For our last interview with Randy Smith we talked to him about the Padres' newest affiliate in AAA, the Tucson Padres. The biggest difference that was instantly noticed by everyone is how much easier it was to hit in the thin desert air of southern Arizona as compared to the Pacific Northwest.
November 3, 2011
Tim Hagerty has been affiliated with the Padres' organization in one way or another since 2005. After spending a year with the short-season Pioneer League with the Idaho Chukars, a Kansas City Royals farm team, he took a new broadcasting position with the Mobile BayBears, then the San Diego AA affiliate.
November 2, 2011
Summary: There really isn't any other way to put it; Tucson is a rotten place to pitch. But the scary part is that there are actually better places to hit in the PCL including Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City to name a few. In other words, pitching statistics where the ball doesn't sink or come down should be taken with a big grain of salt.
November 1, 2011
The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with a strained middle finger on his right hand, selected left-handed-pitcher Josh Spence from Double-A San Antonio and recalled catcher Kyle Phillips from Triple-A Tucson.
June 21, 2011