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
2016 San Diego Padres season
Established in 1969
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • Blue, yellow, brown, white [1]
  • San Diego Padres (1969–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Friars
Major league titles
World Series titles (0) None
NL Pennants (2)
West Division titles (5)
Wild card berths (0) None
Front office
Owner(s) Ron Fowler[2]
Manager Andy Green
General Manager A. J. Preller
President of Baseball Operations A. J. Preller

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball franchise based in San Diego, California. The Padres are a member of the West division of the National League (NL) in Major League Baseball (MLB), along with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won the NL pennant twice: in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times. As of 2015, they have had 14 winning seasons in franchise history.[3] The Padres and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the only Major League Baseball teams in California to originate from California; the Athletics are originally from Philadelphia (and moved to the state from Kansas City), and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from Brooklyn and New York City respectively.

Franchise history

Minor league team

The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League team that 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 five 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 1980s and 1990s was Tony Gwynn, who won a number of league batting titles. They moved into their current stadium, Petco Park, in 2004.

As of 2015, the Padres are the only team in the MLB yet to throw a no-hitter since their addition to the league in 1969.[4]

Spring training

Padres logo, 1985
Padres logo, 1986–89
Padres logo, 1990
Padres logo, 1991–2003
Padres alternate logo, 2000–03
Padres primary logo, 2012–15

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.[5] 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, with the new logo looking 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 finished the bottom of the plate. Navy remained but a sandy beige replaced orange as a secondary color. The team's colors were also changed, to navy blue and sand brown. The San Diego was 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.[6]

For the 2016 season, San Diego will switch to a blue and yellow color scheme, similar to the concept of the 2016 MLB All Star Game logo.[1][7] Also for the 2016 season San Diego added a new brown and yellow alternate uniform to be worn mostly during Friday home games.

Military Appreciation

Starting in 1996, the Padres became the first national sports team to have an annual military appreciation event.[8] Following in 2000, the Padres began wearing a camouflage to honor the military. The jersey has since gone through three different versions.[9][10][11] 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,[9] 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[12] Marine Recruits from the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot often visit the games en masse during Military Appreciation Day, in uniform, often filling entire sections in the upper deck of Petco Park. When they are present, the team commemorates this with a special Fourth Inning Stretch featuring the Marine Hymn.[13] Through April 2005 over 60,000 marine recruits were hosted by the Padres.[14] This is part of an extensive military outreach program, which also includes a series of Military Appreciation Night games,[15] 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).[16][17][18]

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.[19]

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
United States Coast Guard Jayhawk flying over Petco Park


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)
Petco Park, as seen from overhead
Founded: 1969 (National League expansion)
Current uniform colors: Navy blue, Sunshine Yellow, Brown, and White
Logo design: White and Sunshine Yellow 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, Don Orsillo(substitute announcer), Mike Pomeranz (pre-game/post-game, substitute announcer), Mark Sweeney (pre-game/post game/sideline reporter), Steve Finley(substitute pre-game/post-game, sideline reporter)
Local radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 AM (en español).
Radio announcers: Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler, Eduardo Ortega (Spanish), Carlos Hernández (Spanish)
Spring training facility: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona
Rivals: Arizona Diamondbacks (Division), Colorado Rockies (Division),[20] Los Angeles Dodgers (Division, geographical),[20][21] San Francisco Giants (Division),[21] Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Inter-league), Oakland Athletics (Inter-league), and the Seattle Mariners (Inter-league)[22]


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
Mike Piazza
Ozzie Smith

Dick Williams
Dave Winfield

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

Ford C. Frick Award recipients (broadcasters)

San Diego Padres Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Jerry Coleman

Dick Enberg

  • Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Padres.
  • * Played as Padres

Retired numbers

Numbers retired by the Padres displayed in Ring of Honor above the press box at Petco Park

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.[23] The retired numbers are displayed on the upper deck facade behind home plate.


Retired April 16, 1988

Retired September 4, 2004

Retired April 14, 2001

Retired May 9, 1997

Retired August 21, 2011

Honored April 15, 1997

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. Kroc was honored in 1984, Coleman in 2001.

Team Hall of Fame

The following 11 people have been inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999.[24]

Year Year inducted
Bold Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Padre
Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award
San Diego Padres Hall of Fame
No. Player Position Tenure Inducted
Buzzie Bavasi Team President 1969–1977 2001
21 Ken Caminiti 3B 1995–1998 2016
17 Nate Colbert 1B 1969–1974 1999
2 Jerry Colemandagger Manager
1972-1979, 1981–2013
19 Tony Gwynndagger RF 1982–2001 2002
51 Trevor Hoffman P 1993–2008 2014
35 Randy Jones P 1973–1980 1999
Ray Kroc Owner 1974–1984 1999
9, 09 Benito Santiago C 1986–1992 2015
1 Garry Templeton SS 1982–1991 2015
23 Dick Williams Manager 1982–1985 2009
19 Ted Williams LF 1936–1937 (PCL) 2016
31 Dave Winfielddagger RF 1973–1980 2000

San Diego Hall of Champions

Gwynn, Winfield, Fingers, Gossage, Randy Jones, and Graig Nettles (3B, 1984–1987) are 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).

Padres in the San Diego Hall of Champions
No. Player Position Tenure Notes
Buzzie Bavasi Team President 1969–1977
3 Alan Trammell Coach 2000–2002 Elected mainly on his performance with Detroit Tigers
4 Bob Skinner Coach
Born in La Jolla
7 Tony Clark 1B 2008 Elected mainly on his performance with Detroit Tigers
8, 10 Dave Roberts OF
Raised in San Diego
9 Graig Nettles 3B 1984–1987 Born and raised in San Diego, attended San Diego State
19 Ted Williams LF 1936–1937 (PCL) Elected mainly on his performance with Boston Red Sox, born and raised in San Diego
19 Tony Gwynn RF 1982–2001 Attended San Diego State
31 Dave Winfield RF 1973–1980
33 David Wells P 2004, 2006–2007 Elected mainly on his performances with Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, grew up in Ocean Beach, San Diego
34 Rollie Fingers P 1977–1980 Elected mainly on his performance with Oakland A's
35 Randy Jones P 1973–1980
51 Trevor Hoffman P 1993–2008
54 Goose Gossage P 1984–1987

Current roster

San Diego Padres 2017 spring training roster
40-man roster Non-roster invitees Coaches/Other







36 active, 0 inactive, 0 non-roster invitees

7- or 10-day disabled list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated December 8, 2016
TransactionsDepth Chart
All MLB rosters


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, Texas
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League San Antonio, Texas
Advanced A Lake Elsinore Storm California League Lake Elsinore, California
A Fort Wayne TinCaps Midwest League Fort Wayne, Indiana
Short Season A Tri-City Dust Devils Northwest League Pasco, WA
Rookie AZL Padres Arizona League Peoria, Arizona
DSL Padres Dominican Summer League Dominican Republic

Radio and television

As of 2014, the Padres' flagship radio station is XEPRS-AM 1090 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-AM, "La Poderosa 860 AM", with Eduardo Ortega, Carlos Hernández and Pedro Gutiérrez announcing. Padre games were also aired from 2006–2010 XHPRS-FM 105.7.

On August 18th, 2016, the Padres announced they will air their games on KBZT FM 94.9 beginning with the 2017 season [25]

Padres' games are currently televised by Fox Sports San Diego. Dick Enberg and Don Orsillo share the role of 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-TDT 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-TDT the only over-the-air-television station carrying Padres baseball. English-language Padres over-the-air broadcasts aired over the years on XETV-TV, KCST-TV, KUSI-TV, 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.[26]

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. Maintaining this prestigious award is conditional on maintaining contact with the Padres and providing proof of good academic standing.[27]

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.[28]

See also


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  15. "Military Appreciation Series". San Diego Padres. MLB. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  16. 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.
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  18. Sandy Burgin (October 23, 2002). "Ensch, Pads dedicated to military". San Diego Padres. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  19. "Naval Base San Diego Thanks Navy League for Support". U.S. Department of the Navy. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  20. 1 2 Porter, David L.; Naiman, Joe (2002). The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 203. ISBN 9781582610580. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  21. 1 2 Moehlmann, Kristin; Morgen, Emmanuelle (2007). Fodor's 07 San Diego. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 13. ISBN 9781400017119. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
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  23. 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.
  24. "Padres Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  25. August 18, 2016
  27. "Padres Scholars | Community". June 19, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  28. Congratulations, Graduates! (San Diego Padres Mascot Blog, June 4, 2008)

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