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San Diego Padres announce spring training roster transactions

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The San Diego Padres announced Wednesday that the team made 25 roster moves, trimming their spring training Major League camp roster to 52 players.
The club optioned Mason Thompson to Triple-A El Paso and Jordan Humphreys and Reggie Lawson to Double-A San Antonio.
The following players have been assigned to minor league camp:
Following Wednesday’s moves, the Padres have 31 pitchers (22 right-handers, nine left-handers), four catchers, 12 infielders and five outfielders remaining in camp. 37 players from the 40-man roster remain, along with 15 non-roster invitees.
All players will continue workouts at the Spring Training facility in Peoria, Arizona.
WATCH: Why the expectations for this season’s Padres team are so high

News 8 Throwback: Memories of sports legends in San Diego

This week’s News 8 Throwback takes you down memory lane with some of San Diego’s iconic sports legends from Bill Walton to Tony Gwynn.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Sign local basketball dynamo Bill Walton, and they will come. Shortly after signing with the San Diego Clippers in May 1979, season ticket sales rose dramatically. Public relations director Hal Chiles told News 8’s Laurie Singer that Walton was the real McCoy and that it was a distinct possibility that ticket prices would go up. 

Bill Walton said it best “I’ll play and we’ll all make money.” Unfortunately, the San Diego native missed 68 games in his first season due to foot injuries (which he also suffered in his final years in Portland). San Diego finished 35–47, as Walton and other key players missed significant time due to injuries.

San Diego Clippers ticket sales after Bill Walton signs

News 8 Sportscaster Lyle Bond chats with San Diego Chargers Lance Alworth, Chuck Allen, and Al LoCasale, talent scout in August 1965

Wide receiver Lance Alworth told Bond he got tired more quickly when he played in the mile high city against Denver. Linebacker Chuck Allen spills some defensive plays secrets. Bond said it looked like the team was in good shape for the upcoming season. Allen said they were looking forward to a championship season. Their prediction was right as under coach Sid Gillman, they had a 9-2-3 record and won their fifth AFL West title. Alworth was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allen is a Chargers Hall of Fame member.
LoCasale, the team’s talent scout discussed recruitment with Bond. He said “the hardest part of pro football is when you have to send anybody home after football has been a major part of their life for four years in high school and four years in college. It’s tough to be a has been at age 22 but as I told one recently, it’s better to be a has been than a never was.” LoCasale spent 50 years in football, 34 of those with the Raiders as Al Davis’ right-hand man.

San Diego Aztecs Baseball v San Diego Padres 1987  

It is a tradition that has long since passed, but it’s not forgotten. For years, the San Diego Padres would host the San Diego State University Aztecs baseball team for a game prior to the Padres season starting. For the Padres, it was a simple exhibition. For the Aztecs, it gave college players with big league dreams a taste of what it takes to play at the big-league level. Tony Gwynn tells Artie Ojeda when he played for the Aztecs in 1981 against the Padres, he hit a line drive over the pitcher’s head and that caught the attention of Jack McKeon, Padres General Manager.

San Diego Gulls v Portland Buckaroos Benefit Game 1978

In 1978 former San Diego Gulls played an exhibition game against The Portland Buckaroos. The “old-timers” still had all the right moves. Showing them off were Gulls greats Willie O’Ree, Earl Heiskala, Bob Courcy and Len Ronson. News 8 sports reporter Laurie Singer reminisces about the first Gulls game played November 17, 1966. She was there and it was her first hockey game. The 1966 film is also in this story.

1988 12 Meter Race with Ted Turner and Dennis Conner in San Diego

It was a spectacular sight off Point Loma in January 1988 when Ted Turner and his boat Liberty and Dennis Conner and his boat Stars and Stripes competed against each other in a 12-meter race. Turner helmed Conner’s boat and Conner helmed Turner’s. NFL stars Warren Moon and Jim Everett went along for the ride — all part of the Super Bowl hoopla — it was held in San Diego that year. News 8’s Loren Nancarrow reports.

Boxer Archie Moore with Harold Keen 1966

Legendary light heavyweight boxer and San Diego resident Archie Moore discusses his ABC program with News 8’s Harold Keen. “Any Boy Can” was based in Vallejo, California. He taught leadership qualities to youngsters aged 8-15. He said, “we teach basics, 5 points — “EGBDF” — “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” so let us face the future in harmony with mankind, black, white, red, yellow and brown — this is our credo — it’s for all boys.” He said there’s no greater satisfaction than working with children. Keen asked him if he considered doing the program in San Diego and Moore said Mayor Curran was not receptive. But the following year in 1967 it did start in San Diego. It eventually became “Anybody Can” when girls were allowed.

San Diego Stadium Construction February 1966

The stadium grounds on February 1966 looks much like it does in March 2021. The demolition of the iconic stadium is almost complete. Excitement was in the air as the San Diego Chargers went on the construction site on February 19, 1966. Paul Lowe, Bob Petrich, and George Gross chatted with TV 8 about their future home. They had one more season at Balboa Stadium. On August 20, 1967 The San Diego Chargers of the American Football League played their first game there.  

San Diego Stadium April 1967

Newly digitized film from April 3, 1967 when stadium was about 70% complete. Beautiful, crisp, clear color film. It likely was a brand new color camera that captured these images. Chargers Speedy Duncan, George Gross, Walt Sweeney, and Bob Petrich toured the new stadium. Former Charger and promotion director Emil Karas is with them. Speedy said “Some how it’s more of a thrill to play in front of 50,000 fans than 30,000.Their first game was August 20, 1967. Designers and architects claimed that the field could be converted from football to baseball easily within 24 hours. The movable seats rolled away on big balloon tires; each section of seats could be towed away by truck mounted cranes. They were anticipating a Major League Baseball team. It became home to The San Diego Padres in 1969.

Friday Night Lights are back on in San Diego

San Diego Unified parents are grateful for football to be back, but are frustrated they are not allowed to cheer from inside the stadium.

SAN DIEGO — Friday Night Lights are back on in San Diego for the first time since the pandemic began. Families lined the streets to take in the first high school games of the season as part of San Diego Unified School District’s protocols in place for youth sports.

“We are thrilled that they are back out here and that is the most important thing but this doesn’t make a lot of sense,” said Brad Fields, Scripps Ranch H.S. father.
“Other districts are getting four adults or four family members and here we are the biggest, San Diego Unified, and we can’t get anything?” said Pauline Lising, Mira Mesa H.S. grandmother.
On Tuesday, Superintendent Cindy Marten said this is not permanent.
“We are working to bring fans back to the stands,” said Marten, SDUSD Superintendent.
Parents arrived to the game early on Friday in hopes of getting a good seat and brought their own concession food and tightly lined the sidewalk on Scripps Ranch Boulevard to watch over the game from the hill.
“There are so many spaces and distance [inside] there is no reason we should be out here,” said Gerlie Brown, Mira Mesa H.S. mother.
After months of fighting the state, Scripps Ranch High School Football coach Marlon Gardinera won a temporary restraining order the same day Governor Newsom announced youth sports such as football could resume in counties with case rates below 14 per 100,000 people and follow health and safety guidelines including testing.
“We’ve been waiting a long time, they’ve been practicing for maybe nothing,” said Michelle Cooper, Scripps Ranch H.S. mother.
RELATED: Judge grants request to resume youth sports in San Diego County
On March 4, a settlement was reached to allow youth sports in California.
RELATED: Settlement reached allowing all high school sports to resume in California
On Thursday, the coach from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos Unified School District sent a letter home to parents saying several team members had direct, prolonged exposure to COVID-19 as recently as March 6 and the team would need to quarantine for 10 days.
Parents in San Diego Unified hope no students get COVID. One mom says she will continue to cheer for her son and all players no matter what vantage point she has to watch the game.
“We are happy to be here and support Zyun he was excited to come and play even though we could not be on the inside, but we are here to support on the outside, all of the kids,” said Keisha McGee, Mira Mesa H.S. mother.
Scripps won 21-0. 
You can also watch the games on a live feed. 
Superintendent Marten says a decision on observers inside the stadium will be made by April 12  when students to return to campus.
RELATED: Scripps Ranch parents fight to sit in stands during football games

News 8 Throwback: Grammy Award winning artists performing in San Diego

In this week’s News 8 Throwback we show you a menagerie of talented musicians performing in our city in the 1980s and ’90s.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The 63rd annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday March 14 on CBS and News 8. We dug into our archives to find artists who have been honored with Grammy awards and nominations. A menagerie of talented musicians performing in our city in the 1980s and ’90s is this week’s News 8 Throwback.

Willie Nelson won 10 Grammy Awards and has been nominated an impressive 52 times. Here he is performing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on June 5, 1981. Larry Himmel was there and said Nelson’s voice was rich in flavor, tempered by years on the road, slightly seasoned with Jack Daniels.

Willie Nelson and Friends in San Diego 1981

Madonna concert at SDSU Open Air Theatre in San Diego in 1985

Madonna boasts 7 wins and 28 nominations. On April 19, 1985, The Virgin Tour stopped in San Diego at SDSU Open Air Theater.

U2 at The San Diego Sports Arena in 1987 and 1992

Legendary Irish rockers U2 have 22 wins and 46 nominations. They have been to San Diego many times. The three shows we are featuring were all in April–1987, 1992, and 1997.

U2 PopMart Tour Jack Murphy Stadium 1997

Kenny G in San Diego 1988

Kenny G is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. The soothing sounds of his saxophone entertained the crowd at Humphrey’s by the Bay on June 19, 1988. He has won one Grammy and has 17 nominations.

Nathan East Profile 1993

It was a big night for Eric Clapton at The Grammy Awards in 1993. Larry Himmel met up with his bass player, Crawford High and UCSD alum, Nathan East. East has been nominated for the coveted award 7 times. In 2013 he recorded the bass line for the 2013 hit “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. It won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in 2014.
For a complete list of San Diego concerts and more Grammy Award winners, check this out. 
RELATED: News 8 Throwback: Local bands rocking San Diego in the 1980s & ‘90s
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News 8 Throwback: San Diego Padres return for spring training season in Arizona

In this week’s News 8 Throwback, we take a look back at the spring training seasons of yesteryear as the Padres kick off a month of play in Arizona’s Cactus League.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Spring training kicked off Sunday for the San Diego Padres for a month of play at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona. It’s the first time since March of last year that the Padres were able to play in front of fans and hear real crowd noise.

The excitement over the 2021 Padres season has reached a fever pitch with the team giving phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. a mega-contract extension and the offseason acquisitions of pitchers Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Mark Melancon. The hype around the 2021 Padres is real, with many baseball writers putting the friars as a top contender for a World Series trophy.
The Padres are set to open the regular season April 1 against Arizona at Petco Park. The full spring training schedule is available here.
Now, let’s take a look back at the spring training seasons of yesteryear with these vintage clips featuring notable Padres players including Tony Gwynn, Ken Caminiti, Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield and more.

San Diego Padres spring training in 1979

News 8’s Ted Leitner headed to Yuma, Arizona in March of 1979 for San Diego Padres spring training. Third baseman-turned-coach Doug Rader spoke to Ted about his reputation as a player and his plans for the Padres organization. Ted also took a ride around Yuma with Padres relief pitcher John D’Acquisto to see what the city had to offer ball players. 

San Diego Padres spring training in 1984

News 8’s Jim Laslavic got an early glimpse of the San Diego Padres team in 1984 at spring training in Yuma, Arizona. Interviews with Steve Garvey, Ed Whitson and other players revealed their hopes for the upcoming season in which they won their first National League pennant. “If there’s ever a time that we’re gonna win it, it’s gonna be this year,” said one player.  

San Diego Padres roster at spring training 1993

As the San Diego Padres began their final spring training season in Yuma, Arizona, News 8’s Rick Powers checked in with the players, management and fans about the upcoming season. Amidst many new faces on the team, Powers noted “the big three” expected to be successful in the 1993 season were Tony Gwynn, Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield.

Padres play last spring training game in Yuma, AZ in 1993

At the end of March 1993, the San Diego Padres played their last spring training game in Yuma, Arizona, and News 8’s Rick Powers was there. Padres legend Tony Gwynn said he would miss playing in Yuma because after more than a decade he had finally found a good fishing spot nearby. The team had practiced in Yuma in 1969 but in 1994 moved to the City of Peoria, along with the Seattle Mariners to play at the first two-team spring training facility ever built, Peoria Sports Complex.  

Padres/Astros Trade 1994 and Spring Training 1995

The San Diego Padres announced Padres/Astros trade of December 1994, Steve Finley and Ken Caminiti at a press conference in 1995.

Ken Caminiti at San Diego Padres spring training in 1997

In February 1997, Gold Glove Award-winning third baseman Ken Caminiti arrived at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, with his San Diego Padres teammates. Just five months prior, Caminiti had undergone surgery to re-attach a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, but he was hopeful he would be ready for the season opener. Caminiti was also coming off of being named the National League MVP in 1996 – the only time a Padre received the honor in franchise history. He went on to earn himself another Golden Glove in the 1997 season and was named to the All-Star team. Sadly, Caminiti died in 2004 of a drug overdose. He was posthumously inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame in 2016.