San Diego Padres: Josh Hader talks trade rumors, Blake Snell skills and Shohei Ohtani sales pitch

During All-Star game media availability, we heard plenty from Josh Hader as the San Diego Padres closer shared his thoughts amidst the swirling trade rumors. Plus, how would he sell coming to San Diego to Shohei Ohtani? He told us.
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Hader thinks there should be more San Diego Padres at the All-Star Game

I asked Hader if he thought there should have been more San Diego representation at the All-Star Game (only he and Juan Soto made the trek to Seattle). He was quick to answer.

"I definitely do. Obviously, there's a lot that goes into the voting and stuff like that, but we got a bunch of dudes on our squad," Hader said. "And obviously, you know, the season that we were having isn't as expected, but we have a lot of guys, both position players and starters, who I'd love to see those those guys be here."

One of those starters was Blake Snell, and I asked Hader what he has seen from Snell in a first half where he has put up ridiculous numbers, but somehow didn't get an invitation to the Midsummer Classic.

"What I've seen is that hitters can touch him. He's been dominant every single time he goes out on that mound," Hader said. "He gives us strong innings every single time.

"I think the fun part about it is all of the strikeouts that he's been able to get, mixing different spots in the zone and making these hitters guess. Obviously you have to make contact as a hitter, and it's just been unbelievable the way he's been able to go north and south in the zone and be able to throw that changeup. I think that's one of the biggest pitches that I've seen him throw. I'm super impressed by it because the angle that he throws at and it's top of the zone for fastballs and curveballs and sliders down, but changeups? He's got that in his back pocket. It's a tough pitch to hit."

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