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San Diego Padres

(San Diego Padres)


San Diego Padres

(San Diego Padres)


Season Recap: San Diego let its young players play, and they did a nice job. Manuel Margot, Jose Pirela, Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Jose Torres, and Denilson Lamet all proved they were ready for the majors. The team lost 91 games, but with more talent coming up from the minors, the future looks bright.

July 11, 2017: Reliever Brad Hand was a member of the 2017 All-Star squad. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning and struck out Robinson Cano.

November 1, 2016: San Diego hoped its veterans would keep the team in the division race until help arrived from the minors. That did not happen, but fans did get a preview of the team’s 2017 batting order. Will Myers had an All-Star season, Travis Jankowski stole 30 bases, and top prospects Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot got a taste of big-league action.

October 5, 2016: San Diego got power from unexpected players, including Wil Myers, Ryan Schimpf, Alex Dickerson, and Adam Rosales. Outfielders Travis Jankowski, Manuel Margot, and Hunter Renfroe also looked good for the Padres. It was the pitching that fell short of expectations. No pitcher won more than 9 games, and injuries and trades ruined the staff.

October 14, 2015: San Diego’s investment in stars over the winter did not pay off during the summer. Outfielders Justin Upton, Wil Myers, and Matt Kemp combined to hit just 57 home runs, and pitcher James Shield won just 13 times. The Padres won just 74 games.

April 5, 2015: The Padres had a busy off-season. They added four of the game’s best players in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, and James Shields. They join a solid supporting cast that may have just enough talent to catch the division-favorite Dodgers in the NL West.

November 1, 2014: Hitting has been a challenge for the Padres for a long time, and 2014 was no exception. No player hit more than 15 homers and only one drive in more than 50 runs. San Diego's strength was its pitching, with starters Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, and Odrisamer Despaigne throwing well. Ross was the team's best overall player, with 13 wins, a 2.81 ERA and 195 strikeouts.

March 31, 2014: San Diego's pitching can be very stingy. The problem is that the Padres' hitting doesn't give the hurlers much support. This year could be different. A young and talented infield is entering its prime, and Will Venable seems ready to have an All-Star season. If the key players can stay healthy, San Diego has a chance to win a Wild Card.

October 1, 2013: The big story in San Diego for 2013 was Jedd Gyorko, He led the club in home runs and became the first rookie second baseman in history to lead his team in RBIs. Another good story was Will Venable, who had a breakout year in his sixth season with the Padres. The Padres finished in a third-place tie with the Giants, and will look to their young pitchers for a boost in 2014.

March 30, 2013: The Padres are building an excellent all-around team. Can they pass the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West? That will depend on key players like Chase Headley, Everth Cabrera, Andrew Cashner, and Huston Street. The Padres won’t give up many runs, so all they need to do is find ways to score.

October 3, 2012: They say that the Padres ballpark is hard on hitters, but someone forgot to tell Chase Headley. In the last two months of the season, he was unstoppable. Headley led the NL with 115 RBIs and was named Player of the Month in August and September. Everth Cabrera, who did not join the team until the middle of May, ended up leading the league with 44 stolen bases.

June 30, 2012: Switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal became the first player ever to hit homers righty and lefty for his first two big-league hits.

April, 2012: The Padres pulled off a huge trade with the Cincinnati Reds over the winter when they traded their ace, Mat Latos. In return, they received Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, and Yasmani Grandal. All three could have a big impact on the Padres in 2012. The team also added slugger Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street.

After his playing career ended, Cito Gaston became the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and guided them to two World Series titles. (Topps, Inc.)




When the Yankees said goodbye to Goose Gossage and Graig Nettles, New York fans had a queasy feeling that the pair would end up playing in a World Series for someone else. They were right. (Time Inc./Sports Illustrated)




This card came in an update set issued after the 1988 season. Andy Benes was one of the stars of the U.S. Olympic team that summer. (Topps, Inc.)


Cito Gaston — Outfielder
Born: 3/17/1944
Played for Team: 1969 to 1974
Cito Gaston played all three outfield positions for the Padres in their early years. He was an All-Star in 1970, when he belted 29 homers and led the club with a .318 average and 93 RBIs.

Gene Richards — Outfielder
Born: 9/29/1953
Played for Team: 1977 to 1983
Gene Richards was the first chosen in the 1975 player draft. His blazing speed made him one of the league's most exciting stars. Before Tony Gwynn joined the club, Richards had the highest lifetime batting average in team history.

Eric Show — Pitcher
Born: 5/19/1956
Died: 3/16/1994
Played for Team: 1981 to 1990
Eric Show was the Padres' top pitcher in 1984, leading the team in wins and innings pitched. In all, Show won 100 games for San Diego—still the most in team history.

Terry Kennedy — Catcher
Born: 6/4/1956
Played for Team: 1981 to 1986
Terry Kennedy was an All-Star three times for the Padres and helped them win their first pennant in 1984. In 1982, Kennedy had 42 doubles—one of the highest totals ever for a catcher.

Garry Templeton — Shortstop
Born: 3/24/1956
Played for Team: 1982 to 1991
Garry Templeton was the Padres' everyday shortstop for eight years in a row. He batted over .300 for San Diego in the 1984 playoffs and World Series, and was an All-Star in 1985.

Goose Gossage — Pitcher
Born: 7/5/1951
Played for Team: 1984 to 1987
Goose Gossage was the closer for the pennant-winning team in 1984. He was an All-Star that season and again in 1985. Gossage saved 83 games in four years in San Diego.

Benito Santiago — Catcher
Born: 3/9/1965
Played for Team: 1986 to 1992
Benito Santiago's arm was so strong he could throw out baserunners from his knees. Santiago was named Rookie of the Year in 1987 and represented the Padres in the All-Star Game each year from 1989 to 1992.

Roberto Alomar — Second Baseman
Born: 2/5/1968
Played for Team: 1988 to 1990
Roberto Alomar began his Hall of Fame career as a Padre. He was one of the NL's top rookies in 1988 and played in the All-Star Game in 1990, his final year in San Diego. Alomar stole 90 bases in his three seasons with the Padres.

Andy Benes — Pitcher
Born: 8/11/1989
Played for Team: 1989 to 1995
The Padres made Andy Benes the first overall pick in the 1988 draft. He was an All-Star in 1993 and led the NL in strikeouts in 1994.


This is actually a 3-D card that lets you feel all the details of the picture. I donated several boxes to a school for blind children in New York, and they were a big hit. (Topps, Inc.)


When Dave Winfield graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1973, he was drafted by the Padres, the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL, and two pro basketball teams—the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Stars. He is one of only three athletes to be drafted by four different pro teams.

The day before the 1978 All-Star Game in San Diego, the Padres invited fans to watch the players practice. More than 30,000 fans showed up. It was the beginning of today's three-day All-Star festivities.

In 1988, Tony Gwynn won the batting title with a .313 average. It was an amazing achievement considering that, in July, his average was below .250.

Fred Norman won only nine games for the Padres in 1972. However, six of those victories were shutouts.

The Padres' first manager, Preston Gomez, once took pitcher Clay Kirby out of a game after eight no-hit innings. The Padres were behind, and Gomez wanted to use a pinch-hitter instead of the weak-hitting Kirby when it was his turn to bat.

In 1992 Fred McGriff hit 35 homers for the Padres to lead the National League. Three years earlier, he had led the American League with 36 for the Blue Jays. He was the first player to do this since Sam Crawford in 1908!


Gary Sheffield was amazing in his two years with the Padres, but most fans forget that San Diego traded him for someone even more amazing: Trevor Hoffman. (Author's Collection)



Gaylord Perry listed his two Cy Young Awards under his autograph. He won in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians and 1978 with the Padres. (Author's Collection)


Home Runs
1992 — Fred McGriff — 35
1998 — Greg Vaughn — 50

Batting Average
1984 — Tony Gwynn — .351
1987 — Tony Gwynn — .370
1988 — Tony Gwynn — .313
1989 — Tony Gwynn — .336
1992 — Gary Sheffield — .330
1994 — Tony Gwynn — .394
1995 — Tony Gwynn — .368
1996 — Tony Gwynn — .353
1997 — Tony Gwynn — .372

Runs Batted In
1979 — Dave Winfield — 118
2012 — Chase Headley — 115

Stolen Bases
2012 — Everth Cabrera — 44

1976 — Randy Jones — 22
1978 — Gaylord Perry — 21
2007 — Jake Peavy — 19

1994 — Andy Benes — 189
2005 — Jake Peavy — 216
2007 — Jake Peavy — 240

Earned Run Average
1975 — Randy Jones — 2.24
2004 — Jake Peavy — 2.27
2007 — Jake Peavy — 2.54

1984 Detroit Tigers Lost 4–1
1998 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
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