The ‘San Diego Padres’ (also known as the ‘Padres) is a professional American baseball team situated in San Diego, California. The team is part of the West Division, which plays in the National League (NL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). Since 2004, the Padres have been playing their home games at the Petco Park.
Established in the year 1969, the Padres was founded as one of the four new expansion teams in the MLB. Along with the Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals (formerly known as the Montreal Expos) and the Milwaukee Brewers (formerly known as the Seattle Pilots), the team joined the ranks in the Major League Baseball (MLB) under the ownership of C. Arnholt Smith.
The San Diego Padres were originally owned and managed by C. Arnholt Smith, who was known as one of the most prominent businessmen in San Diego and a previous owner of the PLC Padres, whose business interests included tuna fishing, banking, airlines, real estate and hotel.
The team went through several game losses during their early years, regardless of the fact that they also had enough guidance and a new playing field provided by their long-time baseball executives Eddie Leishman and Buzzie Bavasi. The team finished last during their first six seasons in the West Division of the National League (NL).
In the later years, the Padres showed good scores and several improvements in their games. In fact, they were able to get 5 West Division titles in the National League (NL) and advanced to the World Series twice in the years 1984 and 1994. One of the team’s most notable players during their early years was the first baseman and slugger Nate Colbert, who was just drafted by the Houston Astros.
For 24 years, the Padres used to have their spring training done at the Desert Sun Stadium, located in Yuma, Arizona. It was the team’s most convenient spring training stadium due to its short driving distance and direct highway route. Also, the team came in quick popularity after they had moved to train in Yuma, Arizona. In fact, many Padres fans would travel from San Diego to Yuma for their spring training games. In 1994, the team moved their spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex located in Peoria, Arizona.
In their MLB history, the Padres were also the first ones to acquire an annual military appreciation event dated back in the year 1996. After 4 years of consistently attending the appreciation event, the team started wearing a camouflage to give back the honor to the military. In the year 2008, the team began wearing camouflage jerseys for every Sunday home game and in 2011, they changed the camouflage design into a more modern digital design. These camouflage uniforms are also worn by the Padres players on Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
For the past spanning years of playing in the MLB, the team has had several players inducted in the Baseball Hall of Famers, including Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Willie McCovey, Rollie Fingers, ,Greg Maddux, Ozzie Smith and Rickey Henderson.