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Play ball: 8 things to know about the Padres 2018 season

Play ball: 8 things to know about the Padres 2018 season

The San Diego Padres enter the 2018 season with a new face of the franchise and skyrocketing optimism about the future.

That future is not quite now.

“We’re still a long ways from where we want to be, and that’s playing games in October,” manager Andy Green said recently. “We’re nowhere near that.”

That doesn’t mean this season doesn’t promise to have its moments. Far from it.

In honor of first baseman Eric Hosmer’s eight-year contract, the richest in Padres history, here are eight things to know about the Padres that should provide an entertaining 2018 season.

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