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Daily Friar 12.31.12 

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Here we are on New Years Eve, one day from a fresh new year labeled 2013. As we turn the page on the calendar to the new year we can start to look forward to baseball returning to our lives. The other exciting thing about that is January is one day away and with that I think we will see the Padres front office making some moves. I mean they pretty much have to with pitchers and catchers reporting in February and spring training starting later that month. February 12th is the voluntary pitchers and catchers report date, with the 15th being the voluntary date for position players. February 20th is the mandatory report date for all players that aren’t partaking in the World Baseball Classic. It will be an interesting year for baseball as we will have the Classic to look forward to. Believe it or not I found a slew of articles this morning, so let’s get to those. Stay safe tonight, we need as many Padres fans as we can get this year!
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Daisuke Matsuzaka is still trying to figure out where he will be in 2013 – The Boston Globe

“He prefers to stay in the US, but Japan may not be out of the question, depending on what type of deal he gets. He prefers San Diego, but so far there’s no indication that the feeling is mutual.”

A great piece on Tom Garfinkel and all that he has done for San Diego – San Diego Daily Transcript

“Garfinkel also worked for stability within the community. In 2012, the team was recognized by the SportsBusiness Journal as having MLB’s best ticket sales and service team.”

Max Fried’s prospect profile – Rant Sports

Max Fried was a three-year varsity baseball player at Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, Calif.) under head coach Rick Weber, stands at a projectable 6-foot-4 and has phenomenal pitching mechacnics and athleticism to boot. He can reach 92 mph on his fastball, but also has a nice off-speed game to provide a lethal combination.”

Padres show their humane side - bettor.com

“The San Diego Padres have been showing their humane side this off-season via charity route in which a number of their players have been participating in as well. They have been making appearances on different events and also have made monetary contributions.”

Go Big or Go Home: Trade for Giancarlo Stanton – The Friarhood

“The Padres do have an advantage over many of the other potential suitors as they boast one of the best collections of prospects in baseball according to many evaluators.”

The following articles are from MLB.com

Peter Gammons takes a look at this years Hall of Fame ballot

We don’t know. That is one of the reasons the Hall of Fame is so confusing and so divided. There were players — one of whom testified in the BALCO case — that claim upwards of 75 percent of players used some type of performance-enhancing drugs during the era. But we don’t know that.”

Towers playing all angles in the D-Backs outfield

“Baseball people are intrigued. Does Towers finally plan to trade Upton after listening to offers for a couple of years? Or will he trade Kubel? Or perhaps one of the kids?”

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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.