The San Diego Padres 40th season All Pro Team.
For a small market team in comparison to New York or Chicago, the Padres have had far more than their share of All Stars and good players.
Brett Boone is just one of many talented players to dig their spikes in as a Friar. What follows is my personal Padres All Pro Team, based on photos within the Bleacher Report archives.
Randy Jones and Nate Colbert are not represented in the archives, but are members of the squad. Jones won a Cy Young Award in 1976, and Colbert still holds the all time record for home runs (5) and RBI (13) in a double header.
Padres catcher Terry Kennedy played for the Padres from 1981 through 1986. Kennedy quickly became the starting catcher, and helped the Pads to four consecutive .500 seasons including a National League pennant in 1984.
TK had a snap throw to second base, and a penchant for doubles into the corners at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Kennedy hit 76 home runs for the Padres, and 113 for his career.
TK also played in the World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 1989.
He has been named minor league manager of the year two times.
Adrian Gonzalez has quickly taken his place as one of the Padres best players.Gonzalez played in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico in 2009.
Gonzales was originally drafted out of high school in 2003 by the Florida Marlins. Gonzo was dealt to the Texas Rangers, who eventually sent him the San Diego. Since his arrival, Adrian has been the Padres most consistant player.
Gonzalez was a member of the 2008 All Star team, and won his first Gold Glove. Gonzalez in poised for a big 2009 season, regardless of the Padres eventual talent level this year.
Steve Garvey played for San Diego from 1983 through 1987. The Garv gave the Padres instant credibility when he was signed as a free agent, from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1983.
Garvey was instrumental in the Pads run to the World Series in 1984, helping San Diego run away from the pack, with the teams first division and league championship.
Garvey's heroics in the playoffs against the Chicago Cubs in the 1984 National League Championship Series still stands as one of the greatest individual performances in team history.
Garvey hit 61 home runs for the Padres and drove in 306 runs.
He batted .294 lifetime, with 227 home runs in a 19 year career. most of which was spent with the Dodgers.
Wally Joyner played four seasons for the Padres from 1996 through 1999. Joyner anchored first base during the Padres 1998 National League Championship season. Wally World became a part of Qualcomm Stadium.
Joyner hit 38 home runs for San Diego, and posted a .995 fielding percentage.
Joyner batted .289 lifetime with 204 home runs and 1,106 runs batted in. Wally also serrved as the Padres batting coach in 2008.
Quilvio Veras was the Padres second baseman from 1997 through 1999. Veras was the Padres base stealer and run scoring sparkplug during the 1998 season. Quilvio stole 87 bases in his three seasons as a Padre.
Veras hit for a lifetime average of .270 and he swiped 183 bases during his 8 year career. Quilvio led the National League in stolen bases with 56 as a member of the Florida Marlins in 1995.
Tim Flannery played for San Diego from 1979 until his retirement in 1989.
Flannery was the Padres 10th man, filling in second base, third base and shortstop, and was a frequent pinch hitter.
Flannery hit the grounder that Cubs first baseman Leon Durhan misplayed, allowing the Padres to score they tying run in game five of the Nation League Championship Series in 1984.
Flannery hit nine home runs and scored 255 runs, he also hit 25 triples.
Graig Nettles started at third base for San Diego from 1984 through 1986. Nettles provided the Padres with veteran championship leadership. His solid glove combined with a clutch bat helped propel the Pads to success. Nettles hit 51 home runs as a Friar, and was a member of the 1995 All Star game wearing Brown Pinstripes.
Nettles played many years for the New York Yankees, and won two World Championships there in 1977 and 1978. He won two Gold Gloves and was a six time All Star.
Ken Caminiti manned third base from 1995 through 1998 for San Diego.
Caminiti was the National League's premier power hitting third baseman during his time in San Diego, during what is now known to be the juiced player era, Cami was batting against players who also were pumped up, so I feel his records are bona fide.
Caminiti hit 239 lifetime home runs, and drove in 983 runs , as well as scoring 894 runs. He was named National League Most Valuable player in 1996. Cami was a three time All Star, and won three Gold Gloves.
He retired in 2001 as a member of the Texas Rangers.
Garry Templeton brought his steady bat and glove to San Diego in 1982, and played 11 season as the Padres starting shortstop. Templeton was a natural switch hitter, and provided the Pad's with a double sided threat at the plate.
Templeton set a record as the first player to collect 100 hits from both sides of the plate in 1979 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a three time All Star and won two Silver Slugger awards. Tempy retired as a member of the New York Mets in 1991.
Ozzie Smith debuted with the San Diego Padres as a major leaguer in April 1978. Smith quickly established himself as the best defensive shortstop in the game.
Ozzie played four seasons for the Padres, and developed his signature backflip in his early career in San Diego. Smith was slow to develop with his bat, but eventually won a Silver Slugger award in 1997.
Ozzie was a 15 time All Star, and won 13 Gold Gloves. Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001,
He represented the Padres as an All Star in 1981.
Chris Gomez was a Padres shortstop for six seasons, beginning in 1996. Gomez hit .364 for the Pad's in the 1998 World Series, and his glove kept the Padres in every game, although they were swept by a powerful New York Yankee team. Gomez continues to play in the Majors, entering his 17th season.
Gomez has a .262 lifetime average and has played for eight Major League teams, most recently as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tony Gwynn was destined to wear Padre gear all of his career, Tony played for the Padres from 1983 until he retired in 2001. Gwynn holds a lifetime batting average of .336 , and he was a 15 time All Star.
Tony won five Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger Awards. His tough play, combined with his undying love of the game, made Gwynn one of the most respected players of his era.
Gwynn is now the manager at San Diego State, playing home games at Tony Gwynn stadium.
Dave Winfield stepped directly from the fields of his college alma mater, the University of Minnesota, into the Padres starting lineup in 1973.
Winfield played for San Diego until the end of the 1980 season.
Winnie was known for hitting roped line drives, taking huge amounts of real estate with every stride, and having a cannon arm in which to eliminate opposing base runners. in 1978, Winfield became one of the premier players in the game, posting a .308 average, and he represented the Padres in the first All Star Game played in San Diego. In1979 he hit an identical .308 and drove in 118 runs.
Winfield was allowed to leave as a free agent after the 1980 season, and he gigned with the New York Yankees, playing in New York for eight seasons.
Winfield played 23 seasons in the majors, and won a World Series title with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a 12 time All Star, and won 7 Gold Gloves.
Winfield was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001,
wearing his Padres uniform. Winfield's number 31 was retired by the Padres.
Steve Finley played four season for the Padres from 1995 through 1998. Finley was the centerpiece on the Padres 1998 National League Championship roster, providing power and air tight defense in center field.
Finley hit 82 home runs as a Padre, and won two gold gloves while in San Diego. Finley helped lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series Title in 2001.
Steve Finley retired after the 2007 season, as a member of the Colorado Rockies. He hit 304 lifetime home runs and drove in 1167 runs.
Rickey stole bases. Rickey hit home runs. Rickey scored runs.
Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's all time stolen base record as a Padre.
Henderson played in San Diego in 1996, 1997 and came back for another season in 2001. His lifetime total of 1406 stolen bases should last for quite a while. Rickey stole 91 of those bases as a Padre.
Henderson played for nine teams during his career, including the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. He retired after the 2003 season.
Gaylord Perry was a San Diego Padre for 2 season in 1978 and 1979, Perry posted a 21-6 record for the Pad's during his second Cy Young season, in 1978.
Perry delighted in psychological games when facing opponents, even going so far as to dunk a baseball in a bucket of water, and the rolling it into his intended victims dugout, just to reinforce their belief that he used a spitter.
No one could ever catch Perry at it however, and he pitched fron 1962 until his retirement after the 1983 season.
Perry is a member of the Hall Of Fame, pitching 5350 innings in his career.
Greg Maddux came to the Padres late in his career, but left his mark all the same. The Professor brought veteran savvy to a Padre pitching staff sadly lacing in that department. Maddux pitched in San Diego in 2007 and 2008.
Maddux played 24 seasons in the majors, and won 355 games during a long and storied career. Maddux owns five Cy Young Awards, and won a World Championship in 2001 as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Maddux also played for the Chicago Cubs, where he debuted in 1986. He won 18 Gold Gloves and was an All Star eight times. Maddux also won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year award in four different seasons..
He retired after the 2008 season.
Jake Peavy remains the best pitcher on the current Padres roster. He has already won 86 games in San diego, and looks to add to that total in 2009.
Peavy won the Cy Young Award in 2007, racking up the National League triple crown of pitching with 19 wins, 240 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA. Peavy dominated batters, helping the Padres into the playoffs.
Peavy takes a lifetime 3.62 ERA into the 2009 season, along with 2 strikeout titles in 2004 and 2007.
In one season as a Padre, Brown cemented his roster spot on the All Pro team, with an 18-7 record and a Padres N.L. Pennant in 1998.
Brown pitched for 20 seasons, compiling 211 wins, and was a six time All Star selection. Brown won the World Series in 1997 as a member of the Florida Marlins, and was selected by the Sporting News as Pitcher of the Year in 1998 for San Diego
Brown retired after the 2007 season, as a member of the New York Yankees.
Fernando Valenzuela was past his prime when he joined the Padres, however, that didnt stop Valenzuela from occasionally dominating hitters as he always had. Valenzuela played 3 seasons for San Diego, and won 23 games for the Padres, including a 13-8 record and a division title in 1996.
Fernando retired after the 1997 season, but has continued to pitch in Mexico last playing in the 2005-2006 winter league.
Valenzuela won 171 games in the Major Leagues, and posted a lifetime ERA of 3.54. He was a six time All Star, and won one World Series Title in 1981, as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Goose came to the Pad's as one of the top closers in the game, and Gossage did not let Padre fans down. Gossage pitched four seasons in San Diego, and totaled 83 saves as a member of the Padres.
Gossage retired the last six Chicago Cubs batters he faced in game 5 of the National League Championship series in 1984, giving the Padres their first Pennant.
Goose saved 310 games in his career, and won a World Series title as a member of the New York Yankees in 1977. He retired after the 1994 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners.
Rollie Fingers was the Padres first great closer, winning two Fireman of the year awards in San Diego, in 1978 and 1980. Fingers saves helped the Padres post their first winning season at 84-78 in 1978.
Fingers was a three time champion as a member of the Oaklands A's, and was named to the All Star team seven times. Rollie won a Cy Yound award in 1981 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He retired in 1985 as a Brewer, and collected 311 saves in his career.
Fingers is a member of the Hall of Fame, inducted in 1992.
Mark Davis was the Padres closer for two season, in 1988 and 1989. Davis won the Cy Young Award in 1989, saving 44 games for San Diego. No closer won the award again until Eric Gagne won it in 2003 while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Davis pitched 15 seasons in the Majors, retiring in 1997 with 91 lifetime saves.
Craig Lefferts pitched for the Padres in two different periods, both from 1984 through 1987, and again from 1990 through 1992. Lefferts helped both the Padres and San Francisco Giants to National League Pennants in 1984 and 1989.
Lefferts racked up 101 saves in his career, and is now the pitching coach for the Vancouver Canadians.
Hoffman is the All time Saves leader with 554 saves. Trevor was the face of the Padres franchise for 15 seasons, and has been selected to the All Star team six times. Hoffman was instrumental in helping the Padres reach the World Series in 1998, and remains a San Diego fan favorite,
Hoffman is now a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.