- The idea that the Padres are looking at Eric Gagne as he tries to resurrect his career with Canada’s WBC team seems about right. He hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2008 and is 41 years old. Of course he also throws 95 mph. I guess since nobody cares if you used PEDs in your past anymore, this is acceptable.
- FanGraphs has 5 Padres in their list of Top 100 prospects. The highest among them is Anderson Espinoza at number 10. Manny Margot and Cal Quantril are in the mid-twenties. Hunter Renfroe and Adrian Morejon are in the mid-seventies.
- The Padres have signed Osvaldo Hernandez. The Cuban pitcher is 18 years old and signed for $2.5 million. “Between signing bonuses and the overage tax payment due this summer, the Padres have committed nearly $80 million to international amateur signings during the current 2016-17 signing period.”
- The best story out of Spring Training so far was radio broadcaster Ted Leitner’s lost score sheet saga. I was listening as it happened and it was riveting. In the 38 years that Leitner has been broadcasting he’s never lost a score sheet. Since he came directly from the Aztec’s Mountain West tournament he didn’t have his usual scorebook and instead tore a sheet out of someone else’s. Without a paper weight the wind took hold of it and blew it onto a ledge below the broadcast booth. Eventually the sheet fluttered down to a fan, named Dan.
The sheet was returned to Ted, signed and given back to Dan as a keepsake. I mentioned via Twitter that it is customary for any item lost in the stands should be traded for memorabilia, signatures and the like. This worked out perfectly.
- This is a pretty good bit from Fox Sports San Diego. I was entertained: