San Diego Padres
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The San Diego Padres are a National League ballclub.
The old San Diego Padres were a PCL team from the 1930s through the 1960s, ultimately becoming a farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Among Phillies farmhands who played for the old Padres was Larry Bowa, who later would manage the major-league Padres for a little over a season. Ted Williams also played minor-league ball in San Diego as a teenager, though the team may not have been known as the Padres during his brief tenure, and certainly was not associated with the Phillies.) San Diego was awarded a National League franchise in 1969, and kept the name Padres.
For a while they were the only major league team to wear brown and gold uniforms, which was very embarrassing at the time but has acquired a certain cachet as retro style over the years. (This cachet has not yet translated to jerseys sold, as mustard and yellow have not become cool colors in any era.) They currently sport a subdued color set of navy blue, ocean blue, and "sand" (light gold).
The Padres' only NL pennants came in 1984 and 1998, with division titles and NLDS appearances in 1996 and 2005. In both their pennant years, they were unlucky enough to meet all-time great American League champions in the World Series, and got crushed.
The Padres are famous in sabermetrics history for being the unwitting victim of Bill James. The Padres team essay came last in the 1988 Baseball Abstract, and by Bill's own admission he didn't know a damn thing about the Padres, so he used the essay as a springboard for a "Bill James Primer" of what he had learned in 12 years of publishing abstracts.
- Official Site (padres.com)
- San Diego Union-Tribune
- North County Times
- CBS Sportsline
- ESPN Clubhouse
- Fox Sports
- USA Today
- Abstracts From The Abstracts - Rich Lederer's review of the 1988 Abstract