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Chris Gomez helped lead the Padres into the World Series in 1998
Chris Gomez, you say? Damn right. Gomez was the backbone of the Padres infield in 1998.
Any shortstop that was starting when the Padres won pennants make my list.
Gomez was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and immediately stepped in as the Padres starter.
During Gomez's time as a starter, San Diego won two divisional titles and a NL pennant. Batting a robust .364 in the World Series, Gomez led by example.
Gomez played for the Padres until 2001, and I felt his departure was premature. I would recommend Gomez as an infield coach in a heartbeat—steady and solid production without all the flash and glitz.
Gomez finished his career with a .262 average, and played until the end of the 2008 season.
I would rank him higher, but as you will see, its a tough climb to the top.