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Daily Friar 2.11.13 

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Today is the day as most teams have their pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training. As for the Padres, that time is almost here. Pitchers and catchers will report tomorrow and thus begin the 2013 baseball season! It’s always nice to see this time of the year come again. Everything starts anew and everybody is filled with optimism towards the club, or at least they should be. But as we know we are Padres fans and there are always those fans that are pessimistic about everything that the club does. It doesn’t matter if they make the playoffs or not because that fan will still find something wrong with the club. Gaslamp Ball does a great job talking about this particular type of fan in one of the articles below. As for any news coming from the club, nothing is popping up at the moment. However, there are some great articles below, so enjoy!
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Moving in the Fences: A History – Fangraphs

“From the four examples, we see four cases in which the home-run rate improved, and four cases in which the run-scoring rate didn’t improve. In fact, in all four cases, the run-scoring rate got lower, relatively speaking, although in Citi’s case we have one season of data and in Kauffman’s case we have the simultaneous removal of astroturf.”

An interview with Marc Hulet of Fangraphs – MadFriars

“This week FanGraphs came out with their Padres’ prospects rankings and Marc was kind enough to give us some time on his views of San Diego’s system.”

How the Bitter Better Fan wants to ruin Padres baseball for you – Gaslamp Ball

“The “fan” who truly believes that they are a better fan, a more informed fan, a more intelligent fan, a more “supportive” fan because of their extreme bitterness and willingness to not support anything about the team that they purport to be a fan of while trying to turn you to that same view.”

FanFest 2013 Recap – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood

“Fanfest is unique.  It is not Spring Training; it is not team photo day.  The once-a-year event is special.  Fanfest is, at the risk of oversimplifying, personal.”

A look at former Padre Jon Garland and his improbable comeback – Fox Sports

“But now, more than 20 months later, he is on the verge of completing a minor-league contract with the Seattle Mariners — and maybe regaining his place in the game.”

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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.