Around the Mission: 7/27 Padres Links

  • XX Sports Radio: HoF'er Tony Gwynn Interview (MP3)
    Rickey Henderson: "When you can hit the ball, like you can hit the ball... Gwynn... that is your name.  Your name is Gwynn."
  • Senior Gwynn has surgery
    Tony Sr. had stomach surgery last Monday. "We all want my dad to be around for years and years to come," Tony Jr. said. "He really did what he had to do and we're all proud of him."

  • Leave it to Rickey: dazzling Hall speech
    "When he slows down, as he did today, he's clear. His personality came out. He's entertaining. He's funny. That's the guy that I played with. That's the guy I grew up with. He was outstanding, absolutely outstanding. I was proud to tears."

  • Rickey And Me
    As a lifelong baseball fan, one of the highlights of my sports broadcasting career was the opportunity to cover the 2001 Padres on a daily basis, as part of the pregame and postgame team on KOGO. It was Tony Gwynn's last year, and Tony was hobbled all season long by bad knees, reduced to a pinch hitter. But 2001, to me, belonged to Rickey Henderson.

  • Gonzalez sets Padres' iron-man mark | padres.com: News
    A day after tying Steve Garvey for the franchise record for appearing in the most consecutive games, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez found himself in a unfamiliar position on Sunday.

  • Gonzalez, Bell both unlikely to be traded | padres.com: News
    Padres general manager Kevin Towers said he is getting a "ton of calls" from other teams regarding the availability of Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell, though he's still opposed to making a deal involving either player.

  • Padres eye lift from Eckstein, Blanco | padres.com: News
    The Padres have suffered through a July they'd rather forget, but with Henry Blanco and David Eckstein expected to return soon, they're looking to turn the page.

  • PADRES: Extra inning is unkind to Padres : North County Times - Californian 07-27-2009
    "That's not really that important to me," Gonzalez said. "I just wish we would have won the game. But it's a cool accomplishment. I just got to be thankful that I've been healthy and been available for all the games."

  • insidethepadres: Padres layoffs
    I know some of the people who were fired and respect them. The club's poor season on the field is obscuring some good work off it.

  • insidethepadres: Signs of life down below
    What's more, a typical Padres minor leaguer now actually can run faster than Herman Munster; the system is 14th in stolen bases per plate appearance, one year after finishing last.

  • Top Padres picks remain unsigned as deadline looms
    "Obviously, they're all sitting back and playing a waiting game," said Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of scouting and player development. "We still feel confident."

  • Blanks' big blow not enough for Padres | padres.com: News
    Austin Kearns drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning with a single to lift the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Sunday in front of 20,747 at Nationals Park.

  • Smooth Jazz and Other Questionable Ideas
    Despite some bright spots — Blanks, Cabrera, Headley, maybe Tim Stauffer — this team is in bad shape. I don’t think it’s as bleak as some folks suggest (Kevin Towers has lost his touch because he swapped spare parts with his counterpart in Baltimore?), but this is not going to be quick or easy.

  • Mat Latos strong in second start " Another Padres Blog
    Mat Latos has great velocity, and appears to have decent secondary offerings.

  • On the Road with Madfriars: Fort Wayne :: Friar Forecast
  • Hard-luck Gaudin has no margin for error
    "One pitch shouldn't decide a ballgame," Gaudin said shortly after Austin Kearns' two-out, run-scoring single off Greg Burke in the 10th gave the Nationals the win.

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