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The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 12.6k votes 1.3k voters 36.8k 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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    Tony Gwynn

    Right fielder, Outfielder
    Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American...  more

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    #21 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time#64 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • 2

    Trevor Hoffman

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher
    Trevor William Hoffman (born October 13, 1967) is an American former baseball relief pitcher...  more
  • 3

    Dave Winfield

    Designated hitter, Right fielder
    David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB)...  more

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  • 4
    Benito Santiago Rivera (born March 9, 1965), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball...  more
  • 5

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman
    Frederick Stanley McGriff (born October 31, 1963) is an American former professional baseball...  more
  • 6
    Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950), nicknamed "Junkman", is an American former...  more
  • 7

    Jake Peavy

    Starting pitcher
    Jacob Edward Peavy (born May 31, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He...  more
  • 8

    Steve Finley

    Center fielder
    Steven Allen Finley (born March 12, 1965) is an American former Major League Baseball...  more

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  • 9

    Ken Caminiti

    Third baseman
    Kenneth Gene Caminiti (April 21, 1963 – October 10, 2004) was an American third baseman who...  more
  • 10
    Garry Lewis Templeton (born March 24, 1956), is an American former professional baseball...  more
  • 11

    Ozzie Smith

    Osborne Earl (Ozzie) Smith (born December 26, 1954) is an American former baseball shortstop...  more

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  • 12

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Right fielder, First baseman
    Adrián González Savín (born May 8, 1982), also known by his nicknames "A-Gon" and "Titán", is...  more
  • 13
    Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage (born July 5, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball...  more

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  • 14

    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman
    Roberto "Robbie" Alomar Velázquez (; Spanish pronunciation: [aloˈmaɾ]; born February 5,...  more

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  • 15

    Gary Sheffield

    Designated hitter, Right fielder
    Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball...  more

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  • 16

    Nate Colbert

    First baseman
    Nathan Colbert Jr. (born April 9, 1946), is an American former professional baseball player....  more
  • 17

    Greg Vaughn

    Designated hitter, Outfielder
    Gregory Lamont Vaughn (born July 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder who...  more
  • 18
    Roland Glen Fingers (born August 25, 1946) is an American retired professional baseball...  more

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  • 19

    Steve Garvey

    First baseman
    Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948) is an American former professional baseball...  more

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  • 20

    Rickey Henderson

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

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    #1012 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#419 of 571 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 21

    Bruce Bochy

    Manager, Catcher
    Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and...  more
  • 22

    Andy Ashby

    Andrew Jason Ashby (born July 11, 1967) is an American former professional baseball starting...  more
  • 23

    Khalil Greene

    Shortstop, Third baseman
    Khalil Thabit Greene (born October 21, 1979) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He...  more
  • 24

    Dick Williams

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

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  • 25

    Willie McCovey

    First baseman
    Willie Lee McCovey (January 10, 1938 – October 31, 2018) was an American Major League Baseball...  more

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    #105 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#47 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time