The Morning Friar – 3/17/11

“And you wonder why they boo!” Hudson yelled on Tuesday morning on one of the back fields at Peoria Sports Complex.

The target of his playful taunt was his San Diego Padres teammate Chase Headley(notes), who had failed to hit one of the baseballs out of the infield.

With absolutely no offense to Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell, San Diego pitching coach Darren Balsley said Sunday that there’s more to a successful bullpen than who pitches the final three innings of a game.

“Some of the most important guys in a bullpen are the middle men and the long men,” Balsley said. “We’ve seen that here.”

“To be honest with you, if you look around the league, look at Cincinnati with Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs, or Colorado with Dexter Fowler,” Maybin says. “They were able to go through their struggles before they had their success.

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  • Larry Faria

    Three things pop into my head:
    1. The more I hear of Maybin, the better I feel about the trade;
    2. I sleep soundly at night knowing Ballsley is the Padres pitching coach;
    3. My only fear is that Hudson’s loquaciousness may grate on his teammates before the season is over.

    • Ernie Padaon

      agree with you on all 3 points.. Maybin may be a steal!!! defense and speed in centerfield will be fun to watch plus he has potential with the bat.
      balsley has some sort of magic with pitchers and i love it.

      i heard that Hudson was a real good clubhouse guy wherever he has been and just hope he knows when to turn it off when needed.