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Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:25 pm

The NL West-leading Padres are on the move. They extended manager Bud Black's contract through 2013 on Monday -- with club options for 2014 and 2015 -- and general manager Jed Hoyer is talking about adding both a hitter and a pitcher by the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline.

"We'll try to accomplish both and see if we can," Hoyer said of the dual hitter-pitcher option for a club that opened the 2010 season with the second-lowest payroll in the majors after Pittsburgh.

Hoyer told that he's eying a starting pitcher because the club wants to protect three young starters who have pitched limited major-league innings -- Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Wade LeBlanc -- from overextending themselves.

He added that he would like to add a hitter to help "lengthen" a lineup that currently ranks 12th in runs scored in the National League, and 14th in slugging percentage.

One such hitter whom Hoyer did not name is Milwaukee's Corey Hart, who just so happened to share a National League clubhouse with Padres manager Bud Black at last week's All-Star Game.

Asked the other day if he did any reconnaissance work, Black smiled.

"He had a little bit of time, and I was in the clubhouse," Black said of a between-rounds moment while Hart was jacking baseball's out of Angel Stadium during last Monday's Home Run Derby. "I said, 'Nice round.' And he goes, 'Thanks.' And that was that."

Well, almost.

"I did mention, 'Hey, a lot of those balls would have gone out of Petco,'" Black said, smiling. "I did say that to gauge his response."

Hart's response?

"He kept looking at the TV and said, 'Yeah, they would have,'" Black said, still grinning. "I gauged his reaction to see if he would say, 'Yeah, I know man, let's go.'

"I didn't get that. I was making sure that he knows we're watching."

Likes: What a great story the Chicago White Sox are. ... A total of 14 games left between the White Sox and Tigers beginning on Aug. 3. ... Rocco Baldelli back in Tampa Bay's system. ... This recent piece from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mario Mendoza, he of the Mendoza Line. ... Finally saw the last two episodes of Treme, the excellent HBO show. Have not heard anything about it recently. Hope they renew it for a second season. ... Looking forward to TBS re-running the George Steinbrenner episodes of Seinfeld all week. ... Love American Slang, the new Gaslight Anthem disc. ... About time Friday Night Lights got some Emmy love.

Dislikes: Scott Rolen out with a hamstring injury. This is a very key point in Cincinnati's season. ... Minnesota's Justin Morneau out for another week with that concussion. Those are nothing to mess with, and you never know how bad they are. Here's to a speedy recovery. ... I've seen worse than Everybody's Fine, the Robert DeNiro flick we watched via Netflix the other night. But the writers went way overboard with piling on the stuff from his ingrate kids. The ending came around and fixed that some, but still, a disappointment.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"And in the end
"The love you take
"Is equal to the love
"You make"

-- The Beatles, The End



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:51 pm

Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

hahah the only reason i clicked on this article was to see what the responses would be to the title and nicely done haha..glad someone has a sense of humor ha

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:25 pm

Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

Why are the Padres looking for black pitching and hitting?!!! call Al Sharpton!! Where is Jesse Jackson?!! Somebody get the NAACP!! HAHAHAHHAHA!!!!

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:42 pm

Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

I agree that Tony needs to keep playing, i dont care if he does hit .200 his defense is spectacular. I for one would sure like to dump scott harston. Decent speed and power but he has a lengthy swing and it seems like he only strikes out or pops up. When he does drive in runs, we are usually up/down by 5 or so. Not to mention he keeps getting stuck in the clean up role, where he does not belong.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:32 am

Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

The Padres need a spark. Corey Hart could fill that roll, but they need somebody who can fill the role of onbase percentage and who can steal bases. A contact hitter is important. I don't feel that a slugger is needed.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:20 am

Now this is news, Padres to acquire players, wow!

Well it's high time, the San Diego Padres organization seemed to waiting for their beloved (sic), to fall out of first place, take a dive, so that they could justify trading homeboy Adrian Gonzalez, not really to shed his contract of this year but out of fear of what they might have to pay him in the futur. Of course this would have annoyed the majority of faithful Padres fans, and think many would agree, believe their attitude needed a 180 degree turn. Taking an example from the Minnesota Twins in their signing of Joe Mauer, the Twins could have screamed small market , we just gave a huge contract to Justin Morneau. Personally sick of hearing the small market clubs whine about the cost of keeping a couple of high paid players while they pocket the revenue sharing. We aren't talking the New York Yankees, whom insecurely need to have 10 to 15 of these players on their team, I'm talking a couple, a few, surely you can manage that, stop crying POOR.
 A hitter like Corey Hart would help significantly , not just his production, but more protection for Adrian Gonzalez, and less pressure on Chase Headly. You're talking the talk, now let's walk the walk, time to make a concerted effort to win, the turnstiles will take care of the salaries.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:47 am

Padres look to get Black pitching, hitting help

There are two sides to this equation.  I just latched onto this team because I love baseball and never really had a favorite team.  I was moving to SD (here now) and thought, hey I'll follow these guys.  And yes, I have really followed them from day 1 of this season.  However, the more I watch this team, the more I think, why mess with a good thing.  So, they weren't really hitting great the first half of the season, and yes, this last series was against the D-Backs, but they tore into them.  I think this series against Atlanta will really be a tell into whether they need hitting or pitching help. 

With Latos on the DL for now, it may seem as if they could use another arm, and maybe so, but they don't have one of the top pitching staffs in the MLB for nothing. 

And man, Corey Hary would be a great addition, but at what expense?  You aren't taking away their best defender in the OF, Tony Gwynn Jr.  And they have had so many other great defenders and clutch players coming through for these guys, you gotta wonder, who are they gonna send down to the minors or trade away.  Not only could that halt the progress of these guys, but you could be getting rid of the chemistry they have built this season (momentum from last season as well).

They have the third best record in the majors with what they have, best in the NL.  It's hard to say they really need a bat, but let's see this series against the Braves and maybe I'll change my tune.

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