As Padres’ season spirals, questions emerge about culture, cohesion and chemistry

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — The morning of the final game of a series against the Dodgers at Petco Park in early August was pretty much like every other morning that preceded a Padres’ day game this season. Just a handful of players — none of them starters — appeared on the field to take grounders hit by third base coach Matt Williams during the voluntary infield workout. It is a recurring scene that has roiled numerous veteran Padres players. And none of the days got under their skin like that one. Because when the Padres’ allotted time was finished, virtually every Dodgers player took the field for some pre…

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