Seth Smith had a great season. Well, he had a great four months. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, a history lesson.

Fewer Hits Than Kajagoogoo

Formed in Leighton Buzzard in 1979… oh, wait, wrong history. You aren’t here to learn about the masterminds behind 1983’s “Too Shy.”

A Smiths reference would have worked better, but the world won’t listen.

Smith didn’t actually have fewer hits than Kajagoogoo, but he did have only 118, which tied him for 178th in franchise history for a single season. It also led the 2014 team. Here’s a partial list of Padres who had more in a season:

Player Year H OPS+
Ozzie Smith 1979 124 48
Enzo Hernández 1971 122 61
Enzo Hernández 1974 119 62
Dave Campbell 1970 127 65
Garry Templeton 1986 126 69

In the interest of hilarity, I’ve omitted several names and statistical categories. The point is, Smith led the team with fewer hits than some awful hitters.

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Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  168 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away somewhere or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Number one. Padres history is littered with players who wore it on their back. Most couldn’t hit much. The last, Cody Ransom, went 0-for-11 before being released in mid-April.

Ozzie Smith is in the Hall of Fame, although he never hit for the Padres. He and Enzo Hernández each had 83 sacrifice hits, most in franchise history, but those aren’t real hits. Calvin Schiraldi knocked more home runs in a Padres uniform than Smith did.

Jhoulys Chacin stands atop the Coors Field mound, carrying an 8-0 lead into the seventh inning. Between bouts of thunder, he fans the first two batters. The Rockies’ win expectancy is at 100 percent. The only drama consists in how wet the few diehards behind home plate will be by game’s end.

Most of the guys wearing number one were middle infielders–Garry Templeton wore it longer than anyone else. There were a few catchers–Bob Barton, Luke Carlin, Eddy Rodríguez. And a couple of outfielders–Johnny Grubb could hit, Drew Macias… well, I always liked him too much.

Now Jaff Decker, a first-round pick out of a Phoenix area high school like Ransom before him, dons the number. One of four 2008 first-rounders on the active roster (Yonder Alonso, Andrew Cashner, and Logan Forsythe are the others; a fifth, Casey Kelly, is on the disabled list), Decker seeks another number one, his first hit. Read More…

Friday night the Ted Williams (San Diego) Chapter of SABR hosted the Padres Memorable Moments event at the Scripps Ranch Library.  As you may remember from reading about it here and here, Bob Chandler was to call the memorable moments in the old-style of sound effects and ticker tape.

In the library auditorium a stage was set up. On the left was a desk with all the special effects Chandler would use – a pillow, bat, and wood block, an a microphone to broadcast the action. To the right, three sofa chairs were set up, where Chandler conducted interviews with participants in each event chronicled. Before the game started, Joe Rathburn warmed the crowd up with a medley of baseball songs, culminating with Centerfield (which happens to be a personal favorite).


Rathburn leading the ‘pregame’ (photo courtesy @Padres360)

Then the National Anthem was sung, and we were off.

Bob reprised nine events in Padres history (pictures and video):

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I might not be remembering actual events. I might be remembering my memory of events. Gene Tenace homered twice, and at some point I asked my father what quarter it was. My father used to take me to Chargers games when Dan Fouts would get booed and occasionally pulled for an aging James Harris, so football was what I knew.

I’ve gotten details of this story wrong in the past. I said several years ago that the game was in 1977 and later repeated my error in another interview. Tenace homered twice in a game on three different occasions that season. However, those came in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Montreal. Aside from a brief stop at the Pittsburgh airport on the way home from a trip to Toronto, I’ve never visited these cities. Read More…

Some teams dominate the All-Star roster, and some teams get a lone rep.  Some teams always send position players and perhaps a pitcher every now and then, some teams just send one or the other.  In recent years, San Diego has been in the latter category of both.

The last two seasons, the Padres have only sent one representative, a pitcher.  Since moving to Petco, the Padres have sent a pitcher every year but two.  In 2004 Mark Loretta made the club as a second baseman, and in 2008 Adrian Gonzalez represented.  Gonzalez’s 2008 appearance was also the last time a position player went.  As Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan detailed yesterday, the 2013 Padres pitching staff leaves a little to be desired, so it’s likely their only rep this year will be a position player.  And for that, there is one obvious choice.

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On Wednesday, the Padres collected 17 hits en route to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore. Collecting 17 or more hits in a game doesn’t guarantee success, but it helps. From 2008 to 2012, big-league teams did that 545 times, winning 91 percent of the time.

The Padres have knocked 17 or more hits 123 times in their history, going 105-18 in those games. And while 85 percent isn’t as sparkly as 91 percent, it’s still solid (MLB was at 86 percent in 2012).

They’ve done it twice this year and won both times. The Padres have won at least one game in which they collected 17 or more hits every year dating back to 1989. The only times they have played an entire season without winning at least one game that meet our criteria are 1971-1977 and 1988.

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Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%, wrote a piece on titled The New Springfield Nine. In it, Keri recasts, as it were, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team from the classic third season Simpsons episode, “Homer At The Bat.”

If you don’t recall what that episode was about, here’s the summary from IMDB:

Homer and his co-workers qualify the plant’s softball team for the league final, but Mr. Burns hires 9 professional MLB players to win a $1 million bet.


The nine MLB players Mr. Burns gets were Roger Clemens, Mike Scioscia, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr. and Darryl Strawberry, all of whom guest-starred as themselves.

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As I mentioned in my last couple of RJ’s Fro promotion posts (here and here), 2003 was probably the last solid year for Padres promotional schedules. With that said, why don’t we take a look at a couple of those giveaways!

But first, I was browsing the Padres store earlier and found this wood sign. No Offseason, eh? Sounds about right.


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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.

*All opinions are of those who are attributed to them. No opinion here should be construed to be that of the collective.

Padres Trail wrote an excellent post a couple of weeks ago regarding the most seminal Padres moment. His choice, a fine one, was Game 3 of the 1996 NLDS. If you haven’t read his post already, go check it out here.

This topic got a lot of us thinking “what are our seminal Padres moments?” It’s a somewhat complicated topic for a team with 0 World Series titles and only 2 appearances. But seminal doesn’t necessarily mean “great.” They are moments, for better or worse, that stay with you. An easy way to test what moments these would be for you? They are the first moments that come to mind when you think “Padres.”

Here, we’ve limited ourselves to picking 3 moments in total. Some good, some bad, all memorable.

So, presented for this week’s roundtable discussion, The Bar presents “Seminal Padres Moments.”

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