Padres pitchers, catchers report for spring training

Derek Norris, Andrew Cashner, and Randy Jones

Padres pitchers, catchers report for spring training – San Diego Union-Tribune
Padres pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday for what figures to be a much more reserved spring. Twelve months ago, much of baseball, including people in San Diego, was making grand proclamations about the “winner of the offseason.” Flash forward to the present, and the Padres have reverted to the role of underdog.

Kemp looks for better team chemistry in ’16 –
Outfielder Matt Kemp indicated Thursday that chemistry may well have been one issue that derailed the Padres in 2015.

Not bad chemistry, mind you, but more a lack of chemistry, the result of the team adding so many new players — Kemp among them — during general manager A.J. Preller’s first offseason with the team last winter.

Corey Brock on Start of Padres Spring Training and How Andy Green Prepared – Mighty 1090 (audio)’s Corey Brock chatted with Darren Smith about the start of Padres spring training, a different buzz and expectation, Matt Kemp and how Andy Green prepared for his first gig as skipper.

Rodney eyes rebound in 1st year with Padres –
Rodney is looking forward to another chance to prove himself after a disastrous 2015 — as he was designated for assignment by Seattle in August after posting a 5.68 ERA with six blown saves.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco talks about his plans for the offseason
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco talks with Marty Caswell about the state of the Chargers current roster, if they’ve started talks with unrestricted free agent Antonio Gates, future at the center position and preparation for the NFL combine.


Ex-Charger Weddle lists factors to job hunt – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle is heading into free agency and doesn’t look like to return to the team he was drafted by, especially after saying that his driving forces in picking a new team to sign with would be a team that wants him the most and one that could contend for a Super Bowl.

Mel Kiper: Chargers select DE DeForest Buckner in latest mock draft – ESPN
In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper gives Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner to the Chargers with the No. 3 overall selection. In his first mock draft, Kiper had the Chargers selecting Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Padres’ Latin American coordinator resigns – San Diego Union-Tribune
Evaristo “Varo” Lantigua has resigned after nine seasons as the Padres’ coordinator of Latin American instruction.

Lantigua had been expected to return for another year as a member of the Padres’ player-development staff, but he recently decided to leave, citing his health as a primary factor.

Can Kase Provide Needed Spark For Gulls?
Voice of the Gulls Craig Elsten says Ondrej Kase could provide a much needed spark for the Gulls after missing 42 games this season, and previews a tough Friday-Saturday stretch against the Condors and Reign.


NBA trade deadline wrap: Dud of a day – Sports Illustrated
One of the most exciting days in any sport is that league’s deadline for making trades. The NBA trade deadline used to be known for being wild, but this year’s followed the recent theme of having a lot of hype with almost no payoff at all.

Tyler Plantier: “The New Triton Ballpark Is A Big Deal” – Mighty 1090 (audio)
UCSD Tritons infielder chats with Jordan Carruth about what to expect from the team this season and why the new ballpark is such a big deal.


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