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February 23, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
San Diego shortstop Deivi Cruz and Oakland righthander Luis Vizcaino are the latest major league players discovered to be older than their listed ages. The commissioner's office informed team officials yesterday that Cruz is 29, three years older than his biography lists. The discrepancy was discovered when Cruz applied for a visa to travel from the Dominican Republic to spring training. With tighter security guidelines, officials are requiring an original birth certificate, rather than just a copy.
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January 5, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Infielder Mark Loretta agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros yesterday, a deal that allows him to make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. The 35-year-old, who is likely to play at several infield positions, has a .299 career average and was an all-star in 2004 and 2006. He hit .285 with 33 doubles, five home runs, and 59 RBIs last season with Boston. Loretta has mainly played at second base during his 12-year career, but 41-year-old Craig Biggio likely will start the season at second.
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July 26, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
San Diego Padres first baseman Phil Nevin rejected a trade that would have sent him to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson. The proposed deal was contingent upon Nevin's approval. He has the right to block a trade to eight teams, including the Orioles. "Phil has elected to stay with the Padres and will be treated as a full member of the team," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "However, with the team competing for the National League West title, playing time is going to be determined by both his performance and the performances of other players that will ultimately give us the best chance to win. " Nevin, 34, is batting .263 with nine home runs, 11 doubles and 47 RBI in 71 games.
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October 21, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa is talking to the New York Yankees about the possibility of joining the team as a coach. Bowa was fired by the Phillies on the final weekend of the 2004 season after leading the team to a 337-308 record. Known for a fiery personality, he was 81-127 in 1 1/2 seasons with San Diego from 1987-88. New York has two coaching openings following the departures of bench coach Joe Girardi and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre. Girardi left to become the manager of the Florida Marlins.
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October 10, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
After getting the worst pitching performance in team history, the San Diego Padres are interested in trading for Montreal Expos ace Pedro Martinez. Martinez, a strong contender for the National League Cy Young Award after leading the major leagues with a 1.90 ERA, is trade bait because the Expos are in another cost-cutting mode. He is eligible for salary arbitration after making $3.5 million this season. "I'd say we have quite a bit of interest," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said yesterday.
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February 10, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season. Padres general manager Kevin Towers just hopes he'll be ready before it ends. He said Hoffman, 35, could require a second operation on his pitching shoulder, a setback that probably would sideline him for more than 2 months. Hoffman, fifth on the all-time saves list with 352, is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in October. The four-time All-Star hasn't thrown a baseball since the operation.
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February 20, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A lawsuit filed by a minor league baseball umpire who claimed he was fired because he is white has been dismissed because he waited too long to file suit. Craig J. Compton should have filed suit against two minor leagues and the National League within six months rather than waiting 18 months to challenge his dismissal, a federal judge ruled yesterday in Philadelphia. Compton had worked in the minor leagues as an umpire for 10 years. But he was fired from Triple A, the level just below the majors, on Oct. 27, 1994.
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January 14, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The long-discussed deal to send Jason Kendall from the Pittsburgh Pirates to San Diego fell apart yesterday when the Padres' ownership balked at picking up the remaining $42 million of the catcher's contract. The two sides have talked since late last week about a trade in which the Pirates would get third baseman Jeff Cirillo and catcher Ramon Hernandez for Kendall, a San Diego native and three-time all-star. Padres general manager Kevin Towers said the decision not to pursue Kendall came during a meeting of the team's top executives, including owner John Moores.
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July 3, 2005 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The San Diego Padres swapped struggling pitchers with the New York Yankees, acquiring recently demoted reliever Paul Quantrill for Darrell May and Tim Redding, plus cash. Quantrill and fellow reliever Mike Stanton became the first victims of the Yankees' roster shake-up when they were designated for assignment Thursday. Quantrill, a 36-year-old righthander who pitched for the Phillies in 1994-95, was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances this year. "We're getting an experienced reliever who's pitched in the postseason and will add depth to our bullpen," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said yesterday.
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October 22, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Key legislators dealt a devastating blow to prospects for a new Minnesota Twins stadium yesterday by failing to endorse any funding proposals for a ballpark. The 18-member Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy, a bipartisan panel of House and Senate leaders, rejected a half-dozen proposals during a 5 1/2-hour meeting. "I think Minnesotans are sick and tired of what's going on with professional sports," said state Sen. Doug Johnson. "I think Minnesota should be the first state that says, 'No, we've had enough.
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October 23, 2012 | Associated Press
The Seattle Mariners announced Monday they have hired former major-leaguer Dave Hansen to be their new hitting coach, replacing Chris Chambliss, who was fired after the season. Hansen spent half of the 2011 and all of the 2012 season in the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being fired at the end of the season. Hansen's charge will be improving a Mariners offense that was the worst in baseball. They finished last in the league in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.296)
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August 25, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The San Francisco Giants have claimed San Diego closer Heath Bell off waivers, four people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because baseball rules forbid the public discussion of waiver cases. Whether the reigning World Series champions will actually acquire Bell from the division rival Padres is unclear. Once Bell is claimed, San Diego has 48 hours to decide whether to trade the three-time all-star, allow him to be claimed, or pull him back from waivers.
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May 3, 2011
Timely gesture The Washington Nationals gave away tickets to service members Monday on Military Appreciation Night. The team said the event was planned before the season, and it is just a coincidence it came the day after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.   For the record? Not even close When Placido Polanco rapped out 41 hits in the month of April, High&Inside naively wondered if that was some sort of record. Not only is it not a league record; it's not even the Phillies record.
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October 4, 2009 | By Robin Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
It would be nice to know Kevin Towers was fired as general manager of the San Diego Padres, but he doesn't know why. Towers figured that chief executive officer Jeff Moorad wants his own hire in the position. "He never really told me exactly the reason why, but I've been around long enough to know why," Towers, who held the job for 14 seasons, told reporters yesterday. After Towers took over as GM, the Padres won four NL West titles and made it to the 1998 World Series, getting swept by the Yankees.
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April 2, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The San Diego Padres raised some eyebrows early in spring training when they gave first baseman Adrian Gonzalez a raise of just $500 for this season. Gonzalez was coming off a breakout performance in his first full big-league season, when he led the NL West champion Padres with a .304 average and 24 homers, and was second with 82 RBI. He was a local kid, and he'd been selected the team's MVP. That "bump in the road," as general manager Kevin Towers called it, disappeared yesterday, when Gonzalez agreed to a $9.5 million, 4-year deal.
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January 5, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Infielder Mark Loretta agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros yesterday, a deal that allows him to make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. The 35-year-old, who is likely to play at several infield positions, has a .299 career average and was an all-star in 2004 and 2006. He hit .285 with 33 doubles, five home runs, and 59 RBIs last season with Boston. Loretta has mainly played at second base during his 12-year career, but 41-year-old Craig Biggio likely will start the season at second.
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September 1, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
"Boomer" is back with his hometown San Diego Padres, and this time it's to try to get them back to the playoffs. David Wells was traded yesterday from the Boston Red Sox to the Padres, who believe the free-spirited lefthander will provide the lift they need as they contend for a postseason berth. "I think we got one of the biggest big-game pitchers there is in the game," general manager Kevin Towers said. The defending National League West champion Padres are trying to make consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in their history.
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January 30, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Those reports about Mike Piazza signing with the Phillies and playing for the team he followed as a kid? Forget about it. The 12-time All-Star, who grew up in Phoenixville, agreed to a $2 million, 1-year contract with the San Diego Padres yesterday, giving the defending NL West champions a marquee player they think still can contribute. Piazza, 37, had been interested in signing a free-agent deal with an AL team to become a designated hitter. Instead, he'll stay in the NL and return to the West Coast for the first time since the Dodgers traded him to Florida in 1998.
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October 21, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa is talking to the New York Yankees about the possibility of joining the team as a coach. Bowa was fired by the Phillies on the final weekend of the 2004 season after leading the team to a 337-308 record. Known for a fiery personality, he was 81-127 in 1 1/2 seasons with San Diego from 1987-88. New York has two coaching openings following the departures of bench coach Joe Girardi and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre. Girardi left to become the manager of the Florida Marlins.
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