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San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres

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Ballpark:
Petco Park
Established:
1969
Affiliations:
AAA Tucson Padres, AA San Antonio Missions,Advanced A Lake Elsinore Storm, A Fort Wayne TinCaps,Short Season A Eugene Emeralds
Retired Numbers:
6, 19, 31, 35, 42
Owners:
John Moores, Jeff Moorad Group, Troy Aikman
Manager:
General Manager:
Jed Hoyer
Played As:
SDN

All-Time Team – San Diego Padres

First Base – Adrian Gonzalez

Fred McGriff had a couple of big years for the Padres, leading the National League with 35 home runs in 1992.  But he only spent two full seasons in San Diego.  Nate Colbert also posted some fairly impressive power numbers for the Padres during the team’s formative years, hitting 38 homers twice and knocking in as many as 111 runs in 1972.  But Colbert was a mediocre fielder, at best, and he compiled a batting average of only .253 and an on-base percentage of just .331 over the course of his six seasons in San Diego.  That left Adrian Gonzalez as the clear-cut choice for the starting first base job on our All-Time Team.  A member of the Padres for five seasons, Gonzalez compiled totals of 161 home runs, 501 runs batted in, and 464 runs scored with the team from 2006 to 2010, while also posting a .288 batting average and a .374 on-base percentage.  He hit at least 30 home runs four times, drove in more than 100 runs three times, scored more than 100 runs twice, and batted over .300 once.  An outstanding fielder as well, Gonzalez won two Gold Gloves as a member of the Padres.

Second Base – Mark Loretta

An extremely underrated player, Mark Loretta spent three seasons in San Diego, during which time he batted over .300 twice, scored more than 100 runs once, and earned one All-Star selection and one top-10 finish in the league MVP voting.  Loretta had his best year in 2004, when he hit 16 home runs, knocked in 76 runs, scored 108 others, accumulated 208 hits and 47 doubles, and batted .335, en route to finishing ninth in the N.L. MVP balloting.

Third Base – Ken Caminiti

Switch-hitting Ken Caminiti spent four years in San Diego, averaging 30 home runs and 99 runs batted in during that time, while also doing an outstanding job in the field.  The slugging third baseman had his best year in 1996, winning N.L. MVP honors by hitting 40 home runs, driving in 130 runs, scoring 109 others, batting .326, and compiling an on-base percentage of .408 and a slugging percentage of .621.  Caminiti appeared in two All-Star Games and won three Gold Gloves while playing for the Padres.

Shortstop – Garry Templeton

Although he actually experienced his greatest success earlier in his career as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Garry Templeton got the nod here as San Diego’s all-time shortstop.  Templeton started at shortstop for the Padres for nine full seasons, during which time he accumulated 1,135 hits, stole 101 bases, and batted .252.  A starter on San Diego’s 1984 pennant-winning squad, Templeton had his best year for the team the following year, when he batted .282, scored 63 runs, stole 16 bases, and made the All-Star Team for the only time as a Padre.

Left Field – Dave Winfield

Primarily a right-fielder throughout most of his Hall of Fame career, Dave Winfield will move over to play left on our All-Time Team due to the

presence of Tony Gwynn in right.  Winfield spent his first eight major league seasons with the Padres, hitting 154 home runs, knocking in 626 runs, and batting .284 during that time, while also earning four All-Star selections, two Gold Gloves, and two top-10 finishes in the league MVP voting.  He had his best year for the Padres in 1979, when he hit 34 homers, drove in a league-leading 118 runs, scored 97 others, batted .308, and compiled an on-base percentage of .395, en route to earning a third-place finish in the N.L. MVP balloting.

 

Center Field – Steve Finley

 A solid player for several different teams during a major-league career that lasted 19 years, Steve Finley spent four of those years patrolling center field for the San Diego Padres.  During that time, Finley hit 82 home runs, scored 423 runs, stole 85 bases, and batted .276.  He scored more than 100 runs three times for the Padres, while also stealing more than 20 bases on two separate occasions.  Finley had his best year for the team in 1996, when he hit 30 home runs, drove in 95 runs, scored 126 others, accumulated 195 hits and 45 doubles, stole 22 bases, and batted .298. His outstanding performance earned him a 10th-place finish in the league MVP voting.  Finley earned one All-Star nomination and two Gold Gloves as a member of the Padres.

Right Field – Tony Gwynn 

The right-fielder on San Diego’s All-Time Team is also the greatest player in franchise history.  Tony Gwynn compiled a lifetime batting average of .338 for the Padres over 20 seasons, winning eight batting titles along the way.  He also accumulated 3,141 hits, 1,383 runs scored, 543 doubles, and 319 stolen bases – all franchise records.  Gwynn appeared in 15 All-Star Games, won five Gold Gloves, and placed in the top 10 in the league MVP voting a total of seven times.

Catcher  - Benito Santiago

Gene Tenace also merited consideration for the starting job behind the plate, but I decided to give the spot to Benito Santiago instead because of his superior defensive skills.  Santiago spent six full seasons in San Diego at the beginning of his career, winning three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers, while also being selected to appear in the All-Star Game four times.  He made his first year with the team his best, capturing N.L. Rookie of the Year honors in 1987 by hitting 18 home runs, driving in 79 runs, stealing 21 bases, and batting .300.  Santiago performed extremely well again in 1991, when he hit 17 homers, knocked in 87 runs, and batted .267.  Tenace will serve as Santiago’s back-up.

Starting Pitcher – Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy spent parts of eight seasons with the Padres, establishing himself during that time as arguably the best starting pitcher in franchise history.  Peavy compiled an overall record for the team of 92-68, along with an outstanding 3.29 ERA.  He led the National League in wins once, and he also topped the circuit in ERA and strikeouts two times each.  Peavy captured N.L. Cy Young honors in 2007, when he led all league hurlers with a record of 19-6, a 2.54 ERA, and 240 strikeouts.  He also finished seventh in the league MVP voting.

Starting Pitcher – Randy Jones

Despite posting a losing record over the course of his eight years in San Diego, Randy Jones had two exceptional years for the Padres that earned him a spot in the starting rotation of our All-Time Team.  After finishing 20-12 with a league-leading 2.24 ERA in 1975, the left-hander led all N.L. hurlers with 22 victories, 25 complete games, and 315 innings pitched the following year.  He also compiled an ERA of 2.74, en route to earning the Cy Young Award and the second of two straight All-Star selections.  Jones ended his time in San Diego with an overall record of 92-105 and an ERA of 3.30.

Starting Pitcher – Eric Show

After spending most of his first two seasons in San Diego working out of the Padres bullpen, Eric Show became a regular member of the team’s starting rotation in 1983.  He spent the next seven years serving the club in that capacity, compiling an overall record of 100-87 in 10 seasons.  Show had his two best years in 1984 and 1988, posting a record of 15-9 for the National League champions in the first of those campaigns.  He finished 16-11 for San Diego in 1988, with a 3.26 ERA and 13 complete games. 

Starting Pitcher – Bruce Hurst

After experiencing a considerable amount of success with the Boston Red Sox earlier in his career, Bruce Hurst joined the Padres in 1989.  He spent the next four years in San Diego, winning 15 games twice, while throwing well over 200 innings each season.  The left-hander had his best year for the team in 1989, going 15-11, with a 2.69 ERA and a league-leading 10 complete games.  Hurst ended his time in San Diego with an overall record of 55-38 and a .3.27 ERA.

Starting Pitcher – Andy Benes

Andy Benes edged out Ed Whitson and Alan Ashby for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation.  Benes compiled an overall record of 69-75 for the Padres over seven seasons, along with a respectable 3.57 ERA.  He had his best year in 1991, when he finished 15-11 with a 3.03 ERA.

Closer – Trevor Hoffman

Rollie Fingers had three outstanding years for the Padres, but Trevor Hoffman saved more games than any other pitcher in baseball history over the course of his 16 seasons in San Diego.  Hoffman’s 601 saves are a major-league record, and he compiled 552 of them while pitching for the Padres from 1993 to 2008.

Manager – Bruce Bochy

San Diego compiled an overall record of only 951-975 under Bruce Bochy, for a rather mediocre .494 winning percentage.  However, Bochy led the Padres to one pennant and four N.L. West titles in his 12 years as manager, piloting the team to four of the five total playoff appearances in franchise history.  The Padres won a team-record 98 games under Bochy in 1998 – the last time they appeared in the World Series.

 
Tagged:
1984 World Series, 1998 World Series, Expansion of 1969, San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres (PCL), Ted Williams
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