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Around the Mission: 10/8 Padres Links

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  • An Ode to Mat Latos | FanGraphs Baseball
    According to Latos’ pitch type values, all of his pitches have contributed to above average run values anyway, his slider being the most valuable.

  • XX Sports Radio: Heath Bell Interview (MP3)
    The always entertaining Heath Bell joined Coach to talk about the last weekend series and why he expects to be back with the Padres next season
  • XX Sports Radio: Tom Krasovic Interview (MP3)
    Tom Krasovic was at Roy Halladay's No-Hitter last night and talked to Coach about why the Reds are in trouble
  • Mets set sights on Sandy Alderson, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn as general manager candidates
    According to sources familiar with the Mets' hiring process, former A's GM Sandy Alderson likely has the backing of commissioner Bud Selig should Alderson decide to pursue the job. The Mets are also pursuing White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn.

  • The Sacrifice Bunt " Weirdly timed Oktoberfest wrapup
    "The beer dispensaries were spread evenly all across the park at the park lawn, while $5 cups of beer were prepaid at separate booths. Apparently people in San Diego really do love their beer, though everyone had unfettered access to their favorite, or new favorite brewery."

  • Dear John letters: Your 2010 San Diego Padres - Big League Stew - MLB  - Yahoo! Sports
    "All that said, it was a semi-successful year. No one gave you a chance before the season and you proved the experts wrong. Just please just don't choke down the stretch next year. The black cloud in my mind can't afford to get any bigger."

  • Websoulsurfer: Do you find yourself not caring much about the playoffs? - A San Diego Padres Blog
    "I think it was the Padres complete collapse down the stretch. I think the players on the team I am a rabid fan of not seeming to care down the stretch rubbed off on me and now I don't care much about these playoff games one way or another. "

  • THE KEPT FAITH: Dead and Gone
    No more cheery Macy Gray music till next season.

  • Woe, Doctor!: Things We Lost in the Fire
    "This is the first Padres team to win 90 games since '98, and we all remember how that ended. Some of us (mainly Heath Bell) may have gone a little overboard embracing the "underdog" role, but it seemed to keep fuel in the team's collective gas tank for 90% of the season. Problem is, 90% of the season will not guarantee a playoff spot."