Talking Friars Ep. 212: Gap remains between the...
The Padres improved at the trade deadline but it didn't matter this weekend against the Dodgers. The defense was sloppy at times, pitching needs to be more consistent and the offense didn't really show up. Onto the Giants.
Talking Friars Ep. 211: This new Padres team lo...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on the Padres last two games against the Rockies, what the atmosphere was like at Petco Park for Juan Soto’s debut and compares the Padres and Dodgers new look rosters ahead of their weekend series.
Juan Soto and Josh Bell make their Padres debuts tonight at Petco Park! The entire fan base is pumped up and the game is already sold out. On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden couldn’t resist writing up some possible lineup combinations Bob Melvin might be using tonight and when Fernando Tatis Jr. gets back! He also talked about the first few games of this Rockies series.
Talking Friars Ep. 209: PADRES LANDED JUAN SOTO...
Holy crap Padres fans. It happened!!! Ben Fadden was live on YouTube giving his reaction as the Padres traded for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Eric Hosmer was traded and then he wasn't. What a wild hour and a half.
Talking Friars Ep. 208: REACTION to the Padres ...
Jeff Passan and others are reporting Josh Hader is being traded to the Padres! AJ Preller has made his first move!!
Talking Friars Ep. 207: Padres hit 8 HR, win Tw...
The Padres couldn't beat the lowly Tigers in Detroit but were able to knock off the AL Central leading Twins in a three game series at Petco Park! The trade deadline is less than 48 hours away and San Diego still needs offensive help despite hitting 8 home runs against Minnesota pitching.
Talking Friars Ep. 206: Joe Musgrove close to e...
We’ve all been waiting for the Padres to lock up Joe Musgrove and it looks like it could happen by the end of the weekend! 5 years-$100 million are the reported terms and this looks like a great deal for both sides! Ben Fadden reacts to the news on the latest episode of Talking Friars!
Talking Friars Ep. 205: Dreaming about the Padr...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden takes a break from the San Diego Padres current roster to dream about what it would be like if Shohei Ohtani wore the brown and gold. Ken Rosenthal reported this morning that A.J. Preller “has checked in on the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani” so Ben wanted to see what a trade package would look like if the Angels decided to tear it down.
Talking Friars Ep. 204: Padres vs. Tigers Serie...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden give his thoughts on the San Diego Padres last series of their road trip against the Detroit Tigers. Monday’s game was brutal, perhaps MacKenzie Gore’s injury affects A.J. Preller’s ability to trade for Juan Soto, Mike Clevinger is pitching like he did with Cleveland and it was a rainy series finale on Wednesday.
Talking Friars Ep. 203: Padres win Mets series ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on how the San Diego Padres played against the New York Mets at Citi Field this weekend. It looks like Eric Hosmer and Trent Grisham needed to recharge their batteries, we’ve got some positive Fernando Tatis Jr. news, and the national spotlight was on the Friars on Sunday Night Baseball!
Talking Friars Ep. 202: A hypothetical Anthony ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden talks about another possible trade target for A.J. Preller and the Padres: Anthony Santander. The offense needs more power but San Diego doesn’t have a lot of room to make upgrades. Would you do the hypothetical trade posed in this episode?
Talking Friars Ep. 201: A hypothetical Brandon ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden talks about a possible trade target for A.J. Preller and the Padres: Brandon Drury. The offense needs more power but San Diego doesn’t have a lot of room to make upgrades. However, Drury fits that description. Would you do the hypothetical trade posed in this episode?
Talking Friars Ep. 200: Padres win last series ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the San Diego Padres series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Esteury Ruiz continues to play well in his first week in the big leagues, Taylor Rogers is looking like his old self, Luke Voit came through on Saturday night and Mike Clevinger took the mound on Sunday afternoon. Plus, Ben gives his reaction to the Padres drafting Dylan Lesko with their first pick.
Talking Friars Ep. 199: What the Padres would h...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the huge news that came out this morning involving Juan Soto. He rejected a $440 million offer from the Washington Nationals so their GM Mike Rizzo is making Soto available to other teams via trade. San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller has the assets to get a deal done but what is it going to take? Find out in this episode!
Talking Friars Ep. 198: Padres played really sl...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on the San Diego Padres four game series against the Colorado Rockies. The offense came alive on Monday, we might have a closer problem, Esteury Ruiz had an eventful big league debut, the team meeting before Wednesday’s game didn’t work and Blake Snell took the mound in the series finale.
Talking Friars Ep. 197: 97.3 The Fan’s Paul Rei...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Producer of Ben & Woods Paul Reindl joins the show to discuss the San Diego Padres trade deadline needs, how difficult it will be for A.J. Preller to make significant additions, which players on the roster need to step up, his confidence level in the Padres working out a Joe Musgrove extension and more!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on everything that went down during the San Diego Padres latest series against the San Francisco Giants. Jurickson Profar suffered a nasty looking injury, Jorge Alfaro hit his third walk-off at Petco Park this season, the boys looked great in their first City Connect game, Brent Rooker finally made his Padres debut on Saturday but the offense struggled over the weekend!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden had the pleasure of talking with MLB Network’s Alanna Rizzo. They discussed how the MLB Draft Combine went, how the Padres can get on the same level as the Dodgers, where she believes Manny Machado stands in the NL MVP race, how much the Padres need to offer Joe Musgrove per year if they don’t want him testing free agency and if it’s worth it to trade Eric Hosmer before the deadline.
Talking Friars Ep. 194: 3 Padres Who Should Be ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you three San Diego Padres players who deserve to be heading to Dodger Stadium later this month for the All-Star Game. One of the three might be a surprise to you. There are also a few other players that deserve props for what they’ve done over the first 83 games of the season. And since we’re about halfway through, Ben thought it was a good time to go over the playoff picture so the episode ends with him going over the eight NL playoff contenders (remember only six make it). Are the Padres still in a good spot despite losing eight of their last ten games?
Talking Friars Ep. 193: Padres vs. Mariners Ser...
Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the San Diego Padres mini two game series at home against the Seattle Mariners. All aspects of the game on Monday were bad and Mike Clevinger took the mound on Wednesday.
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the San Diego Padres series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. There wasn’t many things that went right. If the starting pitching pitched well, the offense didn’t show up and when the starting pitching struggled early, it felt like the game was over.
Talking Friars Ep. 191: Reacting to the Padres ...
The Padres new uniform is out. What do you think of it??
Talking Friars Ep. 190: The Padres Freaking Cho...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden reacts to the San Diego Padres latest series against the Arizona Diamondbacks before looking forward to a big series at Dodger Stadium this weekend. The Padres losing a game where they had a six run lead was embarrassing but Jake Cronenworth and Mike Clevinger were amazing on Wednesday! Feel free to give your thoughts on the series in the comments below!
Talking Friars Ep. 189: Padres still lowballing...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden reacts to Dennis Lin’s latest mailbag article in The Athletic where he answered questions about where the Joe Musgrove extension talks stand, if the Padres would bring back Sean Manaea in an extension, which starting pitcher would A.J. Preller be most willing to trade, two starters the Padres might be interested in acquiring before the deadline, which players San Diego was going to deal in a Jose Ramirez trade this past spring and more!
Talking Friars Ep. 188: Padres lose 3 at home v...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden reacts to what happened during the San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies series this weekend at Petco Park. Jake Cronenworth didn’t play on his bobblehead night, Austin Nola beat his brother Aaron, Bryce Harper got hurt and the bullpen just had a bad day on Sunday.
Talking Friars Ep. 187: Let’s f-ing go San Diego!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his reaction to the entire San Diego Padres series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yu Darvish and Sean Manaea pitched great, Jorge Alfaro officially became a San Diego legend and Fernando Tatis Jr. started swinging a bat despite the Padres not telling us.
Talking Friars Ep. 186: MLB.com’s Jim Callis Ta...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden sat down with MLB prospect/draft guru Jim Callis to talk about the Padres bringing up C.J. Abrams again, what’s going on with James Wood, when Esteury Ruiz might be called up and which players the Padres have been interested in leading up to the MLB Draft!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his reaction to all three games the San Diego Padres played this weekend at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. We found out Joe Musgrove probably won’t be making his next start, C.J. Cron and Charlie Blackmon continued to kill San Diego, Jake Cronenworth kept raking and Manny Machado’s going to be out for an undefined amount of time.
Talking Friars Ep. 184: Reacting to Jake Peavy,...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on what former MLB outfielder David Justice, MLB Network host Greg Amsinger and former Padres starter Jake Peavy told me during the MLB Draft Combine at Petco Park on Friday. Justice didn’t seem to fully believe in the Padres, Amsinger would give Joe Musgrove a HUGE pay day in an extension and Peavy wants Musgrove to be starting the All-Star Game!
Talking Friars Ep. 183: Padres bring out the br...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the San Diego Padres amazing series sweep in Chicago against the Cubs! The offense scored 41 runs in four games, Jake Cronenworth is insanely on fire at the plate and Joe Musgrove had another quality start!
REACTION: Tatis Timeline Pushed Back + Padres v...
Ben Fadden reacts to the Padres saying Fernando Tatis Jr. hasn't been cleared to swing a bat yet before previewing tonight's Padres vs Cubs matchup!
Talking Friars Ep. 182: Andy Ashby Talks Padres...
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars, Ben Fadden sat down with former San Diego Padres pitcher Andy Ashby to talk about his nephew, Aaron, pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, if he thinks this year’s Padres team has enough to make it to the World Series, how the starting pitching position has evolved since he played, how he’d approach extension negotiations with the Padres if he was Joe Musgrove, what it was like pitching in the World Series, his favorite Tony Gwynn story and who his favorite Padres teammate was!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on the San Diego Padres series split with the Colorado Rockies. Joe Musgrove continued to throw shutouts, Manny Machado was huge in the first two games of the series and MacKenzie Gore finally hit a rough patch this weekend.
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden sat down with NBC’s Darnay Tripp to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.’s rehab, the big league return timeline for San Diego Padres relievers Jose Castillo and Michel Baez, Ha-Seong Kim’s struggles, if Trent Grisham could lose his starting center field job and if the Padres should think about trading Blake Snell.
Talking Friars Ep. 179: Padres vs. Mets Series ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his reaction to the San Diego Padres series against the New York Mets. Blake Snell sucked on Monday (should the Padres trade him?), New York Mets fans whined after Pete Alonso got hit on Tuesday, Yu Darvish and Adrian Morejon were tremendous and two former teammates pitched against one another on Wednesday.
Talking Friars Ep. 178: Jake Cronenworth is bac...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden discusses all that went on in the last two games in Milwaukee for the San Diego Padres. MacKenzie Gore is probably the second best starter in the rotation right now, Jake Cronenworth looks like he’s getting hot and Mike Clevinger returned to the mound on Sunday in the series finale!
Talking Friars Ep. 177: Hats off to Joe Musgrov...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on Joe Musgrove’s near no-hitter in the San Diego Padres 7-0 win tonight before getting into the extension conversation. Musgrove deserves lots of props for his play this year and deserves a ton of money via either an extension or a free agent contract. Ben also had to talk about the embarrassing series opening loss.
Talking Friars Ep. 176: Triple-A El Paso Broadc...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden sat down with Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas broadcaster Tim Hagerty to discuss what recent call up Nomar Mazara could bring to the San Diego Padres, what’s wrong with Ryan Weathers and Dinelson Lamet, when Yusmeiro Petit might get called up, Jose Castillo’s timeline, why C.J. Abrams isn’t getting a ton of reps in the outfield and if we should be surprised that Luis Campusano isn’t getting more chances at the major league level.
Talking Friars Ep. 175: Padres Struck Out Too M...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on the San Diego Padres getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Wilson was bad on Monday, home plate umpire Chris Segal helped St. Louis win on Tuesday and the Padres offense scored two runs today. Plus, there were some dumb tweeters out there this morning.
Talking Friars Ep. 174: Padres Prospect Jack St...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden sat down with fellow Helix High School graduate Jack Stronach to discuss what made him appealing to the Padres going into the MLB Draft, his reaction to being selected by his favorite team, what it was like being a teammate of Blake Snell’s during one of Snell’s rehab starts this year, the improved minor league living conditions and more!
Talking Friars Ep. 173: Off the Foul Pole & Pad...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on all that went down during the Padres last series of the home stand against the Pirates. Joe Musgrove was Joe Musgrove, Luke Voit came alive when they needed it most on Friday and Trent Grisham sent the fans home happy on Sunday! Plus, what’s up next on the Padres schedule?
Talking Friars Ep. 172: Should the Padres start...
The San Diego Padres have been carried most of the season by their starting pitching. It isn’t likely that they’ll continue to be this dominant all season long so the offense is going to have to step up at some point. Trent Grisham, who is hitting .157 entering Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, has been a part of the offense as the starting center fielder but it’s worth asking if he should remain the starting center fielder over rookie Jose Azocar. Therefore, Ben Fadden chose to compare Grisham and Azocar’s stats during Episode 172 of Talking Friars to see if it would be worth giving Azocar more playing time!
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on a new list that came out about the most hated MLB players in 2022. Manny Machado is ranked #1 so I try to find out how this happened. Machado’s teammate, Fernando Tatis Jr., is also on the list. Who else is? Find out during the episode!
Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on all that went down during the Padres series loss to the Brewers including how San Diego was even able to win a game this series, Blake Snell bouncing back, Yu Darvish pitching well but the offense not backing him up, and Manny Machado's bobble head night!
Talking Friars Ep. 169: Grading the Padres 41 g...
Yesterday, Ben Fadden gave his thoughts on the San Diego Padres sweeping the San Francisco Giants and today he gives you his thoughts on how the club has played for the first quarter of the 2022 regular season.
Talking Friars Ep. 168: A GIANT sweep for the P...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Be Fadden discusses all that went on in the San Diego Padres series sweep of the San Francisco Giants—from Joe Musgrove continuing to earn a large upcoming contract to fans throwing beer at Jurickson Profar. Plus, he previews the Padres next series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ben Fadden sits down with MLB Network and TBS' Lauren Shehadi to discuss if the San Diego Padres have a better chance to win the World Series this season compared to last, if Manny Machado is able to win the NL MVP despite the media's misconceptions of him, how much Lauren is enjoying her new role as the pregame and postgame host for TBS' Tuesday broadcasts, how proud she is about how much MLB Central has grown over the years, Nabil Crismatt needing to get some national recognition and the importance of women being at the forefront of sports broadcasting.
Talking Friars Ep. 166: Padres take 2 out of 3 ...
Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on all that went down in the Padres latest series in Philadelphia against the Bryce Harper-less Phillies, including MacKenzie Gore, Nick Martinez and Yu Darvish pitching great and Robinson Cano driving in multiple runs while flashing the leather.
Ben Fadden gives you the latest on the Juan Soto trade rumors and why it wouldn't be the smartest idea to acquire the Nationals superstar outfielder.
Talking Friars Ep. 164: Heath Bell Talks Curren...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, I was joined by former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to discuss the current state of the Padres bullpen, if the National League West will continue to be this good the entire season, what the Padres will need to offer Joe Musgrove to get an extension done, his 2011 All-Star Game experience, what he was able to learn from Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman, and who the funniest Padres teammate he ever had was.
Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on the San Diego Padres series win in Atlanta over the Braves. There were bullpen struggles, an offense explosion against good pitching, an extra inning win and the Padres debut of eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano!
Talking Friars Ep. 162: Padres vs. Braves Apple...
Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on how the Apple TV+ crew broadcasted the Padres vs Braves game on Friday night. He tells you what he thought went well and what could be changed going forward.
Talking Friars Ep. 161: Padres nearly swept by ...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden discussed all that went down in the San Diego Padres three game series at Petco Park against the Chicago Cubs. The offense got shutout in Game 1, Bob Melvin had prostate surgery today, Luke Voit and Wil Myers are back in the lineup earlier than expected, and Nick Martinez may have made the coaching staff’s decision easier regarding the rotation.
Talking Friars Ep. 160: Former Padres Infielder...
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars Podcast/YouTube show, former San Diego Padres infielder Kurt Bevacqua joined Ben Fadden to discuss the 2022 Padres season so far, the current rules in baseball, bad umpiring he experienced in his career, what it felt like when he gave the Padres their only win in a World Series in 1984, his verbal spat with Tommy Lasorda, the legendary brawl against the Atlanta Braves in August of 1984, his favorite Padre teammate ever, Tony Gwynn memories, and if he thinks Steve Garvey’s number should actually be retired by the Padres!
Talking Friars Ep. 159: Alfaro Bails Out Padres...
Ben Fadden discusses all that went on in the Padres vs Marlins series including the offense's inability to score runs, the starting pitching continuing to keep San Diego in games, Dinelson Lamet's struggles continuing, and Jorge Alfaro becoming a Mother's Day hero instead of being the last out of an embarrassing loss.
Talking Friars Ep. 158: 4 Ways Padres Can Confi...
On today’s episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden discussed some of the options the San Diego Padres have when it comes to constructing their rotation upon the return of starting pitcher Blake Snell. Nick Martinez just threw 7 innings of one run ball last night so he isn’t making the Padres decisions any easier.
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden gives you his thoughts on both games of today’s doubleheader between the Cleveland Guardians and San Diego Padres. Mike Clevinger made his season debut, Manny Machado homered, Taylor Rogers continues to be a great closer, and the Padres got to see Franmil Reyes, Josh Naylor, and Austin Hedges again.
Talking Friars Ep. 156: Padres Take 2 of 3 vs P...
Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on everything that went on during the Padres series win over the Pirates! How are we feeling Friar Faithful?
Talking Friars Ep. 155: Padres SWEEP the Reds!
Ben Fadden discusses all that went on in the Padres series sweep of the Reds! Friar Faithful, how are we feeling?
Talking Friars Ep. 154: NO(more)LA ‘til June
On Episode 154 of the Talking Friars Podcast/YouTube show, Ben Fadden discusses all that went on during the San Diego Padres first series of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pierce Johnson and Luke Voit were put on the IL, Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger came alive (of course) against the Padres pitching staff, the home plate umpires were an issue again, Yu Darvish somehow didn’t allow a run on Saturday after having 50 pitches through two innings, Sean Manaea and Clayton Kershaw dueled on Sunday afternoon, and Jurickson Profar is simply amazing.
Talking Friars Ep. 153: Don Orsillo Gets Disres...
Ben Fadden discusses what Bob Melvin said to Eric Hosmer after the front office ended up not trading him before Opening Day, why Jurickson Profar actually might be able to sustain what he's doing at the plate offensively, how each group of players should be graded after 14 games, and the terrible thing the Red Sox did to Don Orsillo that took away some of the attention from the late Jerry Remy last night.
Talking Friars Ep. 152: Tommy Pham Acts Tough A...
On the latest episode of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden discussed all that went on during the Cincinnati Reds trip to Petco Park to face the San Diego Padres including Tommy Pham turning into Barry Bonds (and I guess a Muay Thai fighter) against his former team, the history of former Padres tormenting them when they come back to play them, Manny Machado staying hot, numerous reporters around baseball trying to turn the Padres into villains, MacKenzie Gore’s second big league start, and more! He was HEATED while talking about the Pham slide and reporter's trying to make the Padres look bad so you don't want to miss it.
Talking Friars Ep. 151: MLB.com’s Jim Callis Ta...
Ben Fadden is joined by MLB.com's prospect guru Jim Callis to discuss what he has seen early on from MacKenzie Gore and C.J. Abrams in the big leagues, if Abrams will move to the outfield, Kevin Kopps' chances of impacting the Padres in 2022, Robert Hassell lll and Joshua Mears' 2022 outlook, the great start James Wood has gotten out to this season and if he could exceed his expected major league timeline, Brent Rooker's chances of being on the major league roster this year as a power threat, and if the Padres will have to trade Luis Campusano at some point while he is still under 24.
Talking Friars Ep. 150: Padres Home Opener Was ...
Ben Fadden goes live after Sunday night's game to discuss all that went on during the San Diego Padres first home series of the year against the Atlanta Braves including MacKenzie Gore's debut (breakdown included), what's wrong with the offense, Wil Myers' injury, Austin Adams possibly getting Tommy John surgery, and more! After that he previews the Friars next series against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds.
Ben Fadden sits down with Fox Sports Baseball Analyst Ben Verlander to discuss what was good and bad about the first week or so of the Padres season, how the Friars first home game of 2022 went (spoiler: it went pretty good), why Verlander did NOT have the Padres ranked in his top ten preseason power rankings, and more!
Talking Friars Ep. 148: Alex Cobb=Tom Seaver + ...
Ben Fadden talks with fellow Padres fan Borna Nazari about the series loss to the Giants, the terrible umpiring job on Monday night, Alex Cobb and Logan Webb dominating in the last two games of the series, Wil Myers the pitcher, what we should expect out of MacKenzie Gore in his first big league start, Mauricio Dubon bunting in a nine run game, Mike Schildt temporarily getting into some hot water, and much more!
Talking Friars Ep. 147: Sean Diego + April Hosm...
On episode 147 of the Talking Friars podcast/YouTube show, Ben Fadden discussed Yu Darvish and Sean Manaea’s amazing starts in the San Diego Padres first two games of the season, Eric Hosmer starting off his season hot like usual, C.J. Abrams’ first major league series of his career, how Blake Snell looked on Sunday, MacKenzie Gore trying to knock the door down in Triple-A, and Chris Paddack’s negative comments regarding the Padres uniforms.
On today’s episode of the Talking Friars Podcast/YouTube show, Ben Fadden discussed A.J. Preller finding his closer hours before rosters had to be submitted, why the Padres seem to have won the Minnesota Twins trade right now, the backgrounds of Taylor Rogers and Brent Rooker, C.J. Abrams making the roster, a few Opening Day roster surprises, and a Diamondbacks versus Padres Opening Day preview!
Talking Friars Ep. 145: Padres April Schedule +...
Opening Day is tomorrow so Ben Fadden sat down and gave you a preview of the San Diego Padres April schedule. Then, he makes his Padres season predictions (the Padres team MVP, breakout and comeback player of the year, rookie of the year, and HR leader), MLB season predictions (division winners, wild card teams, championship series matchups, and World Series matchup), and MLB award predictions (rookie of the year, manager of the year, MVP, Cy Young, and comeback player of the year)
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast/YouTube show, I was joined by Jim Russell of XTRA 1360 to discuss whether Ryan Weathers and/or Chris Paddack will get dealt, if there’s actually a good chance MacKenzie Gore will make the roster, who A.J. Preller should acquire to upgrade the left field position and if he’ll be able to trade Eric Hosmer, and who should get the first shot at being the closer this season. We ended the show with some bold predictions regarding a few key Padres players such as Yu Darvish and Luke Voit before Jim answered some over-unders I presented to him.
Talking Friars Ep. 143: Padres Didn’t Back Out ...
On tonight’s episode of the Talking Friars Podcast/YouTube show, I discussed Sean Manaea’s first spring training start with the San Diego Padres, when he and Joe Musgrove will pitch first during the regular season, what to make of Ken Rosenthal’s comments today regarding the Eric Hosmer no-trade that went on this past weekend, and Ha-Seong Kim had himself a day at spring training today.
Talking Friars Ep. 142: Instant Thoughts to Pad...
Ben Fadden was the first fan to go live on Sunday following the massive trade made by the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics. Sean Manaea is heading to San Diego and A.J. Preller didn't even have to give up a top ten prospect for the deal to happen! There are many effects of this trade that are discussed in this episode including where the Padres payroll stands after the move, what acquisition could come next, if MacKenzie Gore is expendable or not, and Manaea's contract situation.
Talking Friars Ep. 141: Reacting to Eric Hosmer...
On Saturday night's edition of Talking Friars, Ben Fadden discussed how the San Diego Padres and New York Mets couldn't come to agreement on a deal that would have sent Eric Hosmer, Emilio Pagan, and Chris Paddack to Queens and Dom Smith to San Diego. Also, he talks about Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. being ranked higher than Nolan Arenado on MLBN's Top 100 players right now list before getting into how great of a deal this would have been for the Padres if it could have happened.
On today’s episode of the Talking Friars podcast/YouTube show, I was joined by XTRA 1360’s Jon Schaeffer to discuss the following topics regarding the San Diego Padres: A.J. Pollock traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers, does Andrew Friedman now go make a run at Bryan Reynolds? Why A.J. Preller should actually be given a good grade this offseason, C.J. Abrams is going to make the roster but it isn’t just because of his play. Why didn’t the Pad,res start giving Abrams reps in the outfield before this year? Is Bryan Reynolds worth giving up so much talent? Odds of Preller getting rid of Eric Hosmer by the trade deadline. Why fans should overreact more to Blake Snell’s bad first outing than Mike Clevinger’s. How the Padres should construct their rotation. When the Padres might think about giving the closer’s job to Dinelson Lamet. Padres 2022 over-under game (team wins this year, innings pitched for Snell, outfield combined home runs, and games played for Fernando Tatis Jr.)
Talking Friars Ep 139: Padres NOT Top 10 Rotat...
Ben Fadden wetn live after the San Diego Padres spring training matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks to discuss the Padres' conversations with the Pittsburgh Pirates about All-Star Bryan Reynolds, C.J. Abrams potentially playing some outfield and what that means for Trent Grisham, Eguy Rosario being optioned back to the minors, Jake Cronenworth being snubbed in MLB Network's Top 100 list, MLB's new Home Run Derby, A.J. Preller trading for an infielder, Nick Martinez and Blake Snell's most recent starts, Yu Darvish being named Opening Day starter, and much more!
Ben Fadden went live on YouTube Tuesday to discuss Mike Clevinger’s rocky spring training debut, Emilio Pagan’s struggles this week, the new Padres jerseys that will be unveiled this summer, Matt Beaty speaking for the first time as a Padre, Bob Melvin laying out an intriguing rotation possibility, and the Padres local and National broadcast schedule.
Talking Friars Ep 137: Padres Acquire Matt Beat...
Ben Fadden went live on YouTube right after the Padres traded for Dodgers outfielder Matt Beaty on Monday morning. He gives his thoughts on the deal, if the Padres have a new starting outfielder, who they gave up in the trade, and what this means for the Opening Day roster!
Talking Friars Ep. 136: Possible Victor Caratin...
Ben Fadden went live Sunday night after the Padres spring training win against the Guardians to discuss the latest injury updates on Drew Pomeranz, Jose Castillo, and Manny Machado. Also, he got into Yu Darvish dazzling with Austin Nola behind the plate, Jake Cronenworth and Wil Myers showing off some oppo power, and where Victor Caratini might end up if the Padres decide to trade him.
Ben Fadden went live on YouTube on Saturday night after the Padres spring training tie versus the Cubs to discuss Blake Snell’s first game action, Manny Machado dealing with back tightness, AJ Preller bringing in a new pitcher, Ryan Weathers competing for the fifth starter spot, CJ Abrams making it hard for the Padres to keep him down, and Luke Voit hitting his first homer in a Padres uniform!
Talking Friars Ep. 134: Nick Martinez, Chris Pa...
Ben Fadden went live on YouTube Friday night after the Padres spring training game vs the Dodgers to discuss Nick Martinez and Chris Paddack’s days, Emilio Pagan reflecting on his struggles last year, AJ Preller’s comments about the roster, the potential new slogan, and who the left fielder will probably be on Opening Day!
Talking Friars Ep. 133: Padres Don’t Get Pham +...
Ben Fadden was joined by Jacob Zimmermann to discuss the Padres not bringing back Tommy Pham, what some people in the know expect AJ Preller to do before Opening Day, and MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell’s first roster projection of 2022!
Talking Friars Ep. 132: Manny Machado A Padre F...
Ben Fadden discusses Manny Machado’s Padre for life comments, the Padres coming to agreement with every arbitration eligible player, what AJ Preller said today regarding CJ Abrams’ chances of making the Opening Day roster, and MacKenzie Gore’s second spring training start of 2022!
Talking Friars Ep. 131: CJ Abrams Immediate Out...
Ben Fadden went live on Monday after the Padres spring trading game against the Rockies to discuss the latest from Padres camp including some unexpected news about the coaching staff.
Talking Friars Ep. 130: Ron Fowler OUT As Padre...
Unexpected news came out of the Padres organization today about Ron Fowler so Ben Fadden gives his thoughts on that after discussing CJ Abrams and Luis Canpusano’s big days at spring training.
Talking Friars Ep. 129: Luke Voit’s Padres Impa...
In case you didn’t hear, the San Diego Padres acquired a guy by the name of Luke Voit yesterday so Ben Fadden tells you what his arrival means for the Friars before getting into what he liked and didn’t like about MacKenzie Gore’s first start of 2022 Spring Training!
Ben Fadden went live on YouTube on Thursday night to discuss if the Padres should sign Jorge Soler, what Freddie Freeman’s deal means for the Dodgers versus Padres matchups, the moves AJ Preller has made that have made it hard on him to improve the roster, what free agents are left out there, Bob Melvin’s comments about the rotation, and why the Nick Martinez deal seems like an over pay.
Talking Friars Episode 127: Padres Miss Out On ...
Ben Fadden went live on Wednesday to discuss Seiya Suzuki choosing the Cubs over the Padres and where the Padres should go next. Plus, Fernando Tatis Jr. is having the wrist surgery today so Ben reacted live to that news. More moves have been made around Major League Baseball so how do those moves affect Freddie Freeman’s free agent plans?
Talking Friars Episode 126 Part 2: Hosmer Criti...
Ben Fadden went live to talk about Eric Hosmer criticizing the front office, Fernando Tatis Jr. violating his contract, the Padres being interested in Freddie Freeman, the one problem with Peter Seidler’s comments from Tuesday, what to take from Bob Melvin’s press conference, and of course, he ended discussing some moves made around Major League Baseball today.
Talking Friars Episode 126 Part 1: Hosmer Criti...
Ben Fadden went live to talk about Eric Hosmer criticizing the front office, Fernando Tatis Jr. violating his contract, the Padres being interested in Freddie Freeman, the one problem with Peter Seidler’s comments from Tuesday, what to take from Bob Melvin’s press conference, and of course, he ended discussing some moves made around Major League Baseball today.
Talking Friars Episode 125: Padres star Fernand...
Ben Fadden went live on Monday to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. will be sidelined for up to three months because he fractured his left wrist. He chatted with the audience about what this means for the San Diego Padres in the immediate future and how this might just keep getting worse.
Talking Friars Ep. 124: Live Reaction to the Pa...
Live Reaction to the Padres Missing Out on Nelson Cruz Fadden was live on YouTube giving his live reaction to the news of Nelson Cruz signing with the Washington Nationals and not the San Diego Padres. He discusses what the Padres need to do now and answers mailbag questions all night before going into the other big moves from Sunday.
Talking Friars Episode 123: Hot stove heating u...
Saturday is almost over and the San Diego Padres still haven’t made a single move post lockout. There were other moves like Chris Bassitt being dealt to the New York Mets and Mitch Garver going to the Minnesota Twins so I discussed. Annie Heilbrunn came out with a feature on Joe Musgrove and Mike Clevinger’s preparation for the season and there was some important information included so I’ll give you that info as well. Finally, Bryan Reynolds could be a trade target for the Padres but should they trade for him? I give you my thoughts. Let me know in the comments if you agree.
Talking Friars Episode 122: Gore impresses earl...
Ben Fadden goes through the biggest news of the day including MacKenzie Gore pitching well on a back field in Peoria, Joe Buck leaving FOX, Carlos Rodon going to SF, Clayton Kershaw returning to the Dodgers, Andrelton Simmons signing with the Cubs, the Padres spring training schedule getting announced, Bob Melvin speaking out on the roster, and Yu Darvish recruiting Seiya Suzuki!
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast, Ben Fadden gives you a full breakdown of what led to MLB cancelling a second week of games in the 2022 season. The international draft has emerged as a significant hurdle to the talks now and the league did something very contradictory on Wednesday afternoon that doesn't make them look very smart.
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast, Ben Fadden sat down with the owner of Basic Pizza, Erik Tesmer, to talk about how hard it will be on local businesses around Petco Park to have games canceled to start the 2022 season. Please support these local businesses in any way you can if you're down by the ballpark.
Talking Friars Episode 118: Another MLB CBA Dea...
Ben Fadden gives you an update on the CBA negotiations between the MLBPA and MLB. Will we see a deal get done on Wednesday?
Talking Friars Episode 117: Kevin Acee on Padre...
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast, Ben Fadden had the pleasure of sitting down with the San Diego Union Tribune's Padres beat reporter Kevin Acee to discuss the different mindsets of Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler with the lockout, ownership's role in hiring Bob Melvin, if the Padres have enough frontline starting pitching, Chris Paddack's mindset, when exactly the Padres were "over" Eric Hosmer, who the club wants most in free agency out of Seiya Suzui, Kris Bryant, and Nick Castellanos, Acee's stance on fans thinking he defends Hosmer too much, and when fans should expect the Padres and Joe Musgrove to have extension talks.
Talking Friars Episode 116: Christopher "Mad Do...
On the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast, Ben Fadden sits down with Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo to discuss his personality, the Padres' 2021 collapse, where Fernando Tatis Jr. ranks among the best players in MLB, the team's biggest remaining offseason needs, and if Tony Gwynn was better than Derek Jeter. To end the episode, Ben gets in a fiery debate about Mad Dog's past comment on the Padres needing to be patient with Eric Hosmer.
Talking Friars Episode 115: A SLAP IN THE FACE!!!
Ben Fadden give you his immediate thoughts on Major League Baseball not bring able to come to an agreement with the MLBPA. Rob Manfred formally announced the cancellation of some games at a press conference while Ben was recording so he gave his live reaction.