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.
As the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres prepare to wrap-up their 3 game series tonight, I thought it would be fun to springboard off of Son of a Duck’s post on Friday morning and examine the players who have spent time in both a Padres and Blue Jays uniform. There are some obvious names (and we’ll get to those) that will come to mind – names seared into our collective memory. But let’s not forget Ricky Henderson and Dave Winfield who spent time in Toronto and San Diego as well.
Using Baseball-Reference.com’s multi-franchise tool I discovered that there are 58 players who have played for both the Padres and Blue Jays, 29 of whom were pitchers.
Let’s start with the current players. Justin Germano, the Padres’ 13th round pick in 2000, managed 2 IP before being optioned back to AAA (It should be noted that 2013 Padre Thad Weber is also with the AAA affiliate for the Blue Jays). Former Padres catcher Hank White is also in Toronto where he’s used sparingly – such is the plight of 41 year-old catchers.
What about players from the recent past?