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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Can Padres Restock System By Selling?

Jun 24, 2015 5:13 PM

The San Diego Padres mortgaged their future for 2015, but have disappointed and are currently on the outside of the National League playoff picture.

Buster Olney of ESPN writes that A.J. Preller can partially restock the club's farm system, which was nearly emptied in trades for Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, by selling ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

With so many teams in the race the market is expected to be thin in the coming weeks, something the Padres can capitalize on.

"The Padres wouldn't have to execute the course shift right away, but the sooner the better, because the expectation among GMs is that by July 20, more and more teams will jump in as sellers, and San Diego's pieces wouldn't look quite so exclusive," Olney writes.

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Padres Name Pat Murphy Interim Manager

Jun 16, 2015 3:18 PM

Pat Murphy will be the interim manager of the Padres for the rest of the season, general manager A.J. Preller announced Tuesday.

Murphy, who had managed the team's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, Texas, was interviewed for the position, along with former Padres outfielder and current bench coach Dave Roberts, and other internal candidates.

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Padres Fire Bud Black

Jun 15, 2015 4:02 PM

The San Diego Padres have fired Bud Black after a disappointing start.

San Diego has hovered around .500 after a number of offseason additions.

Dave Roberts will be the interim manager, but the club will immediately begin the search for a permanent solution.

ESPN

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Nationals Get Trea Turner To Finalize Deal With Padres, Rays

Jun 14, 2015 4:14 PM

Padres top prospect Trea Turner is finally headed to the Nationals, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

The shortstop, selected 13th overall by San Diego in the June 2014 draft, was part of a three-team trade in December that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Padres.

Turner had to wait to join his new team, however, due to Major League Rule 3(b)(6), which states that a draft pick cannot be traded until one year after he signs his initial contract. Also, Rule 12(e)(2) says teams have six months from the time of a trade to finalize a player to be named.

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Padres Option Jedd Gyorko, Who Was Signed For $35M In 2014

Jun 10, 2015 4:19 PM

The San Diego Padres have optioned Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A.

The 26-year-old has seen limited playing time, but it's a surprise to see him moved to the Minor Leagues.

The Padres signed Gyorko to a six-year, $35 million extension before the 2014 season.

Most of that contract is due after this year, and it comes with a $13 million option for 2020.

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Padres Could Send Trea Turner To Nationals As Soon As June 14

Jun 9, 2015 4:54 PM

San Diego Padres shortstop Trea Turner is eligible to join the Washington Nationals on June 14, roughly a year after he signed with the Padres who selected him as the 13th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, according to a source.

In December, Turner was part of a three-team trade that sent outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. to the Rays, Wil Myers to the Padres and right-hander Joe Ross to the Nationals.

Turner was drafted by the Padres last year, so he wasn't eligible to join the Nationals until this month under a rule that has since been changed.

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Melvin Upton Jr. Ready To Make Debut With Padres
Melvin Upton Jr. has hit .280 with one home run over 13 games during a rehab stint with El Paso.

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Padres Lead Majors In Home Runs Allowed
After an offseason of change, the Padres are a disappointing 20-21 on the season.

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Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start
With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Reds on Thursday night, as many as 20 scouts showed up to watch him.

Hal McCoy/Dayton Daily News

Padres Aren't Worried About Kimbrel's Effectiveness
Craig Kimbrel has a 5.68 ERA for the Padres, but the club isn't concerned about their closer.

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Rival Evaluator: Padres Better With Wil Myers Not Playing CF
With Yonder Alonso on the disabled list due to injury, the Padres moved Wil Myers to first base.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

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Padres To Promote Austin Hedges
It's uncertain exactly where the catcher fits on the roster.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Prospect
Kris Bryant was 2-for-3, with a pair of singles and three walks on Saturday.

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Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields on Friday at Wrigley Field.

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Padres Place Ian Kennedy On DL
Ian Kennedy left Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain.

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Ian Kennedy Exits Start With Hamstring Injury
Ian Kennedy left Thursday's start against the Giants after straining his left hamstring while making a pitch in the third inning.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

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Kimbrel Caught 'Off-Guard' By Trade To Padres
The Padres continued to remake their roster by trading for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. on the eve of Opening Day.

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Padres Looking For Upgrade At Shortstop
The Padres have been very active under new general manager A.J. Preller and aren't done, according to rival executives.

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Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves
The Padres send Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, two prospects, and a draft pick to the Braves.

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