The Morning Friar – 2/25/11

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The way the 2010 season ended, with RBI man Jorge Cantu driving in two runs in the Texas Rangers’ final 60 games, hasn’t diminished the veteran infielder’s confidence.

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Last season the San Diego Padres surprised almost all of baseball by staying in pennant contention right through to the end of the season. This off season they made the unsurprising move of trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox. Gonzalez’s production can’t be replaced but the Padres have tried to upgrade elsewhere on the diamond to soften the impact of his loss. That includes the new double play combo up the middle that should be a cut above last year’s tandem.

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Until the last few years, the Giants and Padres were downright friendly. They had similar uniforms in the late ’80′s (besides the Padres going with pinstripes and brown as the color to pair with orange, both teams’ uniforms were pretty much the same), and even helped the Giants with the NL West in 1987 with the Mitchell/Dravecky/Lefferts trade. In the 1990′s, neither team did much of anything until 1997 (when the Giants made the playoffs for the first time in 8 years) and 1996-98 (when the Padres finally surrounded Tony Gwynn with some hitters, but in return had to secretly pray that Ken Caminiti wouldn’t spontaneously combust during a game due to a violent chemical reaction in his bloodstream*).

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Armed with a big right arm and plenty of leverage, Matt Lollis opted not to stick by the phone after the first eight rounds of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft had passed without a phone call.

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Jason Bartlett thinks the San Diego Padres might be able to improve upon a surprising 2010 season in which they won 90 games

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