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The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 12.7k votes 1.2k voters 35.3k views116 items

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This is a list of the greatest San Diego Padres players in team history, whether the top Padres pitchers or top hitters. Besides beautiful weather and a ballpark that's considered one of the best in all of baseball, the San Diego Padres haven't had a lot going for them in the club's history. But when the team has had success, it usually means either a division title or a deep playoff run. The Padres have won the NL West five times and have played in two World Series. Unfortunately for the Padres, they ran into buzzsaws in the form of the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and one of the greatest New York Yankees teams of all time in 1998. That being said, a lot of great players have spent their best years in San Diego, despite their lack of winning history.

The Padres can count one of the best hitters of all time as their own. For 20 years, Tony Gwynn was one of the steadiest hitters in all of baseball, which cemented him as one of the greatest Padres ever. While he didn't swing the most powerful bat, Gwynn could be counted on to hit well over .300 for most of his career. He won eight NL batting titles in his career and had a chance to reach baseball immortality in 1994 when he was knocking on the door of hitting .400 before the player's strike ruined that. Gwynn was a 15-time All Star and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2007, receiving an eyeopening 97.6 percent of the vote, one of the highest in Hall of Fame history.

This is a list of the Greatest San Diego Padres of All Time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list as you deem fit.

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  • Heath Bell26
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    Heath Bell

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceOceanside, California

    Heath Justin Bell (born September 29, 1977) is an American former professional baseball relief... more on Wikipedia
  • Dick Williams27
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    Dick Williams

    Manager, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Richard Hirschfeld Williams (May 7, 1929 – July 7, 2011) was an American left fielder, third... more on Wikipedia

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  • Andy Benes28
    90
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    Andy Benes

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceEvansville, Center Township, Indiana

    Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed... more on Wikipedia
  • Wally Joyner29
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    25

    Wally Joyner

    First baseman

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Wallace Keith Joyner (born June 16, 1962) is a retired Major League Baseball player. He played... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gaylord Perry30
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    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

    Gaylord Jackson Perry (born September 15, 1938) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed... more on Wikipedia

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  • Phil Nevin31
    94
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    Phil Nevin

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Eric Show32
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    Eric Show

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceRiverside, California

    Eric Vaughn Show (; May 19, 1956 – March 16, 1994) was a Major League Baseball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Graig Nettles33
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    14

    Graig Nettles

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944), nicknamed "Puff", is an American former Major League... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Wiggins34
    68
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    Alan Wiggins

    Outfielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Alan Anthony Wiggins (February 17, 1958 – January 6, 1991) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Terry Kennedy35
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    BirthplaceEuclid, Ohio

    Terry Kennedy may refer to: Terry Kennedy (baseball) (born 1956), American baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.36
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    Bip Roberts

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Leon Joseph "Bip" Roberts (born October 27, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball second... more on Wikipedia
  • Ryan Klesko38
    86
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    Ryan Klesko

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceWestminster, California

    Ryan Anthony Klesko (born June 12, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and... more on Wikipedia
  • Manny Machado39
    70
    16

    Manny Machado

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Manuel Arturo Machado (born July 6, 1992) is a Dominican-American professional baseball third... more on Wikipedia
  • John Kruk40
    82
    37

    John Kruk

    Outfielder, First baseman

    BirthplaceCharleston, West Virginia, USA

    John Martin Kruk (born February 9, 1961) is an American former professional baseball first... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dave Dravecky41
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    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    David Francis Dravecky (born February 14, 1956) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joe Carter42
    65
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    Joe Carter

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Joseph Chris Carter (born March 7, 1960) is an American former professional baseball player.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jack McKeon43
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    18

    BirthplaceSouth Amboy, New Jersey

    John Aloysius McKeon (; born November 23, 1930), nicknamed "Trader Jack," is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin McReynolds44
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    Kevin McReynolds

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Walter Kevin McReynolds (born October 16, 1959) is an American former baseball player who was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mark Loretta45
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    Mark Loretta

    Infielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    Mark David Loretta (born August 14, 1971) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Greg Maddux46
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    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

    Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB)... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gene Richards47
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    Gene Richards

    Outfielder

    BirthplaceMonticello, South Carolina

    Eugene Richards Jr. (born September 29, 1953) is an American former Major League Baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Tim Flannery48
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    Tim Flannery

    Infielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Timothy Earl Flannery (born September 29, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Young49
    49
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    Chris Young

    Starting pitcher

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Christopher Ryan Young (born May 25, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mark Davis50
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    Mark Davis

    Outfielder

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Mark Anthony Davis (born November 25, 1964) is a retired professional baseball player who... more on Wikipedia