This offseason, we've been chronicling the best players in franchise history, breaking them down in their respective positions. Rounding out the infield is our spotlight on shortstops.
As we've been doing, we will run through the candidates in alphabetical order, with brief paragraphs outlining their case. Voting will then take place, and the winner will receive an article that includes a full player profile; and will be included in our list of the greatest Padres of all-time.
This position boasts a few well-known candidates and even a Hall of Famer. Despite not being a position known for power, one of the candidates ranks in the franchise's Top 10 for several power categories.
And now, the nominees:
Tony Fernández — (1991-1992)
Acquired in from the Blue Jays in the 1990 offseason for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar, Tony was an All-Star shortstop in his time with the Friars.
In 1992, he had his best season with the Padres, going to the Mid-Summer Classic and finishing fourth in the N.L. in singles with 141.
Khalil Greene — (2003-2008)
The former first-round pick out of Clemson patrolled San Diego's middle infield for six seasons. In 2007, he hit 27 HR, and with 84 in his career, he ranks among the franchise's best.
His spectacular defensive antics will no doubt notch him a Gold Glove soon.
Damian Jackson — (1999-2001, 2005)
D.J. was a vacuum for San Diego in the four seasons he played for the Padres.
Despite playing at second base and the outfield, as well as a shortstop, Jackson was always a defensive asset.
A weapon on the base paths as well, Jackson stole 100 bags for the Padres in his two tenures.
Ozzie Smith — (1978-1981)
The Wizard of Oz's first stop in his Hall of Fame career was in San Diego.
A Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1978, Smith stole 147 bases for the Padres and made the All-Star game in 1981.
Smith won his first two Gold Gloves for the Padres in 1980 and the strike-shortened 1981 seasons. His 57 stolen bases in 1980 ranked sixth in the N.L.
Garry Templeton — (1982-1991)
Acquired for Ozzie Smith after the 1981 season, Templeton was not as flashy as the Wizard, but he was an integral part of the Padres lineup during the 1980's, including being the starting shortstop for the team in the 1984 World Series, the same year he won his second Silver Slugger award.
In 1985, he made the All-Star team, backing up the man who replaced him in St. Louis, Ozzie Smith. One of the longest serving Padres, Temp hit more than 1,000 hits for the Friars and stole more than 100 bases.