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San Diego Padres v Seattle Mariners

The San Diego Padres are expected to offer third baseman Chase Headley a multi-year extension that would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Headley, who missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a thumb injury, has posted a  .280/.373/.540 line in 13 games this year, with three home runs. Over his career, the former second round pick of the Padres in the 2005 draft owns a .273/.352/.420 line with 70 home runs, and a 16.1 combined fWAR.

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San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres will be without Chase Headley for the next 4-6 weeks following confirmation of a fractured thumb. Headley suffered the injury sliding into second base while trying to break up a double play in a Spring Training game on Sunday. His availability for Opening Day was doubtful after it was revealed he would be undergoing further tests and X-rays on Monday.

The club confirmed that they will be without their best player for at least four weeks, but likely longer. Via San Diego Union-Tribune:

“Four weeks is optimistic,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday afternoon. “We’ve heard anything from four to six weeks.”

The next order of business for the Padres is designating a third baseman for Opening Day. Logan Forsyth, who has been out with plantar fascitis, and Jed Gyorko are the leading candidates right now.

Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances last season.

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres could be without Chase Headley to begin the season. Headley, who enjoyed a career year in 2012, suffered a jammed thumb attempting to break up a double play in a Spring Training game on Sunday. The 28-year old third baseman was scheduled to fill David Wright’s roster spot on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but his opportunity to represent his country died when the Americans were eliminated on Friday night.

Padres manager Bud Black told Corey Brock of MLB.com that Headley will undergo “some studies”, X-rays, and “some other scans”. The play looked rather harmless, but Black provided some context to Headley’s injury by noting that Headley “got stuck and twisted around and his thumb ended up hitting the bag … his thumb was in a bad spot”.

Headley, as the casual baseball fan will note, led the National League in RBI last season. He also set career highs in home runs (31), OBP (.376), SLG (.498), wOBA (.378), and BB% (12.3%). Headley posted a 7.5 win season by Fangraphs’ count and 6.2 by Baseball Reference’s calculation method. Chase Headley is very valuable to the Padres and his absence from the lineup for any length of time is going to sting.

Both Logan Forsyth and Jed Gyorko could both find themselves being leaned upon in the event that Headley misses time. Gyorko is the current favourite to land the Padres’ starting second base job, while Forsyth is working his way back from plantar fasciitis.

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

Whether we like our players to stroke dongs or jack taters, we all know our fantasy-based desire for the stat borders on the lecherous. The problem with the home run is that it’s such an I/O situation: it’s either a home run or it’s not. And using stats like isolated slugging percentage to try and suss out changes in a player’s power profile can be confounded by the fact that any ball that lands in the park is then subject to the interaction between the fielder’s grace and the batter’s speed. Doubles don’t always turn into home runs. Sometimes doubles are actually stretched-out-singles or boffed grounders in the outfield.

Are there peripheral stats for batters that can help us predict power surges? Or at least some numbers that can help predict which power surges will stick?

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The baseball season is really, really long. Beautifully long, but really long. Long enough that, come late July or early August, it starts to feel like it’s always been baseball season, and always will be. So then we get to this part of the year, and suddenly there are about twenty games left, and the fact that the season will end eventually (and pretty soon, at that) is a bit hard to get the ol’ head around. And then I realize that as closely and regularly as I follow baseball, and as much as I read about it, there’s been a ton of stuff going on in the game that I just haven’t paid any attention to at all.

That might be especially true this season.  It feels to me as though this year, more than any others I can remember, has revolved around a small handful of individual players. Trout and Pujols in Anaheim; Harper and Strasburg in Washington; Cabrera, Fielder and Verlander in Detroit. Hamilton, Felix, Braun, Cain. Your mileage may vary, and there are probably several I’m forgetting who belong there, but the national stories I’ve seen have tended to focus on one or two of the guys in that group.

Conversely, and naturally, there are plenty of players having great, good or merely interesting seasons who, as far as I can tell, have received essentially no national attention. Here are my favorite five:

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