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Say hey, baseball: Padres adding to All-Star offseason

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Tuesday morning's baseball talks All-Star Game in San Diego, the Hall of Fame, and more Max Scherzer.

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The Padres traded for two-time All-Star Matt Kemp. They dealt for Wil Myers, who is the kind of potential cornerstone piece that could represent San Diego in the All-Star Game for years. They brought in All-Star catcher Derek Norris, and are reportedly talking about bringing in three-time All-Star starter Cole Hamels to lead their rotation. It's been a very All-Star offseason for the Padres, who don't always get to send the most exciting players to the midsummer classic given they don't always have exciting players, but it's not over just yet. It turns out that, with the Orioles losing their chance to host the 2016 All-Star Game, the Padres and Petco Park are now the leaders for that honor.

The official announcement isn't coming until January, but it's something of an overdue coup for San Diego. Petco Park opened back in 2004, and while it's hosted concerts, the World Baseball Classic, television filming, parts of the Comic Con experience, and more, it's never hosted an All-Star Game. It's a shame, too, as it's a beautiful park, and the one knock on it for entertainment purposes is a non-issue for an All-Star Game scheduled on east coast time. Petco hinders offense, but it's more of a problem at night, when the coast cools considerably and gives pitchers an advantage. A Home Run Derby starting at 8 pm eastern but 5 pm pacific time won't run into that snafu, hopefully allowing Baseball to avoid another Target Field disaster.

And hey, at this point, you can safely assume the Padres will be able to send quite a few of their own players to the game, which hasn't been the case for far too long.