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San Diego Padres

For the minor league franchise in the Pacific Coast League, see San Diego Padres (PCL).
"Padres" redirects here. For the Chicano priests' organization, see PADRES. For other uses, see Padres (disambiguation).

San Diego Padres
33px 2020 San Diego Padres season
Established in 1969
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42, 51
  • Midnight blue, sand, white
  • San Diego Padres (1969–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Pads, The Friars
Major league titles
World Series titles (0) None
NL Pennants (2)
West Division titles (5)
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1984
Wild card berths (0) None
Front office
Owner(s) Jacob deGrom
Manager Bud Black
General Manager A.J. Preller

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball franchise based in San Diego, California. The Padres are a member of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s National League West division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won the NL pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times. As of 2014, they have had 14 winning seasons in franchise history.[1] The Padres and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the only MLB teams in California to originate from California, while the Athletics are originally from Philadelphia (and moved to the state from Kansas City), and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from New York.

Franchise history

Minor league team

The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League team which arrived in San Diego in 1936. That minor league franchise won the PCL title in 1937, led by 18-year-old Ted Williams, the future Hall-of-Famer who was a native of San Diego. The team's name, Spanish for "fathers", refers to the Spanish Franciscan friars who founded San Diego in 1769.

Major League Padres

In 1969, the Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), the Kansas City Royals, and the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers). Their original owner was C. Arnholt Smith, a prominent San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL Padres whose interests included banking, tuna fishing, hotels, real estate and an airline. Despite initial excitement, the guidance of longtime baseball executives, Eddie Leishman and Buzzie Bavasi as well as a new playing field, the team struggled; the Padres finished in last place in each of its first six seasons in the NL West, losing 100 games or more four times. One of the few bright spots on the team during the early years was first baseman and slugger Nate Colbert, an expansion draftee from the Houston Astros and still the Padres' career leader in home runs.

The team's fortunes gradually improved as they won 5 National League West titles and reached the World Series twice, in 1984 and in 1998 but lost both times. The Padres main draw during the 80s and 90s was Tony Gwynn, who won a number of league batting titles. They moved into their current stadium, Petco Park, in 2004.

As of 2014, the Padres are the only team in the MLB yet to throw a no-hitter since their addition to the league in 1969.[2]

Spring training

Padres logo, 1985
Padres logo, 1986–89
Padres logo, 1990
Padres logo, 1992–2003
Padres alternate logo, 2000–03

The team has played its spring training games at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona since 1994. They share the stadium with the Seattle Mariners.

From 1969 to 1993, the Padres held Spring Training in Yuma, Arizona at Desert Sun Stadium. Due to the short driving distance and direct highway route (170 miles, all on Interstate 8), Yuma was very popular with Padres fans, and many fans would travel by car from San Diego for Spring Training games. The move from Yuma to Peoria was very controversial, but was defended by the team as a reflection on the low quality of facilities in Yuma and the long travel necessary to play against other Arizona-based Spring Training teams (whose sites were all in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, both rather far from Yuma).

Logos and colors

Throughout the team's history, the San Diego Padres have used six different logos and four different color combinations. The original team colors were brown and gold.[3] Their first logo depicts a friar swinging a bat with Padres written at the top while standing in a sun-like figure with San Diego Padres on the exterior of it. The "Swinging Friar" has popped up on the uniform on and off ever since (he is currently on the left sleeve of the navy alternate jersey) although the head of the friar has been tweaked from the original in recent years, and it is currently the mascot of the team.

In 1985, the Padres switched to using a script-like logo in which Padres was written sloped up. That would later become a script logo for the Padres. The team's colors were changed to brown and orange and remained this way through the 1990 season.

In 1989, the Padres took the scripted Padres logo that was used from 1985 to 1988 and put it in a tan ring that read "San Diego Baseball Club" with a striped center. In 1991, the logo was changed to a silver ring with the Padres script changed from brown to blue. The logo only lasted one year, as the Padres changed their logo for the third time in three years, again by switching colors of the ring. The logo became a white ring with fewer stripes in the center and a darker blue Padres script with orange shadows. In 1991, the team's colors were also changed, to a combination of orange and navy blue.

For the 2001 season, the Padres removed the stripes off their jerseys and went with a white home jersey with the Padres name on the front in navy blue. The pinstripe jerseys were worn as alternate jerseys on certain occasions throughout the 2001 season. The Padres kept this color scheme and design for three seasons until their 2004 season, in which they moved into their new ballpark.

The logo was completely changed when the team changed stadiums between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, as the logo now looks similar to home plate with San Diego written in sand font at the top right corner and the Padres new script written completely across the center. Waves finish the bottom of the plate. Navy remains but a sandy beige replaces orange as a secondary color. The team's colors were also changed, to navy blue and sand brown. The San Diego has been removed from the top right corner of the logo for the 2011 season, and the away uniform changed from sand to gray.

For the 2012 season, the Padres unveiled a new primary logo, featuring the cap logo inside a navy blue circle with the words "San Diego Padres Baseball Club" adorning the outer circle. The "swinging friar" logo was recolored to the current colors of navy blue and white. Another secondary logo features the Padres script carried over from the previous year's logo below the depiction of Petco Park in sand and above the year of the team's first season (EST. 1969). The blue and sand version will be used in the home uniforms, with the blue and white version to be used on the away and alternate uniforms.

Military appreciation

Starting in 1996, the Padres became the first national sports team to have an annual military appreciation event.[4] Following in 2000, the Padres began wearing a camouflage to honor the military. The jersey has since gone through three different versions.[5][6][7] Starting in 2008, the Padres began wearing camouflage jerseys for every Sunday home game. They also wear these uniforms on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Beginning in 2011, the Padres have changed the camouflage design to a more modern "digital" design, using the MARPAT design after receiving permission from then-Commandant Conway,[5] and dropped the green from the lettering and logo of the jersey. Green has been replaced by a sand-olive color (also in the cap worn with the jersey). Since 1995[8] Marine Recruits from the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot often visit the games en masse, in uniform, often filling entire sections in the upper deck. When they are present, the team commemorates this with a special Fourth Inning Stretch featuring the Marine Hymn.[9] Through April 2005 over sixty thousand marine recruits were hosted by the Padres.[10] This is part of an extensive military outreach program, which also includes a series of Military Appreciation Night games,[11] and game tapes mailed to deployed United States Navy ships of the Pacific Fleet for onboard viewing (a large portion of the Pacific Fleet is homeported in San Diego).[12][13][14]

The San Diego area is home to a number of military installations, including several Navy and Coast Guard bases centered on San Diego Bay, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (former home of the "Top Gun" training program), and the Marine Corps training ground at Camp Pendleton. Civilians employed at those bases account for around 5% of the county's working population.[15]

Jason Bartlett wearing the third, and current, Padres camouflage uniform
Military service-members take to the field prior to the National Anthem being performed during Military Appreciation Day at Petco Park
Padres players in their first camouflage uniforms
Trevor Hoffman in 2008 wearing the Padres second camouflage uniform


The "Swinging Friar".

The "Swinging Friar" is currently the mascot of the team. Some in the past have confused The Famous Chicken as the mascot of the Padres. Although he does make appearances occasionally at San Diego sporting events, he has never been the official mascot of any San Diego sports team.

Season records

Quick facts

PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres (2004–present)
Founded: 1969 (National League expansion)
Current uniform colors: Dark blue, Sand, and White
Logo design: White interlocking 'S' and 'D'
Hometown Hero: Tony Gwynn
Nicknames: The Friars, the "Pads" (pronounced as "Pods")
Most winning season: (1998) 98–64. Western Division Title and National League Pennant Winners.
Most losing season: (1969) 52–110. Inaugural MLB season.
Local television: Fox Sports San Diego.
TV announcers: Dick Enberg, Mark Grant, Mike Pomeranz (pre-game/substitute announcer), Mark Sweeney (pre-game)
Local radio: 1090 AM The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 AM (en español).
Radio announcers: Ted Leitner, Bob Scanlan.
Spring training facility: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ
Rivals: Colorado Rockies (Division),[16] Los Angeles Dodgers (Division, geographical),[16][17] San Francisco Giants (Division),[17] Seattle Mariners (Inter-league)[18]


Award winners and league leaders

Team records (single-season and career)

Baseball Hall of Famers

The following elected members of the Baseball Hall of Fame played and/or managed for the Padres.

San Diego Padres Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
San Diego Padres

Roberto Alomar
Rollie Fingers

Goose Gossage
Tony Gwynn

Rickey Henderson
Greg Maddux
Willie McCovey

Gaylord Perry
Ozzie Smith

Dick Williams
Dave Winfield

  • Players listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Padres cap insignia.

Gwynn, Winfield, Fingers, Gossage, Randy Jones, and Graig Nettles (3B, 1984–1987) are also members of the San Diego Hall of Champions, which is open to athletes native to the San Diego area (such as Nettles) as well as to those who played for San Diego teams (such as Gwynn).

Ford C. Frick Award recipients (broadcasters)

Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as Padres broadcasters.

* Played as Padres

Retired numbers

The Padres have retired six numbers. Five were in honor of Padre players and one was Jackie Robinson's number 42, which was retired by all of Major League Baseball.[19]


Retired April 16, 1988

Retired September 4, 2004

Retired August 20, 2000

Retired May 9, 1997

Retired August 21, 2011

Honored April 15, 1997



The retired numbers are displayed in center field atop the batter's eye wall. They are free standing and mounted on poles. During the 2004 season, the first season in PETCO Park, there were only four retired numbers displayed. Gwynn's number 19 was not yet officially retired until late in the season and was added the following winter. Trevor Hoffman's number 51 was retired on August 21, 2011.[20]

The Padres also have a "star on the wall" in honor of broadcaster Jerry Coleman, in reference to his trademark phrase "Oh Doctor! You can hang a star on that baby!" Nearby the initials of former owner Ray Kroc are also displayed. Both the star and the initials are painted in gold on the front of the pressbox down the right field line accompanied by the name of the person in white.

Team Hall of Fame

People inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame which was founded in 1999.[21]

Current roster

San Diego Padres roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Starting rotation











60-day disabled list

25 active, 15 inactive

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Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated May 23, 2015
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National League Champions
Preceded by:
Florida Marlins
1998 Succeeded by:
Atlanta Braves
Preceded by:
Philadelphia Phillies
1984 Succeeded by:
St. Louis Cardinals
National League Western Division Champions
Preceded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
2005 & 2006 Succeeded by:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Preceded by:
San Francisco Giants
1998 Succeeded by:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Preceded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
1996 Succeeded by:
San Francisco Giants
Preceded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
1984 Succeeded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA El Paso Chihuahuas Pacific Coast League El Paso, TX
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League San Antonio, TX
Advanced A Lake Elsinore Storm California League Lake Elsinore, CA
A Fort Wayne TinCaps Midwest League Fort Wayne, IN
Short Season A Tri-City Dust Devils Northwest League Pasco, WA
Rookie AZL Padres Arizona League Peoria, AZ
DSL Padres Dominican Summer League Dominican Republic

Radio and television

As of 2014, the Padres' flagship radio station is XEPRS 1090AM collectively known as The Mighty 1090. Ted Leitner is the primary play-by-play announcer, with Jesse Agler working the middle innings of each game and Bob Scanlan serving as color analyst. The games are also broadcast in Spanish on XEMO, "La Poderosa 860 AM", with Eduardo Ortega, Carlos Hernandez and Pedro Gutiérrez announcing. Padre games were also aired from 2006-2010 XHPRS 105.7FM.

Padres' games are currently televised by Fox Sports San Diego. Dick Enberg serves as play-by-play announcer, with Mark Grant as color analyst and Kris Budden as field reporter. Mike Pomeranz hosts the Padres Live pre- and post-game show along with Mark Sweeney.

Spanish language telecasts of Sunday games are seen XHAS-TV channel 33. Until September 2007, Friday and Saturday Spanish games were seen on KBOP-CA channel 43, until that station changed to an all-infomercial format. This makes XHAS the only over-the-air-television station carrying Padres baseball. English-language Padres over-the-air broadcasts aired over the years on XETV, KCST, KUSI, KFMB-TV and KSWB-TV.

John Demott was the Padres' first public address announcer when the team began in 1969. By the late 1970s Bruce Binkowski had taken over as PA announcer, and became the longest-serving public address announcer in the team's history, remaining until the end of the 1999 season. First DeMott and then Binkowski also were responsible with PA announcing duties for the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State University Aztecs, both of which were joint tenants at Qualcomm Stadium with the Padres until the Padres moved into Petco Park. From Petco Park's opening in 2004 until 2013, the PA announcer was Frank Anthony, a radio host with 105.7 The Walrus. On April 19, 2014, Alex Miniak was announced as the new Public Address Announcer for the San Diego Padres. Miniak was formerly the PA announcer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.[22]

Educational involvement

The San Diego Padres established The Padres Scholars program, the first of its kind among professional sports. Originally each Padres scholar was selected as a seventh grader and received a $5,000 scholarship after graduation from High School to go towards higher education. This program has reached 389 students from its establishment in 1995 to now. Over the past few years the program has undergone a few changes to be effective an education standpoint. This program focuses on creating a close relationship between the chosen scholars and the team. As of 2011, 3 high school seniors will be chosen to receive a $30,000 scholarship to be awarded through the course of their higher education. Conditions are held in order to maintain this prestigious award, maintaining contact with the Padres providing proof of good academic standing.[23]

The San Diego Padres are the sponsors of and heavily involved in most aspects of the Sports Business Management MBA degree program offered in conjunction with San Diego State University's College of Business Administration. SDSU's Sports MBA is the only program of its kind created in partnership with a professional sports franchise. The curriculum focuses on the entire sports business industry, not just baseball. The program includes an internship. Members of Padres senior management regularly participate, including work with the development and continued coordination of SDSU's International Case Competition, which annually attracts participation from top business schools.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Paris, Jay (October 4, 2012). "PARIS: Progress, but Padres could come to regret decision on Headley". North County Times. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bernie Wilson (15 December 2014). San Diego Padres. ABDO. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-62968-836-7. 
  3. ^ "O'Malleys pledge to carry on legacy". Associated Press. August 30, 2012. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ MC1 Kim McLendon (April 9, 2008). "Padres Salute Armed Forces With Military Appreciation Night". Navy News Service. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
    "America's Fans: Our Military and Major League Baseball". United States Department of defense. September 2, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bill Center (January 25, 2011). "New uniforms make Padres' military tribute harder to see". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ 'Duk (February 26, 2011). "Padres' new camouflage jerseys could prove to be too realistic". Sports. Yahoo. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Corey Brock (January 25, 2011). "Padres unveil new 'Marine digital' jerseys". News. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Vasgerdsian, Ed (2008). "San Diego Padres-"The Team of the Military"". Leatherneck Magazine (Marine Corps Association). Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "San Diego Padres". Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Tom Cushman (April 17, 2005). "Captain Jack salutes Padres' military outreach efforts". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Military Appreciation Series". San Diego Padres. MLB. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ MCC Donnie Ryan; MC3 Sarah Bitter (September 6, 2008). "'Padres at Sea' Program Helps Peleliu Sailors and Marines Follow San Diego Baseball during Deployment". Navy News Service. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Padres cover their bases with military". Sports Business Journal. June 1, 1998. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ Sandy Burgin (October 23, 2002). "Ensch, Pads dedicated to military". San Diego Padres. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Naval Base San Diego Thanks Navy League for Support". U.S. Department of the Navy. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Porter, David L.; Naiman, Joe (2002). The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 203. ISBN 9781582610580. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Moehlmann, Kristin; Morgen, Emmanuelle (2007). Fodor's 07 San Diego. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 13. ISBN 9781400017119. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ Chris Jenkins (April 15, 2013). "MLB Insider: Meanwhile, up in the northwest corner ...". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ Center, Bill (August 19, 2011). "Blanks keeps up hot pace in Padres victory". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ Singer, Tom (August 21, 2011). "In stirring ceremony, Hoffman's No. 51 retired". Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Padres Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Padres Scholars | Community". June 19, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  24. ^ Congratulations, Graduates! (San Diego Padres Mascot Blog, June 4, 2008)[dead link]

Further reading

  • Papucci, Nelson (2002). The San Diego Padres, 1969–2002: A Complete History. Big League Press. ISBN 9780971946606. 
  • Mitchell, Jane (2010). One on One: My Journey With Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites, And Rising Stars. Sweet Dreams Publishing of Mass. ISBN 978-0-9824461-7-1. 

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