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"We think (Kouzmanoff) will be ready to play games when we get to spring," Towers said. "There may...

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"We think (Kouzmanoff) will be ready to play games when we get to spring," Towers said. "There may be some discomfort, but Kouz will play the majority of the time."

PADRES: Getting close : North County Times - Californian 01-24-2009

Fourth tier: Jim Hendry J.P. Ricciardi Kevin Towers These guys do a few things right, but too many...

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Fourth tier: Jim Hendry J.P. Ricciardi Kevin Towers These guys do a few things right, but too many things wrong. This is probably unfair to Ricciardi and Hendry .. Towers is over the hill and should probably move on; he did some good things a few years ago, but his handling of the Peavy situation this offseason was terrible, the farm system is thin, and the major league team is no great shakes, though they really need to move the fences in or risk exposing all their hitters to clinical depression. He stays out of the fifth tier because of the amazing Eaton/Otsuka for Gonzalez/Young trade, and because I like Paul DePodesta and his blog. He doesn't have a lot going for him right now. Best GMs in baseball?

Bringing back the brown, a color that this team used until the early 90s, gives this team an...

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Bringing back the brown, a color that this team used until the early 90s, gives this team an identity. In all of the big three sports, only the Cleveland football team wears brown. Is it because it’s ugly? No. Probably. But what’s ugly? Personally, I think the current Padres look is embarrassing in its blandness and after five years of it, I’m ready to move on. The Padres have a history of brown, having worn it for their first 20 years, and now is the time to come back to it. I’ll even make a deal with you: the mustard, which was as much a part of those jerseys as the brown, doesn’t have to come with it. Keep the sand. In fact, keep the sand jerseys. I like them, although we need to lose the bowtie script. Just bring back the brown. The Friar was never meant to wear blue.

The Sacrifice Bunt: A San Diego Padres Blog | Dear Jeff Moorad (01/23/09)

Mark Neely Interview (MP3)

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XX Sports Radio: Scott and BR interview the new Padres Channel 4 play by play. I just listened to a bit of it to get a taste for his voice and personality. Too early to judge but he seems good so far.

"It' s definitely a little intimidating," Neely said. "What makes Matt so good at what he does is...

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"It' s definitely a little intimidating," Neely said. "What makes Matt so good at what he does is he can do play by play, can do studio work. ... He's multi-talented. I'm more narrow, I guess. I'm a play-by-play guy. That's what I do. I'm not replacing Matt's personality; I'm just trying to reach for the level he set."

Broadcaster Neely gets 'the call' | padres.com: News

"I'm better, personally, when getting a hit means something to winning a game. That's what I've...

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"I'm better, personally, when getting a hit means something to winning a game. That's what I've always enjoyed. When things go bad, it's kind of a downward spiral in the game -- physically and mentally."

For Khalil Greene, there's just one way to go - Sports - Belleville News-Democrat

We feel that Henry fits the role perfectly, especially since he has maintained an 86.2 MR (mentor...

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We feel that Henry fits the role perfectly, especially since he has maintained an 86.2 MR (mentor rating) over the past three seasons. --- Before anyone gets too worked up, the mentor rating is a complete fabrication... but it was fun to write. Let's make sure we don't take all of these stats (or ourselves) too seriously.

It Might Be Dangerous... You Go First: Henry Blanco

"We are excited that Mark is coming to San Diego and will be calling Padres action," said Alderson....

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"We are excited that Mark is coming to San Diego and will be calling Padres action," said Alderson. "Mark is going to bring a fresh perspective and personality that will complement Mark Grant's color commentary and enhance an already solid Channel 4 San Diego telecast."

Channel 4 San Diego Signs Mark Neely as Lead Announcer for Padres Game Telecasts - MarketWatch

Not to be outdone, the Padres then turned right around and signed Henry Blanco - who, as you'll see...

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Not to be outdone, the Padres then turned right around and signed Henry Blanco - who, as you'll see below, is superior to Ausmus both at bat and defensively - for $250,000 less. Just in case you need to be bludgeoned over the head with it, the Dodgers just paid more for an older catcher who can't hit or throw than the Padres did for a guy who can do a bit of both.

We're About To Learn What's More Important - Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness

Almost any production behind the plate will be an improvement over 2008. Padres catchers hit a...

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Almost any production behind the plate will be an improvement over 2008. Padres catchers hit a collective .202 last season with 22 doubles, nine homers and 56 RBI. In addition, the catchers, with some assistance from Padres pitchers who struggled holding runners, threw out only 17.2 percent of the 203 runners who tried to steal. It was Hundley, 25, who raised the curve both at the plate and behind it. In 60 games after being promoted from Triple-A Portland, Hundley hit .237 with five homers and 24 RBI – meaning the other four catchers hit a collective .184 with four homers and 32 RBI in 381 at-bats. Plus, Hundley threw out 23.6 percent of the runners he faced – the rest only 14.9 percent

Catching prospects, led by Hundley, asked to shore up a big weakness
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