The San Diego Padres — founded in 1969 as part of MLB’s expansion — have competed in the World Series, losing both times in heartbreaking fashion. In 1998 Bruce Bochy led the Padres to a 98-64 record and an NL Pennant, however the championship dream came to a halt when the powerhouse New York Yankees swept San Diego to capture the World Series title. It marked the second time the Padres reached the final but came up just short. The club made its first World Series appearance in 1984 but lost to the Detroit Tigers in five games.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs for the Padres, who have only made the post-season twice since that 1998 run. The Padres won their division in 2005 and 2006, but were ousted in the NLDS both years. The franchise, which has undergone several logo and name changes since its inception in to the National League, has captured five West Division titles.
Former slugger Nate Colbert played six seasons in San Diego and holds the franchise record for most home runs with 163. However it was Tony Gwynn — the face of the franchise for many seasons — that was the real star in the late 1980s and throughout the 90s. Gwynn’s 1,383 total career hits is a franchise best and a record that will be hard to surpass.
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It’s hard to draw many positives for a team that’s missed the post-season as long as the San Diego Padres have.
After finishing last in the NL West in 2016, the Padres are faced with more challenging times moving forward, both on the mound and at the plate. The Padres had the sixth-worst ERA in the National League in 2016, finishing with a 4.43 average.
The Padres are lacking that No.1 slugger teams with bigger payrolls have in their lineups. It’s showed in the offensive numbers as the club was 10th in the National League in runs in 2016. Second baseman Yangervis Solarte is the Padres’ best hitter but the infielder is lacking home run power. That’s where Wil Myers comes into the picture as the first baseman had a career season in 2016, hitting 28 home runs and 94 RBIs for San Diego. Myers showed his versatility by recording 28 stolen bases as well.
The Padres were marginally better on home field than on the road in 2016, posting a 39-42 record away from Petco Park.
While things look bleak in the short term, the Padres have a full cupboard of promising prospects that can lift the club back into contention, including starting pitcher Anderson Espinosa.
Until then, bet with cautiously when putting your money down on the Padres.
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