We’ll be looking at the top five players in Padre history at each position. The first rule: we will only consider the players’ time with the Padres, so Mike Piazza doesn’t count because he was only here for 1 year. I have set a completely arbitrary minimum of 200 games with the Padres. The other rule: players will be considered for their primary position; so Gene Tenace is a catcher and not a first baseman.
First, we looked at catcher where Terry Kennedy barely beat out Benito Santiago for top spot. Today, we move from behind the dish to behind the first base bag.
Players who just missed the cut:
Willie McCovey: ’74 – ’76 (321 games – .242/.360/.454)
Yes he was past his prime. Yes he is an icon with an in-division rival (he was not unique in this regard). But there’s no arguing that the old man had 2 1/2 nice seasons with the Friars, hitting 52 home runs before moving on to Oakland.
Jack Clark: ’89 – ’90 (257 games – .252/.423/.490)
I wish I could forget about Jack the Ripp