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Rich Ohrnberger : Hometown Hero


Rich Ohrnberger didn't have time to be nervous. Once he saw that Chargers center Nick Hardwick had suffered a neck injury in the first quarter of Sunday's playoff game against the Bengals, it was right to work. "Just a few practice snaps on the sidelines, and that was pretty much it," said Ohrnberger, 27, who starred at East Meadow High School. But Ohrnberger, playing in his first career playoff game, did a terrific job in place of Hardwick, regarded as one of the top centers in football. He helped the Chargers rush for 196 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-10 win over the Bengals.

Donavan Tate a No-Show at Camp


Tate, the outfielder signed by the Padres for $6.5 million as the No. 3 overall pick of 2009, informed the club that he would not be reporting on time with the rest of the minor league position players.

With New Owners, Padres Bullish on Future

The Padres’ payroll will rise next season — it was less than $56 million this year — but Byrnes said the team’s priority would be to keep its own players, rather than splurge for free agents. Tyler Kepner - New York Times Bats Blog

"There are a lot of great pitchers that have never thrown a no-hitter," Coleman said, "and some of...


"There are a lot of great pitchers that have never thrown a no-hitter," Coleman said, "and some of the guys who have thrown no-hitters were not the greatest pitchers."

New York Times

UT San Diego firing columnist Tim Sullivan takes "dumbing down product for readers" to embarrassing...

UT San Diego firing columnist Tim Sullivan takes "dumbing down product for readers" to embarrassing low. Owner dumber than readers. Scott Miller - CBS Sports

Ownership limbo, ugly start, TV issues -- yep, state normal for Padres


They lost one game to the Dodgers despite taking 10 walks (plus a hit batter). They've lost while striking out 18 times, also against the Dodgers. They've bunted into a (disputed) triple play. They've played abysmal defense, committing a major-league high 22 errors. Their pitchers lead the majors with 86 walks (through Wednesday), and it's not even close -- the Dodgers and Blue Jays, next closest, check in with 72. Through 19 games, these Padres rival those 1974 Padres (6-13) for bad starts. That was the club that provoked Kroc, and one of the more outrageous moments in a history stocked with them. -SCOTT MILLER; CBS Sports

Bush was involved in three accidents on day of his DUI

Rays minor league pitcher Matt Bush got in a previous hit-and-run accident three hours before police arrested him in North Port Mar. 22 for a DUI-hit-and-run crash, according to Venice Police records. Bush is in Charlotte County jail facing seven charges stemming from his North Port crash, which occurred around 5 p.m. and resulted in serious injuries for 72-year-old motorcyclist Tony Tufano. When arrested, Bush had told police he also hit a pole earlier that day in Sarasota, but didn’t mention a third crash in Venice that happened first.

Moorad Paid Himself 7 Figure Salary


Darren Smith ‏ @DSmithShow Sources: Jeff Moorad paid himself / was paid a seven figure salary w #Padres. Is he still getting paid?

Moorad Stepping Down


Jeff Moorad’s tenure as chief executive officer of the Padres has ended. Team President Tom Garfinkel will become the baseball’s club’s CEO on an interim basis.

The Meaning of 600 Saves


Most saves of more than one inning (since 1994): 1. Mariano Rivera, 116 2. Keith Foulke, 55 3. Trevor Hoffman, 52 4. Danny Graves, 49 5. Jason Isringhausen, 42 Still, questions persist: Why are closers so limited? Why do they almost exclusively pitch one inning? Is it because, after much study and observation, everyone in the game realized that one-inning closers are more effective at holding leads than multiple-inning guys? Maybe, but I doubt it. The numbers I've seen strongly suggest that teams are blowing late-inning leads at exactly the same rate they did in the the 1980s and the 1970s and the 1950s and so on. Is it because hitters are so much better and the only way to counter that improvement is with a one-inning closer? Joe Posnanski @Joe Blogs

Towers for GM of the Year

The improved team has a persona that's grittier, a lineup that's less strikeout prone and bullpen that's deeper and better. Towers doesn't want to accept any plaudits, declining through a team spokesman to comment for a story to praise him because he figures it's a team effort. But Hall said flat out about Towers, "He is the architect of an extremely competitive team that has resulted in arguably the most impressive and unthinkable turnaround in our game this season.'' Jon Heyman; Sports Illustrated

3rd-Longest Hitless Streak in Padres History


2B Orlando Hudson's RBI single in the sixth inning of the Padres' 8-3 loss at San Francisco on Monday night ended the third-longest hitless streak in Padres history. Hudson had gone 0-for-34 dating to a home run against the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda on Aug. 30. Shortstop Tommy Dean went hitless in 42 straight at-bats from July 6, 1970 to May 4, 1971. Infielder Phil Stephenson had a 35 at-bat hitless streak from July 26 to Oct. 2, 1992.

Padres name ex-Clinton aide, Defense official as VP


A former top official at the White House and Department of Defense has been named senior vice president for public affairs for the San Diego Padres, the team announced Monday. Sarah Farnsworth will oversee communications, community relations and military affairs for the Padres.

Hundley Batting .318 at Petco this Year

C Nick Hundley led off the second inning Tuesday with his second home run in as many at-bats, a drive over the center field fence off Giants rookie LHP Eric Surkamp. Hundley is hitting .318 at Petco Park this season with five homers and 14 RBI in 107 at-bats. The average is currently the highest single-season mark by a Padre with more than 100 at-bats at Petco Park since the downtown San Diego facility opened in 2004. Los Angeles Times

Pete Rose and the Padres

Looking at this picture is a trip. Every baseball fan knows that Pete Rose never played for the Padres, so why the hell is Charlie Hustle wearing a Padres cap?

20 Most Productive Hitters of 2010


Baseball-Reference lists the hitters with the highest ratio of WAR to plate appearances. Guess who came in at #5

Yahoo Sports - A Fan's Take on the 2011 Padres

I, like other San Diego Padre fans, agonized over the team's collapse late last year, as they went 14-23 and lost the divisional crown on the final day of the season. Looking ahead to 2011, the Padres still have one best starting rotations in all of baseball, and this strength will once again make them a viable contender to win the National League West.

Polo Grounds and its Former Tenants Emerge from the Shadows

"Everything about the Giants gets short shrift," said Peter Magowan, the former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, who grew up in New York and attended his first Giants game at the Polo Grounds in 1950. "It was unique and very quirky. It was a great old ballpark." Remembrances of the Polo Grounds, as a ballpark and a football stadium, move into the forefront this weekend. Its most famous tenant will make a triumphant return, and a lesser-known one will be playing for a spot in a league championship game. On Friday and Saturday, the San Francisco Giants bring their World Series trophy — and Willie Mays — to New York on an ancestral tour that includes a visit to Public School 46, near the Polo Grounds site. NY TIMES

Giants Bring Trophy To NY For A Visit

On Jan. 21, Baer said, the Giants plan to take the trophy to P.S. 46 in Manhattan, near the site where the Polo Grounds once stood. Mays, who starred there at the beginning of his career, will come along. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the next day, the Giants will display the trophy at the Hilton New York, where fans can have their photograph taken with it. From 3 to 5 p.m., the trophy will visit Finnerty’s in the East Village, which calls itself the largest San Francisco Giants bar in New York. NEW YORK TIMES

A Battle To Lure NFL back To Los Angeles

Eric P. Grubman, executive vice president of the N.F.L., said the league could not begin to negotiate a possible move for a team until it reached a new labor contract with players; the current one expires at the end of this season. Still, he suggested that the N.F.L. was intrigued by both proposals. New York Times

Padres add Frandsen, Quiroz with Minor league Deals

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday the team was looking for options for the bench. On Wednesday, the Padres might have found two in infielder Kevin Frandsen and catcher Guillermo Quiroz. The Padres have signed Frandsen and Quiroz to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.

Fan Sues Stadium Security After Going Blind

He says he was sucker-punched by another fan and should have been protected

Clayton Richard Winter Baseball Clinic

For $30 a pop, kids from grades one to eight were given the chance to learn from Richard, college-experienced players, all-state honorees and college coaches. The proceeds from the event were given to the McCutcheon baseball program. Photos HERE

In Pitching’s New Era, Son Makes Father Smile

"I never got to sleep," Chris Lincecum said. "At 6 o’clock the next morning, I was still up. I remember every now and then, I’d be walking down the hall and just go, ‘Yeah!’ It really struck me: he just won the World Series. He won two of the four games. I’m still floating." New York Times

Chargers: Look At Petco Failure

"Padres attendance is worse than it was at Qualcomm, even though the team had a great 2010 season and is slashing ticket and concession prices. So why do the Chargers want a stadium a stone’s throw from Petco, which is not working out for the Padres?" Don Bauder- San Diego Reader

Sliding Into Second, Even In Winter


New York Times story and slideshow about Snow Days at Jacobs Field Story Here


NFL Parity Myth

Free Agency came about in 1975 and supposedly destroyed the competitive balance in MLB. We always hear about how the NFL does a much better job with league parity, but is that really true? Let's...

If the Padres can't afford to hold on to the one really dependable piece of their- pardon the...

If the Padres can't afford to hold on to the one really dependable piece of their- pardon the expression- "offense," they should use what remains of their revenue-sharing money to close up shop. Yankee fans and Mets fans- among others- are subsidizing little league teams in San Diego, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. If their owners are not going to use OUR money to maintain competitive teams, they should hand it back to the owners of OUR teams.

Philly fans boo Spectrum wrecking ball. Too funny!!! Weakest wrecking ball ever; like Monty Burns...


Philly fans boo Spectrum wrecking ball. Too funny!!! Weakest wrecking ball ever; like Monty Burns throwing a punch.

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