1:16 PM EST, Thu March 04, 2021
14 hours ago

Padres optimistic on Dinelson Lamet’s health after bullpen

He’s not back to full-bore yet, but so far, it’s been all green lights for San Diego Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet  this spring. According to MLB.com, Lamet threw 15 pitches in a simulate game on Tuesday and hit 96 MPH with his fastball. Of course, the question is the impact of his slider on the […] Padres optimistic on Dinelson Lamet’s health after bullpen - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
20 hours ago

Padres get more bad news on the Jose Castillo front

At just 25 years old, it’s not the end of the road for Jose Castillo. But another injury setback is hardly something he or the San Diego Padres wanted to see from him this spring. In a sim game this week in Arizona, Castillo came off the mound after just a half-dozen pitches after experiencing […] Padres get more bad news on the Jose Castillo front - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 2, 2021

Padres could have a primetime slugger in prospect Robert Hassell

If Monday was your first exposure to Padres outfield prospect Robert Hassell, it’s safe to say he made quite the first impression. Hassell, the eighth overall pick in last summer’s draft, is in big league camp at age 19 – having never played at a professional level given the cancellation of last year’s MiLB season. So […] Padres could have a primetime slugger in prospect Robert Hassell - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 2, 2021

Padres: Austin Nola played through a fractured foot last summer

One of the biggest critiques of today’s professional athlete is that they’re ‘soft’. They take too many days off, sit out with minor injuries and are perfectly content putting their needs ahead of their team’s. Yeah, so San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola is most definitely not one of those guys. A new report from The Athletic […] Padres: Austin Nola played through a fractured foot last summer - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 2, 2021

Padres hoping Tommy Pham can get back on track this year

When the San Diego Padres traded Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards and a player to be named later that wound up being Esteban Quiroz to Tampa Bay in late 2019, Tommy Pham was the main piece coming back in the deal. But last season, he didn’t perform like the center piece of that trade. Rather, the spotlight […] Padres hoping Tommy Pham can get back on track this year - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 1, 2021

Padres: Chris Paddack dominates in Cactus League opener

No matter what Chris Paddack does this season, the San Diego Padres are a very good team. But if he can get back to what made him so successful two years ago, they’re not just good – they’re a legitimate World Series contender. Paddack got the ball for San Diego to kick off the Cactus […] Padres: Chris Paddack dominates in Cactus League opener - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 28, 2021

Padres got an insane five-year run from Adrian Gonzalez

You wouldn’t think a mere five years would be a long enough span for a player to etch his name into a franchise’s record books. But Adrian Gonzalez and his tenure with the San Diego Padres suggests otherwise. Gonzalez, still just 38 years of age, spent from 2006 to 2010 with the Friars, earning three […] Padres got an insane five-year run from Adrian Gonzalez - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 26, 2021

Padres will let Yu Darvish unleash his 11-pitch arsenal as he pleases

Yu Darvish has perhaps the most extensive arsenal of pitches of any starting pitcher in the league. The San Diego Padres are well aware of that fact and will, rightfully, let the big right-hander call the shots when it comes to how he attacks hitters this season. After watching Darvish come into his own as […] Padres will let Yu Darvish unleash his 11-pitch arsenal as he pleases - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 26, 2021

Padres: Three big name trade targets AJ Preller could be eyeing

The best part of covering the San Diego Padres? Never knowing what AJ Preller might pull out of his hat on any given day. Earlier this week, there was speculation (totally unconfirmed to this point) that Preller might have another blockbuster in the works. So far, nothing has come of it. But most of the […] Padres: Three big name trade targets AJ Preller could be eyeing - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 26, 2021

Padres: Larry Rothschild says MacKenzie Gore is back on track

While the San Diego Padres currently enjoy an embarrassment of pitching depth, even without the injured Mike Clevinger, you can’t ever have too many arms. Knowing as much – especially with the team preparing for an extra 100-plus games as opposed to what they had last time around, starting pitching will be integral if San […] Padres: Larry Rothschild says MacKenzie Gore is back on track - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 25, 2021

Padres are eyeing Adrian Morejon for needed rotation depth

A major storyline to follow not only for Padres fans but MLB fans everywhere this season will be how pitching staffs hold up while readjusting to the grind that comes with 162 games. Few teams are better positioned to transition back than San Diego, which spent the offseason rebuilding and overhauling the starting rotation. They […] Padres are eyeing Adrian Morejon for needed rotation depth - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 25, 2021

Padres: Trevor Bauer says he’s coming for Manny Machado

This Padres-Dodgers rivalry is shaping up to be the best in baseball. Los Angeles, which has had a stranglehold on the NL West for nearly a decade, brought San Diego back to earth in the closing days of the offseason, signing reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer to a record-breaking three-year contract. Of […] Padres: Trevor Bauer says he’s coming for Manny Machado - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 24, 2021

Padres Rumors: Is a Josh Hader blockbuster about to play out?

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, right? That’s what Padres fans are hoping. Speculation on Twitter ranging from a trade for Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader to packages including Lorenzo Cain or former NL MVP Christian Yelich are swirling – putting Friar Faithful on the edge of their seats tonight. Is AJ Preller done? #Padres “I’m […] Padres Rumors: Is a Josh Hader blockbuster about to play out? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 24, 2021

Padres are built to weather any storm thrown their way

You can tell by how the Padres handled their business this winter: they’re all about versatility and guys wearing multiple hats heading into 2021. Look at the roster. On any given day, you could see Jurickson Profar or Jake Cronenworth in the infield or the outfield. Backup catcher Victor Caratini is a switch-hitter who’s more […] Padres are built to weather any storm thrown their way - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Feb 23, 2021

Padres: All aboard the hype train in San Diego

The sun is shining, Fernando Tatis Jr. will be with the Padres for the next 14 years and San Diego has its eyes on the its first World Series championship in the not-so-distant future. Life is good. Seriously, I don’t know that any fanbase in Major League Baseball has more to be excited about than Padres […] Padres: All aboard the hype train in San Diego - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More