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The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time 

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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Padres

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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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American professional baseball right fielder, who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League ...more

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Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Bellflower, California, United States of America

Trevor William Hoffman (born October 13, 1967) is an American former baseball relief pitcher who played 18 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1993 to 2010. A long-time closer, he pitched ...more
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Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder. He is the special assistant to the executive director of the Major League Baseball ...more

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Ken Caminiti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Third baseman

Birthplace: Hanford, California

Kenneth Gene Caminiti (April 21, 1963 – October 10, 2004) was an American third baseman who spent fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Houston Astros (1987–1994, 1999–2000), ...more

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Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Osborne Earl (Ozzie) Smith (born December 26, 1954) is an American former baseball shortstop who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 ...more

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Jake Peavy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Starting pitcher

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

Jacob Edward Peavy (born May 31, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox ...more

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Adrian Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Right fielder, First baseman

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Adrián González Savín (born May 8, 1982), also known by his nicknames "A-Gon" and "Titán", is an American-Mexican former professional baseball ...more

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#204 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #51 of 147 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

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Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Catcher

Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Benito Santiago Rivera (born March 9, 1965), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball catcher, who played for twenty seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Although he played for ten ...more
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Randy Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
coldharbor612 added Pitcher

Birthplace: Fullerton, California

Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950), nicknamed "Junkman", is an American former professional baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched in Major League Baseball for the San Diego ...more
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Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
First baseman

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Frederick Stanley McGriff (born October 31, 1963) is an American former professional baseball first baseman, who played for six Major League Baseball (MLB) teams from 1986 through 2004. A ...more

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Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage (born July 5, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. During a 22-year baseball career (from 1972–1994), he pitched for ...more

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Steve Finley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Center fielder

Birthplace: Union City, Tennessee

Steven Allen Finley (born March 12, 1965) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was a two-time All-Star (1997, 2000), World Series champion (2001), and five-time Gold Glove ...more

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#243 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #61 of 175 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

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Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent. For ...more

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Garry Templeton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

Birthplace: Lockney, Texas

Garry Lewis Templeton (born March 24, 1956), is an American former professional baseball player and minor league manager. He played as a shortstop in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis ...more
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Nate Colbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added First baseman

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Nathan Colbert Jr. (born April 9, 1946), is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Houston Astros (1966, 1968), San Diego ...more
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Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
david-choinacky added Pitcher

Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States of America

Roland Glen Fingers (born August 25, 1946) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. Fingers pitched in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1968–76), San Diego Padres ...more
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Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added Second baseman

Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Roberto "Robbie" Alomar Velázquez (; Spanish pronunciation: [aloˈmaɾ]; born February 5, 1968) is a Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played for the San ...more

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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
david-choinacky added First baseman

Birthplace: Tampa, USA, Florida

Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman, most notably for the Los Angeles ...more

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Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Sacramento, California

Gregory Lamont Vaughn (born July 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder who played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1989–96), San Diego Padres (1996–98), Cincinnati Reds (1999), Tampa ...more
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Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Manager, Catcher

Birthplace: France

Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and manager. He is the manager of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). During his ...more
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Kevin Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Milledgeville, Georgia

James Kevin Brown (born March 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played from 1986 to 2005, leading the American League in wins once and leading the National ...more

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Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
david-choinacky added First baseman

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

Willie Lee McCovey (January 10, 1938 – October 31, 2018) was an American Major League Baseball first baseman. Known as "Stretch" during his playing days, and later also nicknamed ...more
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Heath Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Oceanside, California

Heath Justin Bell (born September 29, 1977) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. As a closer with the San Diego Padres from 2009 to 2011, Bell was a three-time All-Star ...more
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Andy Benes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana

Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 14-year career from 1989 to 2002, Benes played for the San Diego Padres, the Seattle ...more
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Phil Nevin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Catcher

Birthplace: Fullerton, California

Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971) is an American former professional baseball player in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the third base coach for the New York Yankees of MLB. He ...more