The Sports Network - Major League Baseball: "Josh Bard and Rob Bowen will be called upon to replace Mike Piazza at catcher. From a fielding standpoint the two will only help the Padres, who threw out a league worst 26 runners a year ago. Bard, who was acquired from the Red Sox last May, is the better hitter of the two and will most-likely get the start on Opening Day. In just 93 games last season the 29-year old hit .333 with nine home runs and 40 RBI."
We hope to go to Chicago in June, when the Padres play the Cubs, and see Rob in action.