Fantasy Baseball 2009 - San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. They are in the Western Division of the National League. The San Diego Padres took their name from the Pacific Coast League team that came to San Diego in 1935, but it was not until 1969 that they joined Major League Baseball.
The San Diego Padres did not have a successful start to their career - finishing in last place in their first six seasons. It was not until 1978 that hope was brought to the residents of San Diego by the team. Ozzie Smith was picked by the team as shortstop and he revolutionized the way the position was played on the field. That year the all-star game was hosted by the Padres and was won by the National League. Key player Steve Garvey was soon to become a prominent player for the Padres.
The San Diego Padres won their first pennant in 1984. After this win, the Padres returned to their old form. In 1985 they came close to winning another pennant, but luck was not on their side as they collapsed at the end of the season. Although they did not win anything as a team, individual players still shone through and they managed to field seven of the All-Stars.
In 1994 the position of team president was given to Larry Lucchino. Bruce Bochy, a former Padres catcher, was hired as club manager. This combination seemed to be what the Padres were looking for as they won the NL West that season.
In 2004 the team finished third in the NL West, with a decent 87-75 record and in 2005 they managed to win the Western Division Championship, with the lowest winning percentage, 82-80.
Founded: 1969 (National League expansion) Home ballpark: PETCO Park (2004) Former home ballpark: Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium) (1969-2003) Uniform colors: Navy blue, Orange, and White Logo design: (New for 2004) Gold "SAN DIEGO" in small capitals and large, stylized white "Padres" superimposed over an outline of home plate; blue background with wave design in bottom half of home plate. Old logo (blue "PADRES" superimposed over a circle containing the words "San Diego Baseball Club") is shown at right. Wild Card titles won (0): none Division titles won (3): 1984, 1996, and 1998 National League pennants won (2): 1984, 1998 World Series championships won (0): none Baseball Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers Willie McCovey Gaylord Perry Ozzie Smith Dave Winfield
Active Roster Pitchers: Mike Adams Heath Bell
Cesar Carrillo Kevin Correia Ernesto Frieri Sean Gallagher Jon Garland Radhames Liz Edward Mujica Steve Garrison Luke Gregerson Craig Italiano Mat Latos Wade LeBlanc Luis Perdomo Aaron Poreda Cesar Ramos Clayton Richard Adam Russell Tim Stauffer Joe Thatcher Ryan Webb Chris Young
Catchers: Nick Hundley Dusty Ryan Yorvit Torrealba
Infielders: Matt Antonelli
Everth Cabrera David Eckstein Adrian Gonzalez Jerry Hairston Jr. Chase Headley Oscar Salazar
Outfielders Kyle Blanks Scott Hairston Luis Durango Tony Gwynn Aaron Cunningham Chad Huffman Will Venable