DAILY LINKS: Padres’ Hedges off to a hot start in Spring Training

Hedges shows hitting prowess early in spring – MLB.com
Nobody has ever doubted Hedges’ defensive prowess. There are, however, a few question marks about his bat, though Hedges is certainly doing his best to answer them.

He opened Spring Training with four consecutive hits before a sixth-inning flyout on Monday. Through three Cactus League games, he’s been the most impressive Padre.

Padres’ Christian Bethancourt to pitch Wednesday – San Diego Union-Tribune
Potential uber-utility player Christian Bethancourt will soon reach the next stage of a fascinating experiment. The Padres catcher is scheduled to make his Cactus League pitching debut Wednesday.

As of late Monday afternoon, it had not yet been decided where Bethancourt will throw. The Padres play a pair of split-squad games Wednesday — one against visiting Oakland, the other on the road against Colorado.

VIDEO: Hunter Renfroe On CF Experience And Athletic Prowess Of Manuel Margot
Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe on getting some time in centerfield, the athletic ability of Manuel Margot and whose team it is.

Winter storm floods Petco Park – Fox 5 San Diego
Petco Park flooded Monday after a winter rain storm hit San Diego.

A picture posted on social media showed the Major League ballpark field underwater.

AUDIO: Scott Miller On Padres Competition For Tanking & MLBPA’s Disagreement On Pace Of Play
MLB Columnist Scott Miller on which teams will give the Padres most competition en route to the top pick in the 2018 draft and why MLB and the MLBPA can’t ‘agree on pace of play rules.

Aztecs’ quartet looks to improve stock at NFL Combine – San Diego Union-Tribune
The top players eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft will be poked and prodded, weighed and measured, questioned and quizzed and anything else the league’s 32 teams deem necessary to know during this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Among those participating are San Diego State running back D.J. Pumphrey, cornerback Damontae Kazee, guard Nico Siragusa and tackle Daniel Brunskill.

SDSU is tied for 11th in the nation for most players from a school invited to the Combine. The Aztecs and Temple have the most representation among non-Power Five schools.

AUDIO: Cyd Ziegler “I Keep Looking For Homophobia In Sports And Its Just Not There”
From Outsports.com Cyd Ziegler joined Scott and BR to talk about My-King Johnson signing at Arizona as the first outwardly gay recruit in the Pac 12 and the story of Mack Beggs winning the Texas State Championship.

David Wright: ‘It’s great (Tim Tebow) is chasing that dream’ – USA Today
Tim Tebow, idolized by Florida Gator football fans, admired for his outspoken Christian faith, and revered for his philanthropy, is considered either baseball’s finest role model or baseball’s biggest carnival act.

He just may be baseball’s most polarizing figure.

Plum is S.D.’s one-of-a-kind athlete – San Diego Union-Tribune
The women’s college basketball’s all-time Division I scorer is an incredible player from San Diego, but she’s an even better person.


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