Pat Murphy might have more of a desire to win than anyone else. It's always been that way.
Late at night, when his Tucson Padres duties are through, Pat Murphy calls up his son-in-law's games.
Tucson Padres manager Pat Murphy says he has "a different feeling inside me" when son-in-law and big-leaguer Pedro Alvarez is at bat.
Infielder Dean Anna is hitting .334 with 29 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBIs, and has played in 91 of Tucson's first 98 games.
Rene Rivera was set to join Padres teammate Dean Anna at the Triple-A All-Star Game until he was called up to San Diego. Manager Pat Murphy said the game is an honor, but with a call to the majors "there's no thinking involved in that one."
Dean Anna has made 47 starts at three positions for the Tucson Padres this year.
Pat Murphy, who made his name in college baseball at Notre Dame and ASU, has brought his brand of "Murphy Ball" to the Tucson Padres.
Tucson Padres manager Pat Murphy jokes with players in the dugout. His team won 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, it was nearly 30 minutes of practicing bunt defense. One day earlier, it was working on tagging from third base on a fly ball to the outfield.
Yasmani Grandal had a .297 average with eight homers and 36 RBIs in 60 games with the San Diego Padres last year after a brief stop in Tucson. In November, he was suspended for 50 games for elevated testosterone levels.
Yasmani Grandal wears baseball's scarlet letter. He knows some people will look at him different. He hopes his teammates won't.
The Tucson Padres will take the field next month in Toros uniforms.
One day at the start of the Tucson Toros' 1980 season, the team's clubhouse manager ran into then-general manager Jack Donovan's office.
It was a few minutes before midnight when Robbie Erlin’s cell phone rang. His manager Pat Murphy’s name popped up on the screen and the Tucson Padres left-hander couldn’t imagine what his skipper wanted.
The way Daniel Robertson sees it, there are worse places to be than Triple-A baseball for a second straight year.
will coach first home game with Tucson tonight against Fresno.
Travis Buck got some at-bats with the San Diego Padres in spring training, and has had a strong start with Tucson, hitting over .300.