Not a team many people talk about, the San Diego Padres are off to a strange start in 2014. Their pitching has done fairly well in every category except for wins. Petco Park is a tough place to hit, but they haven’t always played there. Even before this lackluster 2014 season, where a player only crosses the plate when walking back to the dugout after a strikeout, the team has a history without many memorable moments or achievements. As an organization, they have a few reasons to be ashamed.
No World Series Victories
While they share this dishonor with several other teams, the Padres are still one of the oldest to have never won a World Series. An expansion team in 1969, the Padres are 0-2 in the Fall Classic. Their first appearance was in 1984 against Spark Anderson’s Detroit Tigers where they lost in 5 games. They only got back there one more time in 1998 when they ran into the New York Yankees and were swept in 4 games. This lack of memorable postseason highlights drastically shortens the team almanac.
Only One Hall of Famer
The only player currently in the Hall of Fame to have primarily played with the Padres is of course Tony Gwynn. Gwynn is Mr. Padre and in 2006 he became an immortal by receiving enough votes to join the other legends in Cooperstown. Trevor Hoffman will most likely join him eventually; however, no one else even comes close to matching them except for Dave Winfield was more of a Yankee than anything else.
More on Tony Gwynn
Tony Gwynn is the leader in most of the team’s offensive categories including games played with 2440 of them. Second on the list is Gary Templeton who played in just over half as many. The only major category Gwynn is not the leader in is home runs. This is held by the forgettable Nate Colbert who only spent 6 seasons with the team. Long story short, the Padres do not keep talented players for very long.
Eric Show won 100 games for the Padres and is the only pitcher to reach this three-digit milestone in a Padres’ uniform. Like Gwynn is to the batter’s box, Trevor Hoffman is to the mound. Hoffman appeared in 902 games for the Padres, the most of any pitcher. Second is Craig Lefferts who didn’t even crack 400 games. Thankfully Hoffman’s 552 career saves as a member of the Padres is one impressive statistic the team holds dear.
Jedd Gyorko’s Twitter Following
Infielder Jedd Gyorko is one of the few offensive players the Padres have some high hopes for going forward. A look at the amount of fans he has on Twitter, you might think he is a 30-year-old veteran backup catcher. Perhaps it has been his slow start in 2014 that has scared people away from finding what he ate for breakfast.