DAILY LINKS: Padres prepare for Spring Training, WBC

AUDIO: Kurt Warner “I Am Humbled And Honored To Be Selected To The Hall Of Fame”
One of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Kurt Warner joined Scott and BR to talk about his induction to the Hall, how he found out and why he teaches his kids to never give up on a dream.

Capps’ quick recovery a pleasant surprise – MLB.com
In passing, last July’s deal between the Marlins and the Padres is generally referred to as “the Andrew Cashner trade.” But among the seven players involved in that swap, only one appears to be a lock for the 2017 Opening Day roster on either club.

It’s not Cashner; it’s flame-throwing righty reliever Carter Capps.

Austin Hedges Learned How to Hit – FanGraphs
It’s difficult for any player to change a reputation. Prospect reputations, however, probably shouldn’t be all that sticky. Hedges, at this point, is in line to be the starting catcher for the Padres, and last season, he did the damnedest thing. It would appear that Austin Hedges just learned how to hit.

Solarte, Naylor among 7 Padres in WBC 2017 – MLB.com
Solarte and Chacin will be joined by lefty reliever Jose Castillo on Team Venezuela. First baseman Josh Naylor, the Padres’ No. 4 prospect, and utility man Jamie Romak will play for Team Canada. Meanwhile, right-handers Carlos Fisher and Bryan Rodriguez will pitch for Mexico and the Dominican Republic, respectively.

Padres to visit Lake Elsinore in March 31 exhibition – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres will visit their High Single-A affiliate in a March 31 exhibition at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. The matchup will be the fifth between the Lake Elsinore Storm and their parent club.


The Breitbard Hall of Fame, established in 1953 by Robert Breitbard, honors athletes who have excelled athletically in San Diego or who are native San Diegans and have achieved athletic fame elsewhere. Make sure you get your tickets to this year’s Salute to the Champions dinner!

AUDIO: Ted Leitner On Reeling Aztecs Hoops & Hosting Celebrate SD
What’s gone wrong for SDSU Aztecs basketball? Ted Leitner weighed in on a rough season, shocking loss to San Jose State, and being part of Celebrate San Diego after the Chargers loss.

Report: MLB considering starting extra innings with runner on second base – Sports Illustrated
Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base to start extra innings, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.

The rule will also be implemented in the upcoming World Baseball classic next month. Major League baseball could experiment with the rule Gulf Coast League and Arizona League.

The Padres and an Opening Gambit – Baseball Prospectus
Without much fanfare the Padres signed right-hander Trevor Cahill away from the defending champion Cubs for a relative pittance: only one year and less than $2 million.

A former top starter who washed out and then rediscovered his talent in the bullpen, Cahill may fill either of two roles for San Diego. He could bolster the team’s bullpen by pitching well in relief, as he did in Chicago, or he could roll the dice in the rotation, hoping to recapture his glory years. But what if I told you there was an innovative way that he could sort of do both?

Charles Oakley arrested at Madison Square Garden for altercation with security guard – Sports Illustrated
Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley shoved a Madison Square Garden security guard and was arrested before being escorted out of the building. He will be charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault for hitting security guards and criminal trespassing, according to the NYPD.

AUDIO: Takeo Spikes: “This Was An Opportunity To Share My Hidden Gift To The World”
Former Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes joins Kevin Acee to talk about life after football, including his new book “Behind The Mask” which takes an in-depth look at the lives of some of the greatest linebackers to ever play in the NFL.

Bob Costas steps down as NBC host of Olympics; Mike Tirico to replace him – USA Today
Bob Costas, the face of NBC Sports for decades, is stepping away from hosting the Olympics. Mike Tirico will take over. Costas made the surprise revelation on Thursday morning’s Today show.

‘I caught it’: Watch Julian Edelman mic’d up during his incredible Super Bowl LI catch
Edelman’s mic also provided this incredible moment after James White’s Super Bowl-winning touchdown in overtime, where he didn’t think the game was over until head coach Bill Belichick embraced him.

Snapped – SanDiegoGulls.com
The Gulls (24-13-2-2, 52 pts.) saw their six-game winning streak and club record 12-game standings point streak (11-0-0-1) snapped in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Barracuda (25-11-1-3; 54 pts.) at SAP Center on Wednesday night. The loss also snapped the Gulls’ club record 10-game road standings point streak (9-0-0-1) dating back to Dec. 29 at Texas.


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