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
TUCSON: Terry Kennedy, the former all-star catcher with the San Diego Padres in the 1980s, played fourteen years in the major leagues before becoming a minor league coach for a variety of organizations after his retirement in 1991.
TUCSON: RHP Will Inman, 24, was drafted in the third round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2005 draft. In 2007 he was traded to the Padres in the Scott Linebrink deal along with LHP Joe Thatcher and Steve Garrison, who is now with the Yankees.
Errors! So many errors! Luckily a couple teams were able to comeback and both of those games ended in a walk off win. A 3rd ended in a walkoff loss (thanks to an error), while the Missions had a game to forget.
Summary: The San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate rarely found a consistent rotation that could be relied upon to stop the bleeding. Most of the success here came from moving parts that were transitioned in and out.
December 5, 2010
Portland, OR: A few notes and observations from our recent trip to the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers.