|The San Diego Padres
are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. They play in the National League Western Division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won the National League Pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times.
The Padres are one of four teams to never have a pitcher toss a no-hit game, and are one of just three teams to have never had a player hit for the cycle.
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Pre 1970s: Beginnings
The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League
team which arrived in San Diego in 1936. That minor league
franchise won the PCL title in 1937, led by then-18-year-old San Diegan Ted Williams
In 1969, the San Diego Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball
as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos
(now the Washington Nationals
), the Kansas City Royals
and the Seattle Pilots
(now the Milwaukee Brewers
). Their original owner was C. Arnholt Smith
, a prominent San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL
Padres whose interests included banking, tuna fishing, hotels, real estate and an airline. Despite initial excitement, the guidance of longtime baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi
and a new playing field
, the team struggled; the Padres finished in last place in each of its first six seasons in the NL West
, losing 100 games or more four times. One of the few bright spots on the team during the early years was first baseman
and slugger Nate Colbert
, an expansion draftee from the Houston Astros
and still (as of 2007) the Padres' career leader in home runs.
Before the 1974 season began, the Padres were on the verge of being sold to Joseph Danzansky
, who was planning to move the franchise to Washington, D.C.
by the beginning of the 1974 season. People were so convinced the transfer would happen that new uniforms were designed. Even the baseball card companies were fooled. About half of the Padres' player cards printed by Topps
that season displayed "Washington National League" as the team name. But C. Arnholt Smith changed his mind, and instead sold the Padres to McDonald's
co-founder Ray Kroc
, who was not interested in moving the team and kept the team in San Diego. The nation's capital would have to wait until after the 2004 season, when the Montreal Expos
, the Padres' sister National League expansion team in 1969, transferred to the District of Columbia and became the Washington Nationals
1970s: Winfield, Jones, Fingers and Ozzie
In his first home game as the Padres' new owner in 1974, Ray Kroc
grabbed the public address system microphone and apologized to fans for the poor performance of the team, saying, "I've never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life." At the same time, a streaker
raced across the field, eluding security personnel. Kroc shouted, "Throw him in jail!" The following season, 1975, would be the first season that the Padres would not finish in the National League West cellar (finishing fourth), and brought the promise of an owner who would make the necessary changes to the organization.
is one of two major-league baseball players (Stan Musial
is the other) to have hit five home runs in a doubleheader, a feat he accomplished as a Padre. He collected 13 RBIs in that doubleheader, still a major league record. Although the Padres continued to struggle after Colbert's departure via trade to the Detroit Tigers
in 1974, they did feature star outfielder Dave Winfield
, who came to the Padres in 1973 from the University of Minnesota
without having played a single game in the minor leagues
. Winfield was also drafted by the Minnesota Vikings
of the National Football League
, the Atlanta Hawks
of the National Basketball Association
and the Utah Stars
of the American Basketball Association
Winfield took over where Colbert left off, starring in the Padres outfield from 1973 until 1980, when he joined the New York Yankees
. In seven seasons, Winfield played in 1,117 games for San Diego and collected 1,134 hits, 154 home runs and drove in 626 runs. But most importantly, he helped the team out of the National League West
basement for the first time in 1975, under the guidance of manager John McNamara
, who took over the club at the start of the 1974 season.
Winfield's emergence as a legitimate star coincided with the turnaround of a promising young left-handed pitcher named Randy Jones
, who had suffered through 22 losses in 1974. Jones became the first San Diego pitcher to win 20 games in 1975, going 20-12 in 37 outings as the Padres finished in fourth place with a 71-91 record, 37 games behind the Cincinnati Reds
Jones won 22 games in 1976, winning the Cy Young Award
in the process, another franchise first. The club set a new high with 73 wins, but fell to fifth place.
Jones slipped to 6-12 in 1977, and not even the acquisition of Rollie Fingers
could help the Padres escape the bottom half of the division. Only Winfield and fellow outfielder George Hendrick
cracked the 20-homer barrier, and the pitching staff was filled with a group of unknowns and youngsters, few of whom would enjoy much success at the major league level.
The 1978 season brought hope to baseball fans in San Diego, thanks to the arrival a young shortstop named Ozzie Smith
, who arrived on the scene and turned the baseball world on its ears with an acrobatic style that redefined how the position should be played in the field. The Padres hosted the All-Star Game
that summer. The National League won the contest 7-3 thanks to an MVP performance by Los Angeles Dodgers
first baseman Steve Garvey
, who would play a crucial role for San Diego in the not-too-distant future.
Winfield and Fingers represented the team at the game, but conspicuously absent was starting pitcher Gaylord Perry
, who joined the Padres after spending three years with the Texas Rangers
. At 39 years of age and coming off a 15-14 season with Texas, little was expected of him. All Perry did that summer was post a 21-6 record and a 2.73 earned run average
, edging Montreal's Ross Grimsley
to earn the Padres' second Cy Young Award
in three seasons. San Diego also picked up another first that summer, compiling an 84-78 mark for manager Roger Craig
, the only time in 10 seasons the team finished a season with a winning percentage above .500.
The good times did not last, as the Padres closed out the decade with another losing season in 1979, a 68-93 record that cost Craig his job. Winfield was the lone bright spot, leading the National League with 118 RBIs. The good times continued to fade out as Winfield signed a 10-year contract with the New York Yankees
after the 1980 season.
1984: The first pennant
The 1984 season began with a shock: Ray Kroc died of heart disease on January 14. Ownership of the team passed to his third wife, Joan B. Kroc
. The team would wear Ray's initials, "RAK" on their jersey's left sleeve during the entire season.
Fortunately, happier times were ahead for the team. The Padres finished at 92-70 in 1984 and won the National League West championship, despite having no players with 100-RBI and only two batters with 20-HR. They were managed by Dick Williams
and had an offense that featured veterans Steve Garvey
, Garry Templeton
, Graig Nettles
, Alan Wiggins
as well as Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn
, who captured his first of what would be eight National League batting championships that year (he would also win in 1987-89 and from 1994-97; Gwynn shares the National League record with Honus Wagner
). Gwynn, who also would win five National League Gold Gloves during his career, joined the Padres in 1982 following starring roles in both baseball and basketball
at San Diego State University
(he still holds the school record for career basketball assists), and after having been selected in the previous year by both the Padres in the baseball draft and by the then San Diego Clippers
in the National Basketball Association
draft. The Padres pitching staff in 1984 featured Eric Show (15-9), Ed Whitson (14-8), Mark Thurmond (14-8), Tim Lollar (11-13), and Rich "Goose" Gossage
as their closer (10-6, 2.90 ERA and 25 saves). 
In the 1984 NLCS
, the Padres faced the NL East
champion Chicago Cubs
, who were making their first post-season appearance since 1945 and featured NL Most Valuable Player Ryne Sandberg
and Cy Young Award
winner Rick Sutcliffe
. The Cubs would win the first two games at Wrigley Field
, and were less than two innings away from a series sweep when their luck changed. The Padres swept the final three games at then San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium (the highlight arguably being Steve Garvey's dramatic, game winning home run off of Lee Smith
in Game 4) to win the 1984 National League pennant. 
In the 1984 World Series
, the Padres faced the powerful Detroit Tigers
, who steamrolled through the regular season with 104 victories (and had started out with a 35-5 record, the best ever through the first 40 games). The Tigers were managed by Sparky Anderson
and featured shortstop and native San Diegan Alan Trammell
and outfielder Kirk Gibson
, along with Lance Parrish and DH Darrell Evans. The pitching staff was bolstered by ace Jack Morris
(19-11, 3.60 ERA), Dan Petry (18-8), Milt Wilcox (17-8), and closer Willie Hernandez (9-3, 1.92 ERA with 32 saves). 
Jack Morris would win games 1 and 4 and the Tigers would go on to win the Series 4-games-to-1. 
1985–95: Tough times following a pennant
After the Padres won the pennant in 1984, they had some tough times. Tony Gwynn
continued to win batting titles (including batting .394 in 1994). The Padres would come close in 1985. They would field eight All-Stars (manager Dick Williams
, Tony Gwynn
, Graig Nettles
, Rich Gossage
, Terry Kennedy
, Garry Templeton
, Steve Garvey
, and La Marr Hoyt
) at the 1985 All-Star Game in Minnesota
. However, they collapsed at the end of the season, finishing tied for second with the Houston Astros
behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers
In 1987, rookie catcher Benito Santiago
hit in 34 straight games, earning him the NL Rookie of the Year Award
. However, the Padres finished dead last in 1987, thanks to the managing of the tempestuous Larry Bowa
. The next season, rookie second baseman Roberto Alomar
would make his debut, forming a double play combination with veteran shortstop Garry Templeton
. During the 1988 season, Bowa was replaced by Jack McKeon
and the Padres won 83 games, finishing in third place. In 1989, the Padres finished 89-73 thanks to Cy Young Award
-winning closer Mark Davis
. Between 1989 and 1990, friction dominated the Padres' clubhouse as Tony Gwynn
had constant shouting matches with slugger Jack Clark
. But as the franchise player, Gwynn prevailed as Clark finished his career with the Red Sox.
Midway through the 1990 season, Joan Kroc
wanted to sell the team. But she wanted a commitment to San Diego. So Kroc sold it to television producer Tom Werner
. After the ownership change, the old brown that remained in Padres uniforms since their inception were supplanted by navy blue, a nod to the vintage 1940's PCL franchise colors. Shortly after the ownership change, a trade was made with the Toronto Blue Jays
where Joe Carter
and Roberto Alomar were traded for Fred McGriff
and Tony Fernandez
. In 1992, the Padres lineup featured the "Four Tops": Gary Sheffield
, Fred McGriff
, Tony Fernández
, and Tony Gwynn
. However, Fernandez would go to the New York Mets
, McGriff went to the division-winning Atlanta Braves
, and Sheffield would go to the expansion Florida Marlins
. Although extremely unpopular at the time, it was the Sheffield trade that brought in pitcher Trevor Hoffman
, who was virtually unknown to Padres fans. While Sheffield led Florida to a World Championship in 1997, Hoffman would be the next franchise player behind Dave Winfield
and Tony Gwynn
. The Padres would finish dead last in the strike-shortened 1994 season, but Gwynn hit .394 that year (the most since Ted Williams hit over .400 in 1941). After that season, the Padres made a mega-trade with Houston reeling in Ken Caminiti
, Steve Finley
, and others. In November 1995, Kevin Towers
was promoted from scouting director to general manager.
1996–97: Building a winner
In 1996, under new owner John Moores
(a software tycoon who purchased controlling ownership in the team in 1994 from Tom Werner, who subsequently formed a syndicate that purchased the Boston Red Sox
) and team president Larry Lucchino
, and with a team managed by former Padres catcher Bruce Bochy
(a member of the 1984 NL championship squad), the team won the NL West in an exciting race, sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers
at Dodger Stadium
in the final series of the regular season. The '96 team featured Gwynn, who won his seventh National League batting championship, National League MVP Ken Caminiti
, premier leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson
, pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
, first baseman Wally Joyner
and outfielder Steve Finley
. The Padres had led the NL West early in the season only to falter June, but came back in July and battled the Dodgers the rest of the way. However, they were defeated in the National League Division Series by the Tony La Russa
-led St. Louis Cardinals
, 3 games to 0.
The Padres suffered an off-year in 1997, plagued by a pitching slump. The one silver lining was Tony Gwynn's eighth and final National League batting title, won in the final days of the season after a down-to-the wire duel with the Colorado Rockies
' Larry Walker
. Walker barely missed becoming the first Triple Crown
winner in baseball since Carl Yastrzemski
1998: The second pennant
In 1998, Henderson and Valenzuela were gone, but newly acquired (from the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins
) pitcher Kevin Brown
had a sensational year (his only one with the Padres) and outfielder/slugger Greg Vaughn
hit 50 home runs (overlooked in that season of the Mark McGwire
race). Managed by Bruce Bochy and aided by the talents of players such as Tony Gwynn, Ken Caminiti, Wally Joyner, Steve Finley, pitcher Andy Ashby and premier closer Trevor Hoffman
(4-2, 1.48 ERA and 53 saves), the Padres had their best year in history, finishing 98-64 and winning the NL West division crown. 
The Padres went on to defeat the Houston Astros
in the 1998 NLDS
, 3 games to 1, behind solid pitching by Brown and Hoffman, and home runs by Greg Vaughn
, Wally Joyner
and Jim Leyritz
(who homered in 3 of the 4 games). 
In the 1998 NLCS
, the Padres faced the Atlanta Braves
, who had won the National League East with an astonishing 106-56 record. The offense was paced by talent such as Andrés Galarraga
, Chipper Jones
, Andruw Jones
and Javy López
. Their pitching staff had the perennial big-3 of Greg Maddux
(18-9, 2.22 ERA), Tom Glavine
(20-6, 2.47 ERA), and John Smoltz
(17-3, 2.90 ERA), as well as Kevin Millwood
(17-8, 4.08 ERA) and Denny Neagle
(16-11, 3.55 ERA). However, it was the Padres that would prevail, 4 games to 2, with ace Kevin Brown pitching a complete game shutout in game 2 (winning 3-0). 
Steve Finley caught a pop fly for the final out, as the Padres clinched the series.
In the 1998 World Series
the Padres faced the powerhouse New York Yankees
, who had steamrolled through the season with a 114-48 record and drew acclaim as one their greatest teams of all time. There was no offensive player with more than 30 home runs, in contrast to the teams of the 1920s, or 1950's, but they had four players with 24+ and eight with 17+. Yankee pitching had been paced by David Cone
(20–7, 3.55), Andy Pettitte
(16–11, 4.24), David Wells
(18–4, 3.49), Hideki Irabu
(13–9, 4.06) and Orlando Hernández
(12–4, 3.13). Mariano Rivera
, their closer, was excellent once again (3–0, 1.91 ERA with 36 saves). 
The Yankees swept the Padres 4 games to 0. Mariano Rivera closed out 3 of the 4 games. One of the few bright spots of the series for the Padres was a home run by Tony Gwynn, not normally a power hitter, in Game 1 that hit the facing of the right-field upper deck at Yankee Stadium
and put the Padres ahead briefly, 5-2. But the Yankees would score 7 runs in the 7th inning en route to a 9-6 victory. 
1999–2003: Tough times following a pennant part II
The Padres opened their 1999 season in Monterrey, Mexico versus the Colorado Rockies. On August 6, 1999, Tony Gwynn got his 3,000th hit (a single) against the Montreal Expos
at Olympic Stadium
. After five straight losing seasons in Qualcomm Stadium
(1999-2003), the Padres moved into newly built PETCO Park
On October 7, 2001, in a post-game ceremony at Qualcomm Stadium
, Tony Gwynn
made an emotional farewell to the team that had been his only major-league home. In the game played that day, Rickey Henderson
, who in the meantime had rejoined the Padres, collected his 3,000th major-league base hit, a double. Gwynn struck his final major-league hit, also a double, in the previous game. He is presently head coach of the San Diego State University
Aztecs, his alma mater. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
on July 29, 2007.
Also in 2001, Dave Winfield
became the first player to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
as a Padre.
2004–Present: PETCO Park and a new era
2004: PETCO Park opens
is situated in downtown near San Diego's Gaslamp District, the main entrance located just two blocks from the downtown terminal of the San Diego Trolley
light-rail system. With new amenities and a revitalization of the downtown neighborhood, fan interest renewed. Modeled after recent successes in downtown ballpark building (such as San Francisco's AT&T Park), and incorporating San Diego history in the form of the preservation of the facade of the historic Western Metals Company building (now the left-field corner, the corner of the building substituting for the left field foul pole), the new Petco Park is a sharp contrast to their previous home at Qualcomm (Jack Murphy) Stadium which was a cookie-cutter type football-baseball facility located in an outer, mostly commercial-industrial, area of the city near an interstate interchange.
With the ocean air prevalent and a sharp, clean park to play in, the Padres began to win again. The new stadium also acquired a reputation as a pitchers' park, with notable complaints from some of the Padres batters themselves (deep center field and evenings with dense foggy air). The Padres finished the 2004 season with an 87–75 record, good enough for 3rd in the NL West.
The team somewhat rebranded itself going into the 2004 season, with new colors (navy blue and sand brown), new uniforms and a new advertising slogan, "Play Downtown", referring to the near-downtown location of the new ballpark.
One of the bricks at the center plaza of Petco Park was secretly purchased by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
, an animal rights
organization that has protested the breeding and purchasing of the animals sold at Petco stores. The brick reads, "Break out your cold ones. Toast the Padres. Enjoy this champion organization." The first letter of each word is really an acrostic
urging people to boycott
2005: The worst division winner
In 2005, the Western Division Champion Padres finished with the lowest-ever winning percentage for a division champion (or for that matter, a postseason qualifier) in a non-strike season, 82-80. Three teams in the stronger Eastern Division finished with better records than San Diego but failed to qualify for the playoffs, including second-place Philadelphia, which won 88 games and all six of its contests with the Padres. There had been some speculation that the Padres would be the first team in history to win a division and finish below .500, but their victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers
on September 30 gave them their 81st victory. In the NLDS
, the reigning National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, who finished the season with the majors' best record, swept the Padres in three consecutive games. Thus the Padres finished the season with an overall regular-and-post-season record of 82-83, the first post-season qualifier in a normal-length season to lose more games than it won overall.
The 2005 Padres featured bright spots, however, including ace pitcher Jake Peavy
, the NL strikeout leader, and closer Trevor Hoffman
, who claimed his 400th save.
2006: Another division title
The Padres started April 2006 with a 9–15 record and were stuck in the cellar of the NL West.
However, after going 19–10 in May, the club moved into first place in the division. Closer Trevor Hoffman
was elected to the 2006 MLB All-Star Game
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
, threw one inning in that game and got the loss. On September 24 (the last home game of the regular season), Hoffman became the all-time saves leader when he recorded his 479th career save, breaking Lee Smith
's record of 478 (Hoffman's career total as of the end of the season was 482). Hoffman's 2006 campaign (2.14 ERA, 46 saves in 51 opportunities through 65 games pitched) was one of his best. The 2006 Padres would attribute their success largely to the team's pitching staff. Their ERA was 3.87, first in the NL and trailing only the Detroit Tigers
in all of MLB.
On September 30, 2006, the Padres clinched a playoff berth with a 3–1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks
. In the final game of the season, the Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6 to win back to back division titles for the first time in team history (they were tied with the Dodgers for the division title, but because of winning the season series against them, the division title went to them and the wild card went to the Dodgers). The final out of the final game of the 2006 regular season — confirming the Padres as Division champions — was a highly unusual play. With Trevor Hoffman pitching the 9th, 2 out, Diamondback Chris Young was on first. Alberto Callaspo hit a grounder past first. Second baseman Josh Barfield fielded and threw wildly to first, forcing Gonzalez to come off the bag. However, Gonzalez then threw to Khalil Greene at second, beating but not tagging Young. Second base umpire Larry Poncino initially called safe because of the no-tag, but Padres manager Bruce Bochy successfully argued that the force play at second did not need a tag to be declared out. The game, and the season, ended with a changed call. TV replay, however, clearly showed that Greene was off the bag as well, so the original call may have been correct. This call, understandably, was greeted by a long and loud chorus of boos by the Diamondbacks fans who packed Chase Field to bid farewell to Luis Gonzalez.
Only 53 teams in the modern era have posted sub-.500 records in April and survived to make the postseason. The San Diego Padres, achieved the feat in both 2005 and 2006.
The Padres opened the 2006 National League Division Series
at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. After losing the first two games at home (5-1 and 2-0 respectively), they won game 3 at Busch Stadium
3–1, but were eliminated with a 6–2 loss in Game 4, when the Cardinals, who trailed 2–0 before their first at-bat, scored six unanswered runs (two in the first, and four in the sixth) for the win.
Overall the Padres have a post-season record of 12–22; they have lost 10 of their last 11 games since winning the National League pennant in 1998.
One key offseason trade between the San Diego Padres' General Manager, Kevin Towers, and the Texas Rangers' General Manager, Jon Daniels, would prove to have a dramatic impact on their 2006 season. The Padres dealt starting pitcher Adam Eaton, middle reliever Akinori Otsuka, and minor-league catcher Billy Killian in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Young (a star at Princeton University
), left fielder Terrmel Sledge, and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez would take over the everyday duties at first base, batting .304 with a club-leading 24 home runs and 82 RBI in his first year as a full-time starter. Sledge would hit .229 in limited major league action. Chris Young proved to be the real story, however, as he would go 11-5 with a 3.46 ERA (6th best in the National League) and allowed just 6.72 hits per 9 innings pitched - best in the majors.
2006 also ended up being the last year of Bruce Bochy
's tenure as the manager of the Padres, taking the managerial position for their divisional rivals, the San Francisco Giants
. He was replaced by Bud Black, a San Diego State University alumni and former pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
2007: Falling short
On Sunday, April 1, 2007, Major League Baseball's 2007 Opening Night, the Padres announced that they had agreed to terms on a four-year contract with 1B Adrian Gonzalez
, keeping him in San Diego until 2010 with a club option for 2011. Prior to this contract agreement the Padres had offered to renew Gonzalez's contract during the offseason at $380,500, only $500 over the league minimum for the 2007 season.
The Padres' 2007 season began April 3 in an away game against the San Francisco Giants
, winning it 7-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 42,773 at AT&T Park
, defeating $126 million staff-ace Barry Zito in his Giants debut. The Padres bullpen has continued to be the team's strength as in recent years, opening the season with 28 1/3 scoreless innings, a Major League record to start a season. At the start of the season the Padres starting rotation order was as follows: Jake Peavy
, Chris Young
, Clay Hensley
(injured, replaced by Justin Germano
), Greg Maddux
, David Wells
On June 4, 2007, Jake Peavy
was named NL Pitcher of the Month after going 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in May. The next day, Trevor Hoffman
was named the “DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award” for May 2007. The award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
On June 6, 2007, Trevor Hoffman
became the first pitcher in major league history to record 500 saves, 498 of them coming as a Padre (the first 2 were as a Florida Marlin).
The Padres ended the regular season in an 89-73 tie for the NL wild card with the Colorado Rockies. In a cruel piece of irony, on September 29, 2007, the Padres were within one out and one strike of clinching the National League
Wild Card berth, but Tony Gwynn, Jr.
, son of the longtime Padres legend, tripled against Hoffman to tie the game. The Padres went on to lose that game, and the one that followed, even though the Milwaukee Brewers
had been eliminated from the pennant race and had nothing left to play for. The Padres then met the Rockies on October 1, 2007 in Denver for a one-game playoff
to decide the wild card winner. Despite having Jake Peavy start the game and bringing in Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the 13th inning to try to hold an 8-6 lead, the Padres' season ended when the Rockies rallied to win 9-8. It ended on a controversial call on a sacrifice fly where many questioned whether Matt Holliday
ever touched home plate, leaving Padre fans saying "Holliday never touched home!"
To many Padres fans, however, the last call at the plate seemed irrelevant. Between Hoffman's two blown saves in the last three games, the Rockies' incredible surge at the end of the season and the season-long slump by the Padres' offense, a Padres postseason appearance just wasn't meant to be.
On November 15, Jake Peavy won the National League Cy Young Award by unanimous ballot. He was the fourth Padre to capture the pitching award.
The Padres entered the 2007-08 offseason with a number of questions, including the ability of Trevor Hoffman to close games past his 40th birthday, the ongoing inability to hold runners on base (the Padres' caught-stealing ratio in 2007 was one of the worst in baseball history), two holes in the back of the starting rotation, and the possible departure of Mike Cameron
to free agency. The two holes in the rotation were filled by former Dodger Randy Wolf
and Mark Prior
and the club dealt for Jim Edmonds
to replace Cameron. Additionally, Milton Bradley
was signed by the Texas Rangers
The Padres signed Mark Prior to a one-year deal in the off-season. Prior, a University of San Diego HS graduate (now Cathedral HS), joins a team that consists of players that were also local prep stars, Brian Giles (Granite Hills HS), Adrian Gonzalez (Eastlake HS), and Oscar Robles (Montgomery HS). Recent Padres teams had also included Dave Roberts (Rancho Buena Vista HS), David Wells (Point Loma HS), and Marcus Giles (Granite Hills HS).
The Padres started the 2008 campaign March 31, in San Diego against the Houston Astros and won the series 3–1.
2007 All-Star Chris Young pitched in the second game of the season, a 2–1 win, and Trevor Hoffman, the game's all-time saves leader, wrapped up the ninth for the save. The Los Angeles Dodgers came into town and took two of three. 2007 Cy Young winner Jake Peavy picked up the only win during the Dodgers' series. At the end of the opening homestand, the Padres were 3–3.
The Padres traveled to San Francisco, hoping to fatten up on former manager Bruce Bochy's Giants, but the now-Bondsless bay dwellers took two of three.In Los Angeles, the Padres won two of three, pushing their record back to .500.
On April 17, 2008 during the series against the Colorado Rockies
at PETCO Park
, the Padres played the longest game in team history, in terms of innings (22), losing 2–1. The game was the second longest in team history, in terms of time, played in 6 hours, 16 minutes. Following that game, which sapped the team's bullpen strength, the Padres stumbled, dropping games at home, where they struggled to score runs, and on the road, where they committed uncharacteristic errors and failed to hold leads. Returning home after a humbling three-game sweep in Atlanta in early May, the Padres cut Jim Edmonds, the Cardinals castoff who had been brought in after the Padres failed to sign Mike Cameron to an new deal in the offseason. With former Indian Jody Gerut
now in center, the Padres won the three-game weekend home series with the Rockies and motored to Chicago with the hopes of winning three of four to get the season back on track. Instead, the Cubs, with Jim Edmonds in center, won three of four and booted the Padres from the Windy City into an interleague series with the Mariners, their Peoria, Ariz. spring training neighbors. The Mariners used speed ---- and a late inning burst of power from Adrián Beltré
in one game ---- to win the series and shove the Padres deeper into their early-season hole. After sweeping the New York Mets
in a four game series that ended on June 8, the Padres climbed to 7 games back of first place Arizona. The sweep put the Mets 7 and a half games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies
, sending the Padres and the Mets, expansion teams in the 1960s, in different directions. The Padres won two of three games in a series against the Dodgers at Petco Park. There was talk in San Diego that the Padres had a serious chance to get back in the race in a week NL West. A road trip sent the Padres to play the Indians in Cleveland, where they lost two of the three games. During their final trip to Yankee Stadium, the site of Tony Gwynn's upperdeck World Series blast, the Padres were swept by the Yankees.
They returned to Petco and dropped two of three to the Tigers. They were then swept by the Twins and Mariners. Returning to National League competition didn't help much, as Padres lost two of three in Colorado to the Rockies. Powered by former Diamondbacks outfielder Scott Hairston, the Padres won two of three in Arizona. The team couldn't sustain the momentum however and they lost two of three to the Marlins at Petco Park. In the last series before the All-Star break, the Padres lost two of three to the Braves. Adrian Gonzalez represented the Padres at the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, going 1-3 with an RBI. Gonzalez made a nice scoop on a throw from catcher Russell Martin during a tense moment late in the game but he struck out with a chance to drive in the go-ahead run late in the game. According to media reports, Gonzalez was asked during an All-Star game media session what it would take for the Padres to make the playoffs. He said 30 wins. When the interviewer asked if he thought that was possible, Gonzalez glared at the interviewer and didn't answer the question.
On July 17, the Padres traded former San Diego State great Tony Clark to the Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Evan Scribner. Following the All-Star break, the Padres would continue to struggle, getting swept in a four game series in St. Louis and losing two of three in Cincinnati. A trip to Pittsburgh proved to be the tonic the team needed. The Padres won three of four in the Steel City and during the series the Pirates traded former Padre underachiever Xavier Nady to the Yankees for prospects. Back home, the Padres won the first game of the series against the division leading Diamondbacks. The win gave Greg Maddux 351 career wins and he tipped his hat to the crowd when he left with a lead. Late in August, the team parted ways with Greg Maddux
by trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers
As this disastrous season started to come to a close, questions about the coaching staff started swirling like crazy. In mid-September, Hitting Coach Wally Joyner
resigned due to the teams lackluster offense and a difference in philosophy with upper management (most notably, CEO Sandy Alderson
). It seems that Joyner beat the Padres to the punch, as he was likely to be replaced at the end of the season. The team finished off a 63–99 season on September 28 with a 10–6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing 5th in the NL West, 21 games behind the division leader Los Angeles Dodgers
On September 29, the team renewed the contracts of Manager Bud Black
, Pitching Coach Darren Balsley
, Bullpen Coach Darrell Akerfelds
, 3rd Base Coach Glenn Hoffman
(brother of closer Trevor Hoffman
) and 1st Base Coach Rick Renteria
. Only Bench Coach Craig Colbert
was not renewed and because of Wally Joyner
's earlier resignation the team had no Hitting Coach to bring back. On Oct. 10, the Padres offered Trevor Hoffman
a $4 million salary for 2009 plus a $4 million club option in 2010 then on Nov. 11th the Padres withdrew the $4 million offer to the all-time saves leader and making him a free agent. 
The Padres opened 2009 April 6 versus the rival Los Angeles Dodgers
at home, losing 4-1 and splitting the four game series. They then swept the Giants, also at home in three games. Then they took 2 of 3 from the Mets to ruin the 1st series at Citi Field. After the 1st 3 series the Pads were tied with the Dodgers for 1st place at 7-3. After the hot start however, the Padres stumbled and were 25-25 as of May 31. Early in the season, the Padres acquired Tony Gwynn, Jr.
, son of franchise great Tony Gwynn
from the Milwaukee Brewers
Spring training games
The team plays spring training games at the Peoria Sports Complex
in Peoria, Arizona
. They share the stadium with the Seattle Mariners
During the 1980s (and continuing through 1994), the Padres held Spring Training in Yuma, Arizona
. Due to the short driving distance and direct highway route (170 miles, all on Interstate 8
), Yuma was very popular with Padres fans, and many fans would travel by car from San Diego for Spring Training games. The move from Yuma to Peoria (announced during the 1994 baseball strike) was very controversial, but was defended by the team as a reflection on the low quality of facilities in Yuma and the long travel necessary to play against other Arizona-based Spring Training teams (whose sites are all in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, both rather far from Yuma).
Logos and colors
The San Diego Padres have used six different logos and four different color combinations throughout their history. Their first logo depicts a friar swinging a bat with Padres written at the top while standing in a sun-like figure with San Diego Padres on the exterior of it. The "Swinging Friar" has popped up on the uniform on and off ever since (he is currently on the left sleeve of the jersey), and is currently the mascot
of the team. The original team colors were the brown and gold of the original logo (pictured below).
In 1985, the Padres switched to using a script-like logo in which Padres
was written sloped up. That would later become a script logo for the Padres. The team's colors were changed to brown and orange and remained this way through the 1990 season.
In 1989, the Padres took the scripted Padres logo that was used from 1985-1988 and put it in a tan ring that read "San Diego Baseball Club" with a striped center. In 1991, the logo was changed to a silver ring with the Padres script changed from brown to blue. The logo only lasted one year, as the Padres changed their logo for the third time in three years, again by switching colors of the ring. The logo became a white ring with fewer stripes in the center and a darker blue Padres script with orange shadows. In 1991, the team's colors were also changed, to a combination of orange and navy blue.
The logo was completely changed when the team changed stadiums between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, as the logo now looks like home plate at a baseball field with San Diego
written in gold font at the top right corner and the Padres new script written completely across the center. Waves finish the bottom of the plate. Navy remains but a sandy beige replaces orange as a secondary color. The team's colors were also changed, to navy blue and sand brown.
In 2008 and 2009, during every Sunday home game, the Padres wear camouflage jerseys, green hats and road pants in honor of the military. They also wear these uniforms on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Recruits from the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot often visit the games en masse, in uniform, often filling entire sections in the upper deck. When they are present, the team commemorates this with a special Fourth Inning Stretch featuring the Marine Hymn. This is part of an extensive military outreach program, which also includes a Military Appreciation Night game, and game tapes mailed to deployed United States Navy
ships of the Pacific Fleet for onboard viewing (a large portion of the Pacific Fleet
is homeported in San Diego).
Vintage logo gallery
, home of the San Diego Padres (2004-Present)
1969 (National League expansion)
Current uniform colors:
Dark blue, Sand, and White
White interlocking 'S' and 'D'
TV Play by Play:
Mark Neeley, Mark Grant, Tony Gwynn (Occasionally)
2008:"Are You In?"
The Friars, the "Pads" (pronounced as "Pods"), Say May Kids (named from 2 consecutive amazing runs in May during the 2005 & 2006 seasons; nickname by Matt Vasgersian).
Most Winning Season:
(1998) 98-64. Western Division Title and National League Pennant Winners.
Most Losing Season:
Channel 4 San Diego (4SD) (Cable TV only; not available over the air.)
1090 AM / 105.7 FM XX 1090 (pronounced "Double X"), La Poderosa 860 AM (en español).
Spring Training Facility:
Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ
Los Angeles Dodgers (Division), San Francisco Giants (Division), Arizona Diamondbacks (Division), Colorado Rockies (Division), St. Louis Cardinals (Post-Season), Seattle Mariners (Interleague)
Award winners and league leaders
Team records (single-season and career)
Baseball Hall of Famers
The following inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame
played and/or managed for the Padres. Those denoted in bold
are depicted on their Hall plaque wearing a Padres cap insignia.
||Rich "Goose" Gossage
||New York Yankees
Though not recognized as an inducted member of the Hall, longtime Padres play-by-play
announcer Jerry Coleman
is permanently honored in the Hall's "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit as a result of winning the Ford C. Frick Award
for broadcasting excellence in 2005.
Gwynn, Winfield, Fingers, Gossage, Randy Jones, and Graig Nettles
(3B, 1984-1987) are also members of the San Diego Hall of Champions
, which is open to athletes native to the San Diego area (such as Gwynn and Nettles) as well as to those who played for San Diego teams.
Ford C. Frick Award recipients (broadcasters)
Names in bold
received the award based primarily on their work as Padres broadcasters.
Played as Padres
The Padres have retired five numbers. Four were in honor of Padre players and one was Jackie Robinson's number 42, which was retired by all of Major League Baseball.
The retired numbers are displayed in center field atop the batter's eye wall. They are free standing and mounted on poles. During the 2004 season, the first season in PETCO Park, there were only four retired numbers displayed. Gwynn's number 19 was not yet officially retired until late in the season and was added the following winter.
The Padres also have a "star on the wall" in honor of broadcaster Jerry Coleman
, in reference to his trademark phrase "You can hang a star on that one!" Nearby the initials of former owner Ray Kroc
are also displayed. Both the star and the initials are painted in gold on the front of the pressbox down the right field line accompanied by the name of the person in white.
Team Hall of Fame
People inducted into the San Diego Padres Team Hall of Fame which was founded in 1999.
- Buzzie Bavasi, Team President, 1969-1977. Inducted 2001.
- Nate Colbert, 1B, 1969-1974. Inducted 1999.
- Jerry Coleman, Manager, 1980, Announcer, 1972-1979, 1981-present. Inducted 2001.
- Tony Gwynn, OF, 1982-2002. Inducted 2007.
- Randy Jones, P, 1973-1980. Inducted 1999.
- Ray Kroc, Owner, 1974-1984. Inducted 1999.
- Dick Williams, Manager, 1982-1985. Inducted 2009.
- Dave Winfield, OF, 1973-1980. Inducted 2000.
| Active roster
- 37 Mike Adams (pitcher)
- 53 Cha Seung Baek
- 21 Heath Bell
- -- Matt Bush
- -- Cesar Carrillo
- 56 Mike Ekstrom
- 56 Ernesto Frieri
- 52 Josh Geer
- 45 Justin Hampson
- 58 Wade LeBlanc
- 53 Wilton Lopez
- 43 Cla Meredith
- -- Ivan Nova
- 40 Scott Patterson (baseball)
- 44 Jake Peavy
- -- Jackson Quezada
- -- Cesar Ramos (baseball)
- 59 Chad Reineke
- 50 Joe Thatcher
- -- Mark Worrell
- 32 Chris Young (pitcher)
- 4 Nick Hundley
- -- Jose Lobaton
- 9 Matt Antonelli
- -- Everth Cabrera
- -- Travis Denker
- 23 Adrian Gonzalez
- 2 Edgar Gonzalez (infielder)
- 5 Kevin Kouzmanoff
- 15 Luis Rodríguez (baseball)
- -- Luis Durango
- 33 Jody Gerut
- 24 Brian Giles
- 12 Scott Hairston
- 16 Chase Headley
- 11 Drew Macias
- 25 Will Venable
† 15-day disabled list
- 48 Darrel Akerfelds (bullpen)
- 36 Darren Balsley (pitching)
- 47 Glenn Hoffman (third base)
- -- Jim Lefebvre (hitting)
- 17 Rick Renteria (first base)
- -- Ted Simmons (bench)
* Suspended list
# Bereavement list
| colspan = 3 align = center | National League Champions
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:Florida Marlins
| width = 40% align = center | 1998
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:Atlanta Braves
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:Philadelphia Phillies
| width = 40% align = center | 1984
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:St. Louis Cardinals
| colspan = 3 align = center | National League Western Division Champions
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:Los Angeles Dodgers
| width = 40% align = center | 2005
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:Arizona Diamondbacks
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:San Francisco Giants
| width = 40% align = center | 1998
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:Arizona Diamondbacks
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:Los Angeles Dodgers
| width = 40% align = center | 1996
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:San Francisco Giants
| width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:Los Angeles Dodgers
| width = 40% align = center | 1984
| width = 30% align = center | Succeeded by:Los Angeles Dodgers
Minor league affiliations
Portland Beavers, Pacific Coast League
San Antonio Missions, Texas League
- Advanced A:
Lake Elsinore Storm, California League
Fort Wayne TinCaps, Midwest League
- Short A:
Eugene Emeralds, Northwest League
AZL Padres, Arizona League
DSL Padres, Dominican Summer League
Radio and television
As of 2008, the Padres' flagship radio stations
1090AM and XHPRS
105.7FM, collectively known as "XX 1090" (pronounced "Double X.") When XX was only on AM, the station was known as the "Mighty 1090." Ted Leitner
is the primary play-by-play announcer, with Andy Masur
working the middle innings of each game. Jerry Coleman
, Ford C. Frick Award
winner, former Yankee
second baseman and Padres manager, no longer does play-by-play, however he does work as a color analyst alongside Leitner and Masur, mostly during the middle part of the game. The games are also broadcast in Spanish on XEMO
, "La Poderosa 860 AM."
Padres' games are shown mostly on 4SD
, a cable-only network controlled by Cox Communications. Matt Vasgersian
was the play-by-play
announcer (2002-2008), and Mark Grant
is the color commentator
. In 2006, the booth played host to a controversial guest appearance by Rick Sutcliffe
, who had been Davis' predecessor before joining ESPN
. Sutcliffe appeared to be drunk and discussed topics other than baseball, even when Vasgersian tried to redirect the subject. After the appearance, ESPN suspended Sutcliffe for a week. For the 2009 season, Vasgersian will be replaced by veteran minor league announcer Mark Neely, who for the previous 13 years had been the voice of the Tulsa Drillers
of the Texas League
.  
Spanish language telecasts of Sunday games are seen XHAS-TV
channel 33. Until September 2007, Friday and Saturday Spanish games were seen on KBOP-CA
channel 43, until that station changed to an all-infomercial format. This makes XHAS the only over-the-air-television station carrying Padres baseball. English-language Padres over-the-air broadcasts aired over the years on XETV
, former second baseman for the New York Yankees
in the 1950s, had been the Padres' play-by-play announcer from 1972 to 2008, except in one year, 1980, in which Coleman managed the team. He also worked for the Yankees (alongside legendary sportscaster Mel Allen
) and the California Angels. Coleman is famous for his phrases "Oh Doctor!" and "You can hang a star on that one!" At the old stadium, he would often commemorate exceptionally good plays by displaying a foam star suspended from a fishing pole extended from the broadcast booth window (thus literally hanging the star he often referenced) . In 2005, Coleman reduced his broadcast role, allowing longtime partner Ted Leitner
to be the Padres' primary announcer. Coleman is also the 2005 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award
, giving him entry into the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Between games of a doubleheader
with the Cincinnati Reds
on July 25, 1990, Roseanne
series star Roseanne Arnold
delivered a screeching rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner
, immediately after which she grabbed her crotch and spat on the ground. She was intending to parody those actions of ballplayers which are often caught on camera, but she picked the wrong time to do it, as it appeared to many that she was commenting on the flag and/or the anthem. Had it not been for those gestures, her performance likely would have been written off as simply a poor choice of singer on the ballclub's part, and probably soon forgotten. As it was, her act drew boos and catcalls from fans and then criticism from players (most notably Tony Gwynn) and even outside quarters, including then-President George H. W. Bush
, a former Yale University first baseman
and the father of then-Texas Rangers
owner, former President George W. Bush
Notable fans of the Padres have included comedian and film actor Jerry Lewis
, singers Patti Page
and Frankie Laine
, former astronaut Wally Schirra
, author and syndicated columnist George Will
, and former San Diego mayor and California governor Pete Wilson
, all of whom have maintained residences in the San Diego area. The fictional character of Finn DeTrolio
from the show The Sopranos
is also a Padres fan.
Padres fans typically delight in the misfortunes of the Los Angeles Dodgers
, loudly chanting "BEAT L.A." when the two teams meet head-to-head.
- Managers and ownership of the San Diego Padres
- Active MLB droughts
- San Diego Sports Curse
- 2009 San Diego Padres season
- Author Nelson Papucci wrote "The San Diego Padres, 1969-2002: A Complete History". This was the first definitive history of the Padres as a major league franchise.
- The San Diego Padres are the sponsors of and heavily involved in most aspects of the degree program offered in conjunction with San Diego State University's College of Business Administration.
- Baseball-reference.com San Diego Padres 1984
- Baseball-Reference.com 1984 NLCS
- Baseball-reference.com Detroit Tigers 1984 season
- Baseball-reference.com 1984 World Series stats
- Baseball-reference.com San Diego Padres 1998 season stats
- Baseball-reference.com 1998 NLDS stats
- Baseball-reference.com 1998 NLDS
- Baseball-reference.com New York Yankees 1998 season stats
- Baseball-reference.com 1998 World Series
- Hall of Famer detail: Willie McCovey National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Gaylord Perry National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Rollie Fingers National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Dave Winfield National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Ozzie Smith National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Tony Gwynn National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Goose Gossage National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Hall of Famer detail: Dick Williams National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Rickey to wear A's cap into Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Bill Haisten, "Neely leaving Drillers for Padres, ''Tulsa World'', January 23, 2009.
- Bill Center, "Veteran Neely ready for call-up", ''San Diego Union-Tribune'', January 23, 2009.