Padres' Media Guide
Jason Hagerty

Posted Apr 14, 2011
John Conniff


National: The best, and really only, national coverage of the minor leagues is on- line. Even the majority of Baseball America’s content, which publishes a bi-monthly magazine, appears on its web site before it ends up in print.

ESPN Insider’s Keith Law : Snarky and condescending, Law is by far one of the best baseball writers at any level with his ability to seamlessly incorporate minors, sabermetrics and payroll economics. Law’s resume; BA from Harvard, MBA from Carnegie Mellon, writer for Baseball Prospectus and four years with the Toronto Blue Jays front office provides him with a truly unique and valuable background to analyze and comment on professional baseball. Although he was originally hired as the stats guy in the Blue Jay’s front office he also gained extensive scouting ability in his time there making him one of the few people that can talk about xFIP out of Fangraphs while discussing swing mechanics like a scout.

Law is one of the few writers who have the means to travel extensively which means he actually sees a great many of the top draft picks and nearly all of the top prospects. His writing is mainly in the form of short blog posts with an occasional long-form article. He is most renowned for are his free flowing chats that can range from top low A prospects of the Cleveland Indians, to the best novel of the 1980s and how to properly brine a pork roast. This year he started doing a podcast three times a week which is a must for any serious baseball fan.

Baseball America : All of their writers do great work by putting together the most comprehensive bi-monthly publication and web site on the minors, college and high school baseball. Their annual Prospect Guide is as close to a bible as anything that exists for the minor leagues. Matt Eddy is the staff writer who has written about the Padres since 2007 and John Maffei has the regular Padres’ coverage for the magazine and website.

Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein : Has been at Baseball Prospectus now since 2006 and his Future Shock column and daily minor league updates are worth the subscription price alone. Despite working for the stat laden Prospectus Kevin relies more upon compiling large amounts of information from his scouting contacts and taking in as many Midwest League games as he can. You can also catch some of Kevin’s work on ESPN Insider.

Minor League Ball featuring John Sickles: Used to write for ESPN but now runs a popular website that is part of the SBNetwork. Sickles for several years has also written a good annual prospect book which involves a little more sabermetrics than Baseball America’s edition.

With the exception of John Sickles all of the above mentioned sites are pay sites so if you have an interest in them by all means sign up for a subscription but we probably will not provide weekly links to them because linking to something you can’t view kind of defeats the purpose.

San Diego Media Minor League links: The Union-Tribune provides some limited minor league coverage which is usually highlights from the previous night box score and maybe some tidbits they hear from Padres’ brass. 619 Sports and Friar Forecast will also occasionally run minor league features. The Friarhood has been the most ambitious with a daily rundown of the teams in the system and weekly analysis by Peter Friberg, who used to write for Ducksnorts.

Affiliate Media Links

The papers and websites listed below will be part of the weekly feature that we will feature. All of them are public sites and if anyone believes that another newspaper or website/blog that should be included, shoot us an email.

Tucson Padres

Newspaper: Arizona Daily Star

Tucson has its home opener on Friday, April 15 after two straight series on the road. The local coverage began with a video profile of Wade LeBlanc, who was the opening day starter.

Sarah Trotto, who will be covering the Tucson Padres this year, also had a nice feature on closer Evan Scribner along with an accompanying piece on Simon Castro, although Simon’s English has been pretty good for a long time.

Also Patrick Finley will be running a variety of small pieces called “snapshots” that you can check out on the Daily Star site. He has a good interview with Terry Kennedy, former columnist for the North County Times.

San Antonio Missions

Newspaper: San Antonio Express- News

John Whisler will be covering the Missions this year and had a nice opening profile of the team centering around the search for a place to go bowling.

Lake Elsinore Storm

Newspaper: North County Times:

Nice story by Matt Null on the Padres’ biggest prospect.

Websites/Blogs of Note: The NC Times also assigns reporters to cover the Storm and John Maffei, who also writes for Baseball America, provides some reporting on the system as a whole.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Newspapers: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and the Fort Wayne News Sentinel There are two daily newspapers in Fort Wayne with two beat writers who occasionally even go on the road with them.

If you don’t go there already, you should read LaMond Tape and his TinCaps blog on all things going on with the team. He comments on Donova Tate’s latest injury.

Reggie Haynes has a nice article on new TinCaps manager Shawn Wooten.

Finally we find out whatever happened to the man Denis had a serious “bromance” with. .

Websites/Blogs of Note: TinCaps Announcer Dan Watson is the man behind The Watson Files posts an excellent blog on the TinCaps which features news on the team, Midwest League, baseball and anything that comes across his mind. Did I mention that he also features a daily musical guest? The man is a true entertainer.


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