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The San Diego Padres

2017 | Written by David Brodeur

Perhaps the greatest asset the San Diego Padres have as an organization is a farm system that perennially produces top major league prospects who once established sign with other teams via free agency, leaving the Padres to rely on another prospect to step up as a replacement. This makes for some perilous play at times but also offers promise annually with the unknown factor that surrounds the team and 2017 figures to be no different. The team did go out and sign Wil Myers to a 6 year 83 million dollar free agent contract and they will be leaning on his power to put up runs a plenty this year. The free agent signing is somewhat out of character for the team's ownership but with the departure of the NFL's San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles, it makes the Padres the only game in town and putting fans in the seats has never been more important for the club.

Despite their being a last place team for several years running now, no matter what their record may be the Padres always give both the Dodgers and Giants a run for their money when they play each other and the San Diego Padres fans hold a special disliking for the Dodgers that will only be enhanced this season due to the city losing their football team to their neighbors up south!! One player who enters the season holding much intrigue is Christian Bethancourt who is being labeled the ultimate utility player. Coming from the Atlanta Braves this season as a catcher he can also play the outfield, three infield positions, pinch hit, DH and his latest position a bullpen pitcher. Last week in a split squad game he recorded three outs in 11 pitches, seven of which were strikes and registering between 93-95 mph on the jugs gun! Manager Andy Green was impressed by his showing but is making no decisions yet as to where he will be able to make the greatest contribution? The Padres best prospect for 2017 is Jabari Blash who only had 71 AB's last season with 34 strikeouts so there is still a big learning curve here. A few adjustments to his swing in spring training this year perhaps is the key to turning him into the slugging star the team is hoping for? Since he has made the change he is 5 for 5 with 3 HR's and 10 RBI's!! Obviously the number of AB's is practically nothing and does not make a successful season a certainty, but in San Diego it's the prospect of something great that carries this team's hope. Follow Blash and Bethancourt this season with the best tickets at the best price from Captain Ticket. 

SAN DIEGO PADRES HISTORY:

The Padres entered Major League Baseball in 1969 as one of four expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos, the Kansas City Royals, and the Seattle Pilots. The Padres started off in a bad way, being the worst team in baseball for its first few seasons. The Padres struggled a lot during the 1970’s. The team didn’t become a huge factor in the majors until the 1984 season in which they arrived to their first World Series. A team with all stars such as Steve Garvey, Goose Gossage, Eric Snow and Padres future Hall of Fam-er and franchise favorite Tony Gwynn, who batted an impressive .351 in this World Series season. While the Padres dominated in the playoffs against the Chicago Cubs, the Padres faced one of the greatest teams in baseball history. The Detroit Tigers! The Tigers had one of the most impressive offenses with Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammel, and hall of fame pitcher Jack Morris. They beat the Padres in five. Although the Padres made the 1984 World Series, they would be known as the worst franchises losing all star players such as Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff, John Kruk, Roberto Alomar Junior, and the great Ozzie Smith. The Padres would jump back into prominence in the 90’s, in which they reached a World Series in 1998. The Padres beat out an all star pitching rotation of the Atlanta Braves in six games. The Padres featured sluggers Ken Caminiti, Steve Finley, Wally Joyner, and Tony Gwynn. With pitchers Kevin Brown, Andy Ashby, and Mark Langston, the Padres had a great run. But failed to win the World Series against the New York Yankees in a slaughter! They Yanks swept the Padres in four. 

With two World Series arrivals and three playoff appearances, the Padres became a strong franchise in baseball. They clinched two more Division Titles in 2005 and 2006. They have had baseball greats wear their uniforms such as Steve Garvey, Kevin Bown, Jake Peavy, Dave Winfield, and of course the late great Tony Gwynn who tragically died in June of 2014. Tony Gwynn will always be the face of this franchise. As much as Magic Johnson is the face of the Lakers, Jordan as the face of the Bulls and Jeter as the face of the New York Yankees… Gwynn will always be a major part of baseball history! He had 15 All Star appearances, five gold gloves, seven silver slugger awards, eight batting titles and a career batting average of a staggering .338! Not bad for a chubby center fielder. Known as “Mr. Padre”, Gwynn stuck with one franchise his entire career. Through the thick and the thin, Gwynn never left. He may be gone, but his legacy will remain forever!

THE PADRES FAN EXPERIENCE:

The San Diego Padres call PETCO PARK home! And the historical landmark, which will host the 2016 All Star Game, is a great place to bring the family and your loved ones. Or maybe just bring the guys for some beer drinking and baseball. The team is filled with great history and is in a loaded National League West! Every N.L. West game is a rivalry. Rather it’s the Championship Giants, or the National League dominating Dodgers of Los Angeles. Fans of the west coast are very competitive! So come support your Padres as Dodger and Giants fans try to invade PETCO PARK. Fans will be lining up to catch the new look Padres will all stars Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. You’re sure to see a couple balls hit out of the field this coming season! Expectations are high, and when they’re high, fans are rushing to grab sold out tickets to check out one of baseball’s most anticipated teams, the San Diego Padres. 

SAN DIEGO PADRES FUN FACTS:

Bruch Bochey, who led the San Francisco Giants to three World Series wins, was the manager of the 1998 San Diego Padres who were swept in the Championship against the New York Yankees. While, Bochey lost his first with the Padres, his move up north to San Francisco, lead his N.L. West Giants to three series championships. 

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