Black talks about Kemp/Upton, Kennedy, Alonso, Gyorko, Petco Park, etc.

buddy 3.1.15Bud Black talked about the influence Matt Kemp and Justin Upton are having on the Padres, Yonder Alonso’s offense, Ian Kennedy’s rehab program, Jedd Gyorko’s return to the starting lineup, the vibe at Petco Park and Jackie Robinson Day Wednesday during his pre-game media conference before the 6:10 finale of the Padres’ first homestand of the season. (more…)

Black says Padres fans will be seeing a lot of Solarte

IMG_4575Yangervis Solarte will be starting his fourth straight game Tuesday and his third straight at second base for Jedd Gyorko.

The emergence of the switch-hitting Venezuelan was one of the first topics discussed by Padres manager Bud Black during his pre-game media session. (more…)

Buddy breaks with tradition when it comes to Nieves, Venable

2.21 buddyBud Black started Monday’s pre-game media conference by making mention of a tradition he has – that apparently ended Sunday.

“Hit a home run and start the next day,” was Black’s tradition.

Well, both Wil Nieves (grand slam) and Will Venable homered Sunday. And neither are in the lineup for Monday’s opener of a three0game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park (7:10 p.m.; TV: FSSD; Radio: 1090-AM). (more…)

Bud Black discusses Jake Peavy, Wil Nieves, Yangervis Solarte, etc.

IMG_4573On Saturday, the Giants-Padres pitching matchup was World Series hero Madison Bumgarner against Padres’ ace James Shields.

Pairings like that don’t come along all the time. But on Sunday afternoon, there was another special pitching matchup for the Padres family. (more…)

Black looks forward to Saturday’s Shields-Bumgarner pairing

buddy 3.1.15Bud Black looks forward to every game.

But there are games. And then there are GAMES.

And Saturday evening at Petco Park (5:40 p.m., TV: FSSD; Radio 1090-AM) is one of those GAMES. (more…)

Padres promote Rearick, Maurer as Kennedy goes on D.L.

IMG_4573The Padres placed Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list, optioned relief pitcher Nick Vincent to Triple-A El Paso and promoted relief pitchers Chris Rearick and Brandon Maurer from the Chihauhuas Friday before facing the San Francisco Giants and Tim Lincecum at Petco Park (7:05 p.m., TV: FSSD; Radio: 1090-AM). (more…)

Padres Roster Moves, 4/10/15

sdThe team announced today that they have made the following roster moves:

Placed RHP Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Kennedy’s 2015 and career Major League statsLeft yesterday’s game in the 3rd inning with a left hamstring strain. (more…)

Black feels the “vibe” before Padres home opener

IMG_4659Bud Black held his first pre-game media session of the season Thursday afternoon before the Padres home opener at Petco Park.

Among the topics discussed by Black was the vibe around San Diego regarding the Padres, Derek Norris – both behind the plate and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup – and where some of the rehabbing pitchers are in their efforts to return to the Padres. (more…)

Thoughts on the home opener, Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross, etc.

opening day paintI arrived at Petco Park at 10 this morning.

There wasn’t anything to do yet. But it’s the Padres home opener. It felt good just to sit down in the park and take in all the scenery that had been missing since the end of last season – while awaiting to view the new scenery. (more…)

(More) Baseball Movies to Get You Ready for Opening Day

major-league-movieby Jesse Agler

This morning I was settling back into the office at Petco Park after six weeks in Arizona and stumbled upon this tweet from The Hollywood Reporter:



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