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Padres, Spring Training Come to USD

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U-T San Diego -- From atop the mesa on which it sits, the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park and Cunningham Field provides a window to Mission Bay and, beyond that, the Pacific Ocean.

Nowhere in sight: the dust storm that accompanied Wednesday’s departure from Peoria.

Arizona behind them, opening night looming straight ahead, the Padres face remaining spring business: their final Cactus League games, more than 300 miles away from Loop 101. Friday and Saturday, they’ll host the Indians in intimately set exhibitions, a chance for those who’ve stayed west of the border to experience what they missed.

“We just thought outside the box,” said Padres president and CEO Mike Dee, “...what if we brought spring training to San Diego?”

That was the question Dee, along with club part-owner Tom Seidler, posed to USD Athletic Director Ky Snyder during a campus visit in mid-January. (Full Story

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