MLB - NL WEST
Arena: Petco Park
Manager: Bob Melvin
2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS
San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres Summary
The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team that competes in the National League Western Division. They have played their home games at Petco Park in San Diego since 2004. But the Padres were introduced to Major League Baseball in 1969 when the team was announced as an expansion team.
They spent 1969-2003 playing at Qualcomm Stadium before permanently moving to Petco Park.
The Padres have clinched two National League Pennants, five NL West titles, and one Wild Card berth. San Diego has yet to clinch a World Series victory.
The Padres color scheme consists of brown, gold, and white.
They are the only professional sports organization amongst the four major American sports to play their home games in the San Diego Area. The Chargers were the last team other than the Padres to call San Diego home, but they moved to Los Angeles in the late 2010s.
San Diego Padres History
San Diego had already seen minor league action and had developed a fairly strong baseball community. So when the San Diego Padres were announced as the next expansion team in the National League, many baseball fans in or around the area quickly embraced the team.
Although the Padres labored out of the gate, people were still able to enjoy a pleasant San Diego atmosphere at a Major League Baseball game.
The Padres’ struggles almost saw them moved elsewhere in the mid-1970s. There were realistic discussions about moving the team to Washington or possibly somewhere else. But the same man who developed the idea for McDonald’s also happened to be the person who saved Padres baseball in San Diego
Ray Krok utilized his enormous wealth by buying the team in 1974 and choosing to keep the Padres in San Diego. He also invested extra money in the team which allowed the Padres to improve their roster.
San Diego went on to earn their first division win and NL Pennant in 1984. However, they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
The Padres also made it to the World Series in 1998 before being taken down by the New York Yankees.
Their last postseason appearance came in 2020 when they earned a Wild Card berth.
2022 Key Stats
The San Diego Padres looked like legitimate World Series contenders in the National League for the first portion of the 2021 season. But after the impressive start to the year, San Diego fell off in the latter months and ultimately finished under .500 en route to a third-place finish in the NL West.
The epic collapse was unbelievable, as many people around the league felt as if San Diego featured one of the better rosters in the game a season ago.
But much of that roster remains intact heading into 2022. The starting rotation expects to see Mike Clevinger make his return at some point, while young Ryan Weathers displayed signs of potential. Yu Darvish will likely take the reins and play the role of an ace on this team.
Blake Snell and Chris Paddack will look to rebound from underwhelming campaigns as well.
The San Diego offense is led by stars such as Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado. With plenty of depth surrounding those two, the Padre lineup should be in store for an explosive year at the plate.
The Padres odds to win the World Series sit at around +1,000 to +1,800 depending on where you look. They could be a sneaky sleeper World Series pick for 2022.
San Diego Padres World Series Appearances
The San Diego Padres have World Series aspirations for the 2022 season. But for now, their World Series trophy closet remains barren.
Their first Fall Classic appearances came in 1984. While the Detroit Tigers wound up taking down the Padres in five games to clinch the Series, the Padres had hope as a franchise as they had finally played meaningful baseball in October.
The New York Yankees cruised to a sweep in the Padres second World Series appearance in 1998. While San Diego was a talented team, the Yankees were simply overpowering as they went on to win two more World Series in back-to-back seasons in 1999 and 2000.
Important Team Events
The purchase of the Padres by Ray Krok kept the team on the West Coast. If Krok had failed to step in and make the purchase we very well could be without baseball in San Diego right now.
The Padres’ first-ever World Series appearance in 1984 was a signal of a turnaround for the franchise, which had labored to win since its creation in 1969. This was the moment that the Padres officially put the rest of the league on notice.
The Best Padres Players
You can’t talk about the Padres without mentioning the great Tony Gwynn. Gwynn was a multi-time batting champion who is regarded as one of the greatest pure hitters to ever play the game. He finished his career with a jaw-dropping .338 batting average.
Trevor Hoffman held the all-time saves record until New York Yankee great Mariano Rivera passed his mark of 601 saves. Hoffman recorded at least 40 saves in nine separate years.
Dave Winfield was a slugging outfielder who became one of the first big bashers in San Diego. Winfield finished his career in San Diego with over 150 home runs to go along with four all-star appearances.
Dick Williams led the Padres from 1982 to 1985. He finished his Padre coaching career with a .520 winning percentage while leading San Diego to their first-ever postseason appearance and National League Pennant in 1984.
Although Jack McKeon never saw postseason action as the Padres manager from 1988-1990, he left the team with an impressive .541 winning percentage.
Finally, Bruce Bochy led San Diego from 1995 to 2006. Although he finished his coaching career in San Diego with a winning percentage of just under .500, he was responsible for guiding the Padres to their second ever World Series appearance and also lead San Diego to four postseasons.
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