Originally posted on RJ's Fro  |  Last updated 2/10/12

I know it's not Thursday, but I just wanted to introduce this new project that I'm going to start up this season. If naming the blog after a Padres legend to being a brown backer to having a lot of history related posts on the site, doesn't give away that I am a huge lover of all things related to the history of Padres baseball, then let's just say that I'm kind of a fan.

I've had this idea for sometime but never really got around to it...that is UNTIL THIS YEAR! The goal is on each Thursday to post 3-4 different profiles of ex-Padres. They'll be setup to automatically post throughout the day. To give you an idea of my general template, I've started with the top of the alphabet during the 1969 season and an unknown utility player in Jose Arcia. For certain players I'll include Awards and Accomplishments, the HOF voting and a "six degrees of separation" section (it won't be as detailed as the post...just a timeline).

If you have any advice, things you want to see added, things you aren't interested in, then let me know in the comments section or via Twitter or Facebook. I'll even take a carrier pigeon if that's your thing. As Padres fans, let's get to know the Jose Arcia's out there. It will make us better, more knowledgeable, fans and in case you don't know, that would be a good thing.

 

Jose Arcia 


 Infielder (Second Base/Shortstop) | Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 170 | DOB: 8/22/1943 | La Habana, Cuba

Draft: Signed as an amateur free agent by the Houston Colt .45's in 1962

MLB Debut: 4/10/68 (Chicago Cubs)

Acquired: 10/14/68 – Drafted in the 9th Round (18th Overall) in the 1968 Expansion Draft from the Chicago Cubs

Seasons in San Diego: 1969-1970

Left: 12/11/71 - Traded from the San Diego Padres with C Ron Drake to the Minnesota Twins for 1B Jerry Schlegelmilch

Career Stats: Major League & Minor League

Known for: Despite having no power (1 career HR), never hitting for average (.215 average), having little speed (16 stolen bases/13 caught stealing) and not being the best defender (-3.1 dWAR), Arcia still managed to rack up 573 plate appearances over two seasons with the Padres. That speaks wonders as to how dreadful those early seasons were. The Cuban spent the entire 1971 season in AAA before being shipped to the Twins for first baseman Jerry Schlegelmilch. Arcia would never play in the majors again but would spend the next 5 seasons in the Minors before hanging them up. Schlegelmilch did nothing for the Padres....no really, he has no Minor or Major League numbers with the Padres organization.

1969 Topps (#473)

1970 Topps (#587)

1971 Topps (#134)

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