San Diego Padres - Baseball Hall of Fame

Dave Winfield (2001)

In 1969, Dave Winfield won an athletic scholarship to the University of Minnesota. He was an outstanding athlete there and after he graduated, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres. Prior to joining the Padres, Winfield was a pitcher but the Padres immediately placed him in right field, the position he played for most of his major league baseball career.

Winfield went from college baseball directly to the major leagues, bypassing minor league baseball. In 1973, his first season with the Padres, Winfield batted .277 with 39 hits in 56 games. By 1978, he had proven his worth to the Padres and they made him the team's captain.

Winfield played with the Padres through the 1980 season. During that time, he won two Gold Gloves (1979, 1980). He became a free agent after the 1980 season and he signed a 10-year, $23 million contract with the New York Yankees, making him the highest paid player in the major leagues at the time.

During his time with the Yankees (1981-1990), Winfield won five more Gold Gloves (1982-1985, 1987) for a total of seven and five Silver Slugger awards (1981-1985). In 1989, Winfield was out for the entire season with a back injury. The following season, after years of owner George Steinbrenner feuding with Winfield, the Yankees traded him to the Los Angeles Angels. He played in 112 games with the Angels and batted .275 with 18 doubles, 19 home runs, and 72 RBIs. Those numbers earned Winfield the American League Comeback Player of the Year award.

In December, 1991, at the age of 40, Winfield signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays to be their designated hitter for the 1992 season. He won his sixth Silver Slugger award for his hitting with the Blue Jays.

Winfield became a free agent again after the 1992 season and he signed with the Minnesota Twins. In the strike-shortened 1994 season, the Twins traded Winfield to the Cleveland Indians but he never had the chance to play with them that season due to the strike. However, he signed a new contract with them in October, 1994, and played in 46 games with the Indians in 1995, his last season in the major leagues.

Batting statistics for Winfield in 19 full seasons (1974-1988, 1990-1993) in the major leagues include:

  • 11 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 193 in 1984
  • 6 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 37 in 1988
  • 15 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 37 in 1982
  • 8 seasons with 100 or more RBIs, with a high of 118 in 1979
  • 4 seasons with over 20 stolen bases, with a high of 26 in 1976
  • 4 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .340 in 1984

Career fielding statistics for Winfield as an outfielder include:

  • 2,469 games played
  • 95 errors
  • 4,975 putouts
  • .982 fielding percentage

Career batting statistics for Winfield include:

  • 2,973 games played
  • 3,110 hits
  • 540 doubles
  • 465 home runs
  • 1,834 RBIs
  • 223 stolen bases
  • .283 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Dave Winfield
ESPN Sports - Dave Winfield
Baseball - Dave Winfield

Tony Gwynn (2007)

Before joining the San Diego Padres in 1982, Tony Gwynn played baseball in both high school and at San Diego State University, where he excelled in basketball as well as in baseball. His brother was also a major league baseball player, spending time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and, along with Tony, with the San Diego Padres from 1987 through 1996.

Gwynn started his professional baseball career in 1981 in the minor leagues. A year later, he played in 54 games with the Padres. He played in 83 games with San Diego in 1983, playing the rest of the season in the minor leagues. In 1984, his first full season in the major leagues, Gwynn batted .351 with 213 hits, 21 doubles, 10 triples, and 33 stolen bases in 158 games. That season he won his first of eight National League batting titles and his first of seven Silver Slugger awards.

In 1986, Gwynn won his second Silver Slugger award, batting .329 with 211 hits in 160 games. That year he also won his first Gold Glove award with a .989 fielding percentage, four errors, and 335 putouts, playing in right field. An excellent defensive player, Gwynn won four more Gold Gloves during his major league career (1987, 1989-1991). Career fielding statistics for Gwynn as a right fielder include:

  • 2,144 games played
  • 56 errors
  • 4,052 putouts
  • .987 fielding percentage

Gwynn won the National League batting title again in 1987, batting .370. He also won another Silver Slugger award and a second Gold Glove and he led the National League in hits with 218. He won the batting title six more times (1988, 1989, 1994-1997) and he won four more Silver Slugger awards (1989, 1994, 1995, 1997). Gwynn led the National League in hits seven times in his career (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997).

Gwynn had some of his best seasons in the last few years of his career, with a career high batting average of .394 in 1994 and career highs of 220 hits, 49 doubles, 17 home runs, and 119 RBIs in 1997, four years before he retired as a major league player. Gwynn played in just 36 games in 2000 and in 71 games in 2001, his last season in the major leagues.

After retiring as a major league player, Gwynn became the head baseball coach at his alma mater, San Diego State University. He has occasionally served as an analyst for ESPN.

Batting statistics for Gwynn in 16 full seasons (1984-1999) in the major leagues include:

  • 14 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 220 in 1997
  • 7 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 49 in 1997
  • 5 seasons with over 25 stolen bases, with a high of 56 in 1987
  • 16 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .394 in 1994

Career batting statistics for Gwynn include:

  • 2,440 games played
  • 3,141 hits
  • 543 doubles
  • 319 stolen bases
  • .338 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Tony Gwynn
ESPN Sports - Tony Gwynn
Baseball - Tony Gwynn