The Morning Friar - 2/14/11

In his fourth season as manager, Bud Black led the 2010 Padres to just the fourth 90-win season in franchise history … although they missed the National League playoffs. Black answered questions on the eve of spring training as he prepared to welcome a team to Peoria, Ariz., that has had almost 50 percent turnover from the end of last season.

Born in San Diego, raised in Allied Gardens, a phenom at Patrick Henry High, a star at SDSU, Harang is as glued to San Diego as night and morning low clouds. During a 12-year professional baseball career, Harang always returned to San Diego in the offseason. The Del Cerro home he bought in 2003 and still lives in is about a 3-wood from his old stamping grounds.

“To be honest with you, I am a little surprised I’m here,” Bell said. “Last year, at the end of the year, I wasn’t sure if I had thrown my last pitch for the Pads. But I’m really glad to be back here.”

Pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Sunday, though they did little more than take their physicals. Still, it made for a busy clubhouse that figures to be even more crowded later in the week when position players report.

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