here's a look at the history -- the men and their legacies -- behind all three

Here is each team's top int'l prospect

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
January 12, 2021

Pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic from its usual date of July 2, MLB's international amateur signing period opens on Friday. Along with the Draft, the international market remains the most cost-effective way to build a winning big league club. The most exciting player in the game today, Fernando Tatis

Here are the best days ever by SD batters

@AJCassavell
January 11, 2021

No, the five greatest single-game hitting performances in Padres history don't belong exclusively to Tony Gwynn (though you could certainly make a case to include about 15 different Gwynn games on this list). Perhaps surprisingly, Gwynn appears only once -- sandwiched between one of the most impactful playoff performances of