Matt Kemp

tolo, Bartolo Colon, braves
Team Bartolo moves south to Atlanta! Braves sign Bartolo Colon! *UPDATE: Colon will make $12.5 million in 2017. That’s more than he’s made since he was with the Angels in 2007. **UPDATE #2: See Noah Syndergaard’s reaction to the news of Bartolo’s departure from the Mets at the end of this post. The Atlanta Braves are not kidding around when it comes to their intent on winning in 2017, the year their new stadium will be having its grand opening.  They’ve now made their second signing in two days taking Bartolo Colon off the free agent market. Thursday, the Braves […]

Braves weren’t kidding; Serious about winning in new stadium, sign ...

Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Ichiro Suzuki each left their own mark on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. While each achievement had its own level of significance each one certainly made a mundane Friday afternoon into something a little more exciting. Prior to the start of play on Friday just two teams out of the 30 in baseball today had never had a player hit for the cycle. By the end of the night that number was whittled down to just one. The San Diego Padres were one of those teams, which does seem odd as one would have thought that […]

Harper, Ichiro, Kemp each make their mark on Friday

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When they fired former manager Bud Black yesterday the San Diego Padres made it clear that they were going to find an interim manager for the club within 24-48 hours. Well, they’ve found one already in Pat Murphy, the manager of the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate the El Paso Chihuahuas. Murphy, 56, has been with the Padres organization for the past six years, spending parts of the past three seasons as manager of the Chihuahuas. He joined the organization in 2010 as a special assistant to baseball operations and was managing at Short Class-A Eugene by 2011, where he stayed for […]

Pat Murphy is Padres’ interim manager

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Well this week has been a bit odd around Major League Baseball, no? Maybe it was just that everything that happened Friday night in Texas was completely backwards. No, actually it’s more than that, I think, it really was a very unusual week around MLB. There are always some odd scores here and there and an injury or two but in this week in baseball,  I’m pretty sure everyone thought it was the week of Friday the 13th, seemingly forgetting that it was still only just June 12th. Things were predictable out in Caliornia for the most part. Oakland A’s […]

What an unusual week around MLB!

Bud Black
It could be said that the San Diego Padres are the winners of the 2014-2015 offseason. They’ve taken risks, invested a lot of money, given up some prospects, held on to a few. Yet, first-year GM A.J. Preller has taken one of baseball’s most irrelevant teams, that was ranked dead last in offensive production in 2014, and has succeeded in making them relevant. Will they win the World Series? It’s possible but unlikely. Will they win the National League West? Again, probably not. Could they snag a Wild Card spot? Maybe. A lot of the moves made have been risky […]

Are the San Diego Padres our off-season winners?

In the past, oh day or so, the San Diego Padres have completed the offseason’s biggest blockbuster trade, officially (more like finally) acquired Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and traded a couple of young arms to the Oakland A’s for catcher Derek Norris. Then Friday morning they completed another trade, one that had fans of teams all around the league were hoping that it was their team that was “in serious talks” with the Atlanta Braves about acquiring outfielder Justin Upton. As teams kept getting knocked off the list, It wasn’t the A’s or the Texas Rangers or the Seattle Mariners or […]

Padres’ flurry of trades makes them N.L. West contenders