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San Diego Padres Opening Day Preview

Manny Machado talks to the media during a news conference at San Diego Padres spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
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Manny Machado talks to the media during a news conference at San Diego Padres spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
San Diego Padres Opening Day Preview
GUEST: Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, sports commentator Subscribe to the Midday Edition podcast on iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcatcher.

The day San Diego baseball fans have been waiting for all year is almost here.

The Padres 2019 season starts Thursday with a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Opening day is sold out and there’s a lot of optimism around the team after the Padres closed a 10-year, $300 million deal with All-Star infielder Manny Machado.

On Tuesday, the excitement around opening day grew after news that the number two prospect overall in baseball, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., joined the team and will be playing next to Machado on opening day.

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But the Padres haven't played in the post-season since 2006 and the team lost 96 games last year. So can the team turn things around this season?

Longtime San Diego sports commentator Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton joins Midday Edition to talk about what fans can expect.