December 6, 2013
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How will the Padres and their fans adjust to a world without Adrian Gonzalez?
I'm sorry, sir, but you cannot leave the country.
An old Bill James toy rears its head, and it remains as addictive as ever.
Thanks to a reader suggestion, our four-part series now has a fifth part: To the 1980s... and beyond!
The final installment of our four-part series covers the 1970s.
The third installment of our four-part series covers the 1950s and 1960s.
The Padres fell short in 2010, but it wasn't for lack of glove.
This installment covers the 1920s and 1930s.
The second installment of our four-part series covers the 1940s.
Dustin Ackley was supposed to be the show, but Jason Kipnis stole it.
If the Red Sox don't draft Reggie Harris, do they trade for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek?
On the season's final day, the Padres fall just short in their bid for a postseason berth.
In which the Tigers don't throw away their first two picks.
The 1982 Braves were the last team to have a losing streak in double digits and still reach the playoffs. Could the 2010 Padres be the next?
What might Jack McDowell have meant to the '92 A's? Bret Boone to the '01 Cardinals?
What if the Pirates had drafted Mike Mussina instead of Mark Merchant?
Thirty-eight of the finest high school players displayed their skills in San Diego.
The farther down you go, the worse their control gets.
No Jedi mind tricks here, just value for value.
Are Jose Bautista and Jeff Francoeur still drawing walks? Yes and no.
Randy Newman's song would have been better if he'd finished the line, "...to be discriminated against as baseball players." Eh, maybe not.
There isn't one? Well, maybe there should be.
Geoff drives 2,200 miles and watches six minor-league games in eight days.
How are the eight sophomores we examined before the season doing so far?
Reflections on Ken Griffey Jr.
Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference.
Geoff takes a trip up I-15 to watch the kids at Lake Elsinore play.
Ah, the minor leagues... where pitchers chart pitches while sitting in the stands with the rest of us.
It's not just a Grizzly Bear song.
Can listening to Radiohead make watching a Red Sox/Yankees game bearable?
Ask a simple question, get a complicated answer.
Assembling talent is hard. Keeping fans interested is even harder.
Bill James once devised a way to translate batting lines into pitching lines. It's kind of fun.
It's like reading tea leaves, only mathier.
A lot can change in three years, but that doesn't mean it will.
Run support is a pitcher's best friend, especially when that pitcher isn't doing his job very well.
It stinks when you do good work and have little to show for it.
The best of the rest from 1901 to 1989, outfielders and pitchers.
Geoff chats with the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander and author of The Bullpen Gospels.
The best of the rest from 1901 to 1989, catchers and infielders.
How do we know what we know, and can we be sure?
These guys hit the ball really hard but seldom struck out.
Where have all the Heinies gone?
Everyone knows about Ichiro Suzuki's crazy 2004 season, but Brad Wilkerson deserves some love of his own.
Because Lidge over troubled waters has been done to death.
Spud, Dolph, Hal, Buddy, and the rest.
Same as it ever was? Eh, not so much.
Some of these guys turned out to be pretty good.
Geoff chats with Padres President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Garfinkel.
Who the heck is Lance Richbourg?
Joe Mauer or Ichiro Suzuki may do something that hasn't happened in the American League in more than 50 years.
What typically happens to 22-year-old middle infielders with no previous big-league experience?
What sounds like the name of a jazz trumpeter and has three left arms?
How well did the "Favorite Toy" predict which players would hit 500 homers?
Who moved my cheese? Again?
Second verse, same as the first... only older.
Some players need more seasoning than others.
You could win a lot of games with these guys.
The hardest base to steal is first.
Adrian Gonzalez has done something this year that Ted Williams and Barry Bonds never did.
Edwin Jackson and Adam Lind are finally fulfilling their potential.
The 1995 Cleveland Indians played 13 extra-inning games and won them all.
The 1969 Montreal Expos played 12 extra-inning games and lost them all.
Delves into the career of pitcher Tony Cloninger
Four walks in a game? It's gotta be the shoes.
If the pitch is in the next zip code and you swing at it, you might be a hacker.
Searching for the Tony Cloninger of relievers.
The Oakland A's once scored four runs or more in 17 straight games and won them all.
Remember when Garry Templeton was better than Ozzie Smith, and Rick Burleson was better than both of them?
Got to be good lookin' 'cause he's so hard to see.
Fire. The wheel. Tim Laudner.
As Benjamin Disraeli once noted, "there is no education like adversity."
Geoff looks back at some old projections.
Ted Simmons, Hall of Famer? Definitely maybe.
Revisiting a classic Bill James study.
Once upon a time, a team had six hits in a game, all home runs.
Every once in a while, the draft pick turns out to be way better than the free agent.
Not only did this team dominate the Carolina League, it produced some fine big-league players.
He was good, but flawed; now he's missing the good part.
Sometimes looking at the familiar in a different way yields interesting results.
Do we truly know what we know?
The stories aren't following their scripts.
Chris Coste tells of his ascent to the big leagues.
Conventional wisdom thinks so. What do the numbers say?
The Padres are playing the best baseball of their existence, yet attendance is slipping.
Life in the soon-to-be present.
When Juan Bell was outshining Edgar Martinez.
What did the projections of the time expect from him?
Peruse these numbers in a well-ventilated area.
Geoff looks for "weird" games, whatever the heck that means.
Fernando Valenzuela at first base. Seriously?
Because there isn't much else to do after you've run out of walls against which to bang your head.
Geoff revisits last winter's wish list for all 30 teams.
Josh Barfield redefined the phrase "sophomore slump" in 2007.
Because Boston was better
Belief is a dangerous thing.
I don't believe in destiny either, but have you got a better explanation?
Pitching got the Rockies this far; now it's time for the hitters to shine.
Better pitching wins in a short series. Or at least it did this time.
When you have nothing to lose, you are dangerous.
Too bad Lynn and Murray weren't first-round quality...
How a spending-averse owner wrecked a team for years.
The Class of '07 shows its class
Are guys like Matt Cain, Conor Jackson and Chad Billingsley living up to the hype? Geoff takes a look at the emerging talent in the NL West.
Geoff takes a closer look at San Diego's young first baseman.
In an excerpt from his new book, Geoff examines one of the strategies a "small-market" team can employ to help level the playing field.
The Padres seek their third straight NL West title.
One of the relatively inexpensive ways a team can help itself is by finding undervalued arms for its bullpen.
The honest answer is that we have no clue whatsoever, but that's boring and doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know.
Who knew there was so much young talent in the NL West?
Sometimes a guy just needs a chance.
The end of the year is upon us. Time for reflection. Time for a really long list that accomplishes nothing.
During its first three years of existence, Petco Park has been an extreme pitchers' park. Have the San Diego Padres been able to use this to their advantage?