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The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 12.5k votes 1.2k voters 34.6k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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)... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Finley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    Benito Santiago Rivera (born March 9, 1965), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Frederick Stanley McGriff (born October 31, 1963) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Jake Peavy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Ken Caminiti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Randy Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950), nicknamed "Junkman", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
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    Garry Templeton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplaceLockney, Texas

    Garry Lewis Templeton (born March 24, 1956), is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

    Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage (born July 5, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    #64 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#5 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers 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
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Adrian Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    Roberto "Robbie" Alomar Velázquez (; Spanish pronunciation: [aloˈmaɾ]; born February 5,... more on Wikipedia
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    Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Nate Colbert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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.... more on Wikipedia
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    Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

    Roland Glen Fingers (born August 25, 1946) is an American retired professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Diego Padres 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... more on Wikipedia

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    Kevin Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    BirthplaceMilledgeville, Georgia

    James Kevin Brown (born March 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed... more on Wikipedia
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    Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Bruce Bochy

    Manager, Catcher

    BirthplaceFrance

    Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and... more on Wikipedia
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    Khalil Greene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Khalil Greene

    Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceButler, Pennsylvania

    Khalil Thabit Greene (born October 21, 1979) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He... more on Wikipedia

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    Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Rickey Henderson

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia

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    Andy Ashby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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    Andy Ashby

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Andrew Jason Ashby (born July 11, 1967) is an American former professional baseball starting... more on Wikipedia
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    Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time
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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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