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The Front and Center podcast showcases centrist points of view, both politically and socially. Don’t get it twisted, being a centrist isn’t about having everyone like you. Actually, more people are going to dislike you as a centrist. You hold everyone to account, whether you like them, their party, their organization, or not. Not exactly the easiest way to the heart, but certainly the most honest and objective. Join host Emilio Garcia every week to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly ...
 
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Spring Training is going full speed. After a few days in Peoria Darnay shares some observations from his time at the Padres facility. He and Derek discuss the team's outlook on their World Series potential. How is Ha-Seong Kim fitting in? Plus, a drill that brought the team back down to earth, and pitchers knocking off some rust. That and some thou…
 
Fernando Tatis Jr. signed a massive contract extension. So how do the guys in the Padres clubhouse feel about it? We got the reaction from a couple of guys, one who knows El Nino well and another who is just getting to know him, to better understand the full impact of San Diego's 22-year-old superstar. Plus, we talk about the rivalry with the Dodge…
 
The news fans had been hoping for all offseason finally arrived on day one of Spring Training. And it was exciting enough to get Derek out of the hot tub to record an emergency podcast. The guys discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.'s 14-year deal, and what it means for player, team and fanbase.
 
We're less than a week away from the Padres taking over Peoria. MLB.com Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell joins the guys to set the table for Spring Training. Who's the first guy he wants to watch once players take the field? What will the environment be like around a new group of starting pitchers - and how will that impact MacKenzie Gore and Chri…
 
Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is quickly becoming the face of Major League Baseball. He just became the youngest player (and first Padre) to be on the cover of the MLB The Show 21 video game. This week's OnFriar Podcast talks with Ramone Russell, Product Development Communications and Brand Strategist for the game at Sony PlayStation's San Di…
 
Who's going to lead the Padres in homers in 2021? What about OPS and innings pitched? Derek and Darnay took a stab at what players might pace the Friars. First things first, they discussed the return of Jurickson Profar and what makes him a good fit (5:06). Then they turn their attention to the guys they expect to put up big numbers for the Padres …
 
In our most East County episode yet we discuss the acquisition of Joe Musgrove and hear from fellow El Cajon native Greg Garcia. Derek and Darnay take a look at Musgrove's addition, and what it means for the rotation (3:12), before hearing what the righty had to say to reporters about joining his hometown club (16:06). Then the guys catch up with G…
 
With the Padres' biggest moves seemingly behind them, talk around a new deal for Fernando Tatis Jr. has picked up. Derek and Darnay discuss the factors in play, and what a contract could look like (1:49). They take a look at the team's rise in payroll, and the franchise's decision to push all the chips in now (19:51). Plus, Masahiro Tanaka rumors a…
 
They let us do 100 of these! Derek and Darnay celebrate the occasion with a couple great Padres guests. After discussing Ha-Seong Kim (4:15), and hearing what AJ Preller had to say about the young Korean star (10:12), the guys caught up with President of Business Operations Erik Greupner. He shares his thoughts on the potential of having fans back …
 
A.J. Preller is making trades like he's still worried his head might roll. The Padres GM swung two deals for established aces, and appears to have a promising Korean star on the way. Derek and Darnay discuss the trades, what the club gave up and what factors make these deals make perfect sense for San Diego. They also explore how the club positione…
 
After hearing from A.J. Preller this week, the guys passed along his insight on the key storylines of the Padres offseason. From talks of a big contract for Tatis (8:24), to the decision to bring back Tommy Pham (19:53). Pitching continues to be a major topic, Preller gave an update on Dinelson Lamet (24:22) and shared his thoughts on Chris Paddack…
 
What a year, huh? Eno Sarris of The Athletic drops by to discuss the impact 2020 could have on seasons to come at the MLB and Minor League levels. Eno shares his perspective on the 2020 season (4:38), before discussing how 2021 could look and the impact this year may have on the developmental process (11:45) and pitching (22:05). The guys turn thei…
 
With another crop of players hitting the free agent market, Derek and Darnay discuss the Padres' options this offseason. First they touch on Greg Garcia's departure, and Tommy Pham's return for a second season (4:43). Then they turn their attention to potential targets now available after the non-tender deadline (17:08). What about Lance Lynn? The …
 
What a week, huh? Baseball America National Writer and San Diego guy Kyle Glaser joins Derek and Darnay to discuss Ron Fowler's decision to step down, and Mike Clevinger's second go-round with Tommy John. Kyle shares his perspective on the Padres' front office shakeup, Fowler's legacy, and why he rolls his eyes at the Theo Epstein chatter (1:43). T…
 
San Diego had finalists for the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards and didn't win any of them. The rationale is, at best, muddled. In this episode of the OnFriar Podcast, Darnay and Derek talk about who should have won, a few really bad voting decisions, which free agents the Friars should be targeting this winter, and a big ch…
 
MLB's Hot Stove has been lit once more. The Padres have some roster decisions to make. Which free agents will they keep? Which ones should they keep? And is a trade for a certain infielder from Ohio on the table? Plus, a look at which post-season awards the Friars are most likely to win. Oh, and we talk about the incredible end of the first episode…
 
Rays skipper Kevin Cash will be second-guessed for years for removing Blake Snell from Game 6. In fact, it was such a big decision that it could change the way the World Series is managed moving forward. On the OnFriar Podcast, former big league All-Star Bret Boone talks about moving back towards managing with your gut AND a stat sheet, why Padres …
 
Padres Field Reporter Bob Scanlan shares his takeaways from 2020. He describes what it was like broadcasting games this season (3:40). Darnay and Scan discuss the challenges of covering a team and building relationships without face-to-face interaction (10:00). The former big leaguer explains why certain players struggled without fans (22:26), how …
 
The Padres have a lot to do this off-season. Or do they? Friars General Manager A.J. Preller gives updates on the health outlook for his two injured starting pitchers, his surprisingly smaller off-season to-do list, and a long-term contract for Fernando Tatis, Jr. We also play a game, giving several Padres a song that should define their off-season…
 
In a season of comebacks, the Padres nearly pulled off their best one yet. Instead, they're staring right at elimination. Derek and Darnay discuss the Game 2 thriller. There were clutch hits, emotional outbursts, pivotal homers, and lots of resilience. Unfortunately, there was also Bellinger's glove. Was that their best chance? What did this teach …
 
Another early exit for Clevinger, turned into another bullpen game, and this one wasn't as enjoyable as the last. Some familiar issues caught up to the Padres in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Derek and Darnay discuss the pitching quandary, where things went wrong Tuesday night, and what the Padres need to do to get back in the series. To …
 
For the first time in 22 years the Padres won a playoff series, and San Diego soaked up the occasion. From a ledge outside Petco Park Darnay joins Derek to discuss Game 3, and the team's impressive turnaround against the Cardinals. A bullpen day that worked! A catcher that handled a revolving door of pitchers. Young stars that are now playoff prove…
 
The Padres came from behind to beat the Cardinals 11-9 on Thursday night at Petco Park, thanks to (who else) Fernando Tatis Jr. In this playoffs edition of the OnFriar Podcast, 3-time All-Star Bret Boone offers his analysis of the game and if the Padres can win their series on Friday night.
 
The Cardinals wasted little time deflating the excitement around the Padres first playoff game in 14 years. Chris Paddack's tumultuous season continued in the biggest start of his career, setting up a must-win with Zach Davies on the mound. Derek and Darnay recap Game 1, discuss Paddack's struggles, the domino effect of Lamet and Clevinger's absenc…
 
San Diegans know the Padres. But in a season where we only saw teams from the West, the Cardinals are a bit of an unknown. We went to KSDK sports anchor Frank Cusumano, who's covered the Redbirds for nearly 3 decades, for a look behind enemy lines at what St. Louis will bring to Petco Park for the playoffs.…
 
How are the Padres looking with less than a week to go before the playoffs arrive? MLB.com's Mike Petriello shares his outlook on the team heading into a strange postseason. How concerned should fans be if Mike Clevinger can't pitch? He also discusses potential matchups, and the impact a quirky season and unique Wild Card series could have. The guy…
 
Exactly one year ago we did our first emergency podcast because the Padres fired Andy Green. Fast forward 12 months and the Padres are here, and they're the real deal. After 14 years away, San Diego gets to enjoy playoff baseball - and fans get to bask in their team's long-awaited return. Derek and Darnay discuss their dramatic turnaround, and the …
 
The regular season goes to the Dodgers, but for the first time in a long time the Padres can say 'see you in October'. Derek and Darnay discuss the state of the rivalry with longtime NBC LA sports anchor Fred Roggin. What's the Dodgers' outlook on a newly competitive Padres club? And how has Fernando Tatis Jr.'s appeal spread to Los Angeles? Fred a…
 
MVP? Looking like it. Rookie of the Year? Duh. But what other awards could belong to Padres by year's end? Derek and Darnay discuss Tatis' case for Most Valuable Player (4:32), and Cronenworth's runaway ROY campaign (21:27). They discuss the moves AJ Preller has made that could land him some recognition (29:29), as well as Jayce Tingler's shot at M…
 
It is the year of Tatis, and everyone is showing love to the Padres and their young phenom. That includes Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, of Cespedes Family BBQ and the Baseball BBQ podcast. They discuss their unlikely rise to fame among baseball fans (2:01), before turning their attention to the Padres and the team's bandwagon - which could get …
 
Over three days AJ Preller made six trades featuring 26 players - and in the process solidified the Padres as contenders in 2020. Derek and Darnay assess the moves that filled some clear areas of need, and discuss how they positioned themselves for the big prize at the deadline - starting pitcher Mike Clevinger. Hear from Clevinger on joining the h…
 
Race and sports intersected this week when teams and leagues postponed games to call attention to social injustice, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Longtime Phoenix sports anchor Bruce Cooper joined Derek and Darnay to share his experience with racism, as well as his perspective on recent events and the the response in sports and soci…
 
Remember when Pham and Hosmer went back-to-back to take a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers? That feels like months ago. The last week saw Paddack blow up, then bounce back; the Padres drop five straight; the Padres win three straight; Yates and Pham get hurt; everyone hit grand slams; and Tatis and Tingler take center stage in the hottest topic in sports.…
 
The Padres will always have a rivalry of sorts with the Dodgers. But in 2020, it's a rivalry in the truest sense. Derek and Darnay discuss the different vibe around their matchups this season, and how the Padres have gained ground on the perennial NL West Champs (2:31). In this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down they talk Hedges, Lamet, Pham, P…
 
The Fernando Tatis Jr. hype train has left the station. Baseball fans everywhere are learning what Padres fans discovered a year ago - El Niño is special. Derek and Darnay discuss the 21-year-old's meteoric rise, following an insane weekend for the shortstop. Not only is he a star, he's the kind of star every fan wants on their team. The guys take …
 
Tony Gwynn is unquestionably the best Padre of all time. But could Fernando Tatis Jr. end up taking that title? For the answer we go to Bill Center, who's covered the Padres for about four decades. Bill gives us the inside scoop on why he thought Dinelson Lamet could be a front line MLB starter when the righty was in Lake Elsinore, how the Friars c…
 
The Padres first week of the season could've been a whole lot worse! And it should've been even better. Derek and Darnay assess the (mostly) good and bad from the first six games. Three Up, Three Down is back (1:39), with a look at promising trends, Tatis, Myers, Hedges, Tingler and more. The guys discussed a tough afternoon for Yates, that maybe s…
 
Baseball is finally here. After nearly 10 months between games, the Padres return Friday for game one of the 2020 season. We made it, folks. Derek and Darnay discuss the Opening Day roster and the ongoing questions in a rotation that doesn't include either star pitching prospect (3:20). What kind of role should we expect for Edward Olivares? They a…
 
To get the pulse of the Padres with a week to go before Opening Day, Derek and Darnay checked in with Padres Field Reporter Bob Scanlan. They discussed the strange experience of playing in front of empty stadiums, and plans for sound in the stadiums and on broadcasts. The guys also discussed the competitive nature of intrasquad games. What's the ke…
 
With the Padres are winding down the first week of Summer Camp, Darnay and Todd pass along their early thoughts on the club's return to Petco. What's the environment like around the team at Petco Park? The guys discuss how coronavirus precautions are impacting media and fans (2:03). While teams have had issues with the testing process, that part ha…
 
With the Padres back at Petco Park, Derek and Darnay discuss their expectations for Spring Training 2.0 (3:46). They discuss some changes made because of coronavirus, how the team could adjust to a new-look season, what players could play an important role, and some lingering concerns. Then Darnay checks in with MLB.com Padres beat writer AJ Cassav…
 
We're getting a 60-game MLB season. So what's that mean for a statistic-driven game like baseball? How many home runs will lead the league? Can anyone hit .400 and if so does it mean anything? Will a relief pitcher lead the league in wins? Author, statistician, former Marine and baseball nut Ryan Spaeder joins the OnFriar Podcast to break down the …
 
For the first time it seems like there's been real progress toward MLB players and owners forming a plan for the 2020 season. Why has it taken so long? And how much is left to be settled? San Diego native turned Baseball American National Writer Kyle Glaser shares his insight on the negotiations, and how they could shape the 2020 season (3:14). Wit…
 
With some insight from Padres Director of Scouting Mark Conner, and John Conniff of MadFriars, Derek and Darnay take a look at the Padres picks from day one of the 2020 MLB Draft. The guys share their early impressions of Robert Hassell and Justin Lange (1:24). Then hear how Hassell had been on Conner's radar for a while (11:59), and why Lange's re…
 
Former Padres Broadcaster Matt Vasgersian now calls MLB Network home and does play-by-play for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. He shares how he's adjusted to life without baseball (3:57). Derek and Darnay get his thoughts on the ongoing negotiations between MLB owners and players (6:19), as well as how baseball could look on the schedule and on TV. P…
 
Padres President of Business Operations Erik Greupner has a fun announcement to make about events coming to Petco Park and how we can enjoy them and explains how the Friars are dealing with ticket holders when they can't get in to see games. Darnay and Derek also talk about negotiations between the MLBPA and MLB.…
 
The Grossmont High grad is back in San Diego, and discusses how he's been passing the time - from workouts, to beach time, Game of Thrones and doing his part to help others out. Derek and Darnay ask him about the Pirates pipeline from San Diego, and the experience of pitching in his hometown ballpark. What has he learned through his first four seas…
 
MLB owners sent a return to play proposal to the MLB Players Association this week. It was not received well. Derek and Darnay discussed the situation with Associated Press Padres beat writer Bernie Wilson. What does the offer really mean? How do these negotiations usually go? And how might they take new shape given that they're happening during a …
 
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