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Coach John Kentera’s Weekly Quick Hits

Fernando Tatis Jr., Alex Dickerson trade, and USA Women's soccer.

June 11, 2019 - 3:40 pm

Fernando Tatis Jr.

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It’s amazing how a 20-year-old rookie can have such an impact on a Major League team both on the field and off. We all realized that he was a very special talent on the field as soon as we saw him in a big league uniform. What we didn’t know was the passion and enthusiasm that he plays with. The Padres were 15-19 while Fernando was out rehabbing his ailing left hamstring.  His trademark, the sugar cane chop, has been a fun thing for his teammates and even more enjoyable for enthusiastic Padre fans. I hope this young man will never change and keep playing the game with the same passion and enthusiasm that he is showing in his rookie campaign. I also hope the Padres get a long term deal done with him in the near future. He’s a Hall of Fame talent.

Alex Dickerson traded to the San Francisco Giants

The Padres on Monday traded 29-year-old outfielder Alex Dickerson to the San Francisco Giants for 23-year-old right-hander Franklin Van Gurp. Alex, a Poway High alumnus, should get an opportunity for some playing time with Bruce Bochy’s squad. Dickerson missed the 2017 season with a bulging disc in his back, and in 2018 underwent Tommy John surgery. Alex started the season at Triple-A El Paso and then appeared in 12 games for the Padres, going 3 for 19 with two RBsI. Overall at El Paso, Dickerson was hitting .372, with five home runs, 20 RBIs and an OPS of 1.075 in 26 games. Alex has worked hard to overcome some debilitating injuries. He’s a super guy and I wish him the very best. For the time being, he will report to Triple-A Sacramento.

USA Women Romp to first-round Win

The USA Women’s National team blasted Thailand in there FIFA World Cup opener 13-0.  The defending World Cup champions scored three first half goals and then came out and absolutely destroyed the overmatched and overwhelmed Thailand ladies, pouring home ten second-half goals. The U.S. will be off until June 16th (Father's Day) when they take on Chile, who dropped their first match to Sweden 2-0. You don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy a group that is talented and plays with great passion and pride.

Have a great week. Coach Kentera
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