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The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 12.1k votes 1.3k voters 38.5k views116 items

List RulesPlease 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

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceLos 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 Baseball (MLB) for...  more

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    Trevor Hoffman

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBellflower, 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 for...  more
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    Dave Winfield

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceSaint 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 Players...  more

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    BirthplacePonce, 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 different...  more
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    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    BirthplaceTampa, 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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    Ken Caminiti

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHanford, 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), San...  more
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    BirthplaceFullerton, 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 Padres and New...  more
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    Jake Peavy

    Starting pitcher

    BirthplaceMobile, 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 and...  more
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    Steve Finley

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceUnion 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 Award...  more
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    Adrian Gonzalez

    Right fielder, First baseman

    BirthplaceSan 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 first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB)...  more
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    BirthplaceLockney, 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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    BirthplaceColorado 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 nine different...  more

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    Ozzie Smith

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceMobile, 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 to...  more

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    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, 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 Diego Padres, Toronto...  more

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    Gary Sheffield

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceTampa, 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 most...  more

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    Nate Colbert

    First baseman

    BirthplaceSt. 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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    Greg Vaughn

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSacramento, 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 Bay...  more
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    BirthplaceSteubenville, 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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    #160 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#4 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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    Steve Garvey

    First baseman

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    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 Dodgers....  more

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    #14 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#241 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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    Bruce Bochy

    Manager, Catcher

    BirthplaceFrance

    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 playing...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic

    Fernando Gabriel Tatís Medina (born January 2, 1999) (nicknamed "El Niño") is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). Originally signed by...  more

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    #67 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#14 of 65 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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    Rickey Henderson

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is an American retired professional baseball left fielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for nine teams from 1979 to 2003, including...  more

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    Andy Ashby

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Andrew Jason Ashby (born July 11, 1967) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, and...  more
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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 baseman, manager, coach and front office consultant in Major League Baseball. Known especially as a...  more

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    Phil Nevin

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceFullerton, 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 spent...  more