Less than a week to go until Opening Day! For the red-hot Padres, it can’t get here fast enough. At 18-12, the Friars have the best record among NL West teams, rank third in the Cactus League and second among all National League clubs.
The Padres have won 15 of their last 20 after a slow start, hitting .307 over that stretch. On the Spring, San Diego is averaging 5.8 runs and 10.3 hits per game.
With the regular season quickly approaching, the first issue of this year’s Blueprint has been sent off to the printer. Here is a sneak peak at the first cover, featuring both Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin. Both players recently signed contract extensions, ensuring the Padres future down the middle of the diamond.
Opening Day is quickly approaching, with just 24 days until the Padres and Dodgers kick-off the 2012 season at Petco Park. As that magical day nears, we are busy preparing the first issue of the Blueprint.
Distributed over the first two homestands of the 2012 campaign (April 5-12, April 19-26), the first issue will have a 2012 season preview, along with features on new GM Josh Byrnes, the Padres Youth Baseball Initiative, the club’s catching depth, the recent minor league recognition and more.
As always, the Blueprint is distributed for free at the gates and is available online at padres.com/blueprint. Be sure to grab one everytime you come to the game. Feedback is always welcome as well, so feel free to send your comments to email@example.com.
As we wait for Opening Day to arrive, lets see who you want to have featured on the cover of the first issue. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to go with the winner of this poll…but we’ll try our best.
Now to a little baseball news…
The Padres today reassigned five players to minor league camp. Catchers Ali Solis and Eddy Rogriguez, infielder Cory Spangenberg and right-handed pitchers Jorge Reyes and Cory Burns were all reassigned this morning. With the moves, the Padres now have 56 players at Major League Spring Training.
Following today’s series and trip finale in Philadelphia, the Padres return home for a nine-game homestand against three NL West division opponents (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles). Here is who the Friars are scheduled to face over the first two series of that stretch:
ARIZONA (7/26-28): LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Daniel Hudson
COLORADO (7/29-31): RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Juan Nicasio
The Padres are 7-7 combined against the Diamondbacks and Rockies so far this year, including a 3-3 mark at PETCO Park. Remember to pick up your free issue of the Blueprint. Here is a preview of this homestand’s cover:
With Interleague Play wrapping up in the next week or so, we asked some of the Padres who have experience in both leagues to compare the different game styles. Clayton Richard (White Sox/Padres) and Rob Johnson (Mariners/Padres) give their take on having the pitcher hit. Aaron Cunningham (A’s/Padres – currently with Tucson) weighs in on the opportunity that role players are given in the NL. Finally, Bud Black (coached and played in both leagues) shares his thoughts on the strategy that goes into a National League game.
With the 2011 First-Year Player Draft approaching (June 6-8), we asked Padres player what they remember about being drafted and the excitement of hearing their your named called.
You can now check out all Blueprints right on our website. Each issue will be added to the archive following the homestand for which it was made available. We are currently working on getting all 2010 issues up as well.
There are currently four issues up and ready. Check them out!
Here is a peek at the cover for the upcoming June 2-12 homestand, featuring Tim Stauffer. Cameron Maybin will be featured in the June 24-29 issue. If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see in the Blueprint, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Buddy, Head Athletic Trainer Todd Hutcheson’s senegal parrot. Buddy is featured in the latest issue of the Blueprint.
The Pads are wrapping up the road trip with a two-game series that starts tonight in Arizona. Beginning Wednesday, the boys are back for an eight-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers (May 18-19), the “natural rival” Seattle Mariners (May 20-22) and the St. Louis Cardinals (May 23-25).
Here’s a preview of the new Blueprint cover, featuring local boy Aaron Harang.
Remember, it’s free when you come to the game. This issue also features Mike Adams, Dave Roberts and a look back at the 1987 home opener.
We’re currently working on making all issue of the Blueprint available online. As soon as they are ready, you’ll be the first to know.
The Padres left at 11 this morning for the bus ride up to Los Angeles. After the three-game weekend series, the boys are back for a six-game homestand. Here is a sneak peek at the cover for this homestand’s Blueprint (click for full-sized view):