Originally written on Friarhood  |  Last updated 12/25/12

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 19: Third baseman Troy Glaus #25 of the Anaheim Angels strikes out as catcher Benito Santiago #33 of the San Francisco Giants throws the ball back to pitcher Tim Worrell in the eigth inning of game one of the World Series on October 19, 2002 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. The Giants defeated the Angels 4-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Benito Santiago – Photographed by: Ronald C. Modra 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.  The other rule: players will be considered for their primary position, so Gene Tenace is a catcher and not a first baseman. Today, we’re looking behind the dish. Players who just missed the cut: John Flaherty: ’96 – ’97 (201 games – .284/.324/.411) Acquired for the division title run in 1996, “Flash” put together 1 ½ solid seasons as a Padre before being traded to Tampa. Ramon Hernandez: ’04 – ’05 (210 games- .283/.332/.463) Perhaps the 2nd best pure hitter at the catcher position in Padres history (behind Piazza), though his defense was a little lacking; helped win a division title during 2 years here before signing for big money in Baltimore. Carlos Hernandez:  ’97 – ’00 (237 games- .269/.312/.376) Known m
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