Hoffman, Preller excited for 2016 Padres season

San Diego Padres Spring Training

The Darren Smith Show is live from San Diego Padres Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona this week. Here is who joined the show on Monday:

There will be more fantastic Padres interviews as the week goes on, so make sure to tune in!


Padres sign Cuban Elier Sanchez – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres signed Cuban left-hander Elier Sanchez to a minor league deal, General Manager A.J. Preller confirmed at the Cactus League’s media day in Phoenix. A big-bodied 29-year-old who sits 88-92 mph with a big breaking ball, Sanchez hasn’t pitched competitively in more than a year and will not receive an invite to big league spring training.

Wil Myers on playing 1B, focus on staying healthy & meeting Mark McGwire
Wil Myers on his approach as the Padres first baseman, his focus on staying healthy for a full season and meeting new bench coach Mark McGwire.


Bullpen competition wide-open for a change – San Diego Union-Tribune
Thirty-two pitchers are in camp, three rotation spots are settled and Fernando Rodney – who can escalate his $1.6 million contract based on appearances and games finished – is the odds-on favorite to earn the ninth-inning role. How the pitching staff is configured from there – who sets up, who’s the long man, who fills out the rotation – is anyone’s guess as the Padres prepare for the start of Cactus League games next week.

What Will The Padres Starting Rotation Look Like? – Mighty 1090
The San Diego Padres have a lot of unanswered questions in the backend of their pitching rotation heading into Spring Training. Who will come out victorious in the battle to crack the starting five?

Six Potential Draft Targets to Watch at the Combine – Chargers.com
The San Diego Chargers have the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and they aren’t likely to draft a QB, which means they’ll have their choice of just about any prospect that they want. Here are the prospects that make the most sense.

Shepard, Pope finding groove at right time for Aztecs
Winston Shepard and Malik Pope are starting to find their groove at just the right time for the Aztecs. Jordan Carruth and Andrew Burer break it down.


Aztecs QB Chapman comfortable in leading role – San Diego Union-Tribune
After playing well as the SDSU Aztecs starting QB at the end of the season after an injury to Maxwell Smith, sophomore Christian Chapman is ready to become the leader and the starter for Rocky Long’s team.

Gulls Win 2 Over Weekend, Back In Playoff Hunt – Mighty 1090 (video)
Craig Elsten is back with this week’s Gulls corner and he breaks down San Diego’s two crucial wins over the weekend and previews the week ahead.

Warriors slip past Hawks, become fastest team to 50 wins in NBA history – USA Today
With their eyes on more than regular-season records, the Warriors improved to 50-5 as Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Golden State bounced back after squandering a 23-point lead to beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-92 on Monday night.


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