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Daily Friar 1.9.13 

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As you may have noticed, there was no Daily Friar yesterday. I will of course take full responsibility for that one as I was making the journey back to San Diego from Phoenix and frankly just didn’t have time to do it. So that means today’s post will have articles from yesterday as well as today, so hopefully that will make up for it. The spring training roster is starting to take shape as the Padres have offered out 21 more invites to players who aren’t on the 40 man roster to begin with. I will include a couple of links to that below, one from the Padres site, and the other will be from the Friarhood page that has links to all the players’ stats. Other interesting things to note is that we are over a week in to the New Year and all is still quiet in the front office. The question remains will that continue to be the case? Some people don’t feel that it will be as you will also see below. Plus we have the announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class. Enough teasing, let’s get to those links:
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Nobody elected into 2013 Hall of Fame class – MLB.com

“For the first time since 1996, eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not vote in a single player from a ballot of 37 candidates that was deep and controversial.”

Padres invite 21 non-roster players to spring training – Padres.com

“The list of players is longer than it has been in past years, but the Padres are also playing a club-record 37 exhibition games and the team will need additional players, especially pitchers, for reinforcements.”

A more in depth look at the invited players – The Friarhood

“The list of non-roster invitees includes 11 right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, four catchers, four infielders and one outfielder.  Eight of the invitees have Major League experience.”

Ken Rosenthal has heard some grumblings from around the league – Fox Sports

“One rival executive says there is no chance that general manager Josh Byrnes completes his off-season with the addition of free-agent right-hander Jason Marquis as his only significant move.”

T-Mobile and MLB are teaming up – MLB.com

“As part of the multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership, T-Mobile will work with MLB and its industry-leading digital media and technology company, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), to enhance America’s National Pastime on and off the field with game-changing wireless capabilities.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.