San Diego Padres Tickets
Based in San Diego, California, the San Diego Padres are a professional American baseball team in the MLB. The team was founded in 1969 and is a member of the National League (NL) West Division. They are among the two teams that originated from California – the other one being the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In addition to that, the Padres are the only major professional franchise that is located in San Diego, since the relocation of the Chargers to Los Angeles in early 2017. If you want to see the Padres play this season, then get your San Diego Padres tickets here.
Over the years, the Padres or “the Pads” have won the NL pennant twice – in 1984 and then in 1998. In 1984, the team grabbed its first National League Championship, followed by another win in the 1998 season. The San Diego Padres have also won several National League Western Division Championships – 1984, 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006. In a short amount of time, the team has managed to create a massive impact on the sport of baseball with their strong, consistent performances. Up till 2015, the team had 14 winning seasons.
Logo and Mascot
The San Diego Padres’ logo has undergone several changes throughout the team’s history. One of the first designs used by the team was a friar swinging a bat, with Padres written on the top. This “Swinging Friar” has been on the team’s jersey ever since and now appears on the left sleeve. In 1985, the team went from a pictorial logo to an entirely text based logo with “Padres” written sloped upwards. The colors of the team were changed to brown and orange, and remained so through the 1990 season. In 1991, the blue color was introduced in the logo. Between 1991 and 2003, the logo was predominantly blue with orange shadows. It wasn’t until 2012 that the team revealed a brand new primary logo for the team. The cap logo was featured inside a blue circle, with the text “San Diego Padres – Baseball Club” written in the outer circle. The current color combination for the team is entirely navy blue and white, though recent years did see a surge in the use of yellow in the team colors.
The mascot for the San Diego Padres is currently the “Swinging Friar”. People in the past have sometimes confused the mascot of the Padres with The Famous Chicken.
Award Winning Padres
Over the past 6 decades, the San Diego Padres have had many talented players on their roster. Multiple prestigious awards have been won by players for the team. Ken Caminiti won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1996; Randy Jones, Gaylord Perry, Mark Davis and Jake Peavy have won the NL Cy Young Award; Butch Metzger and Benito Santiago have won the NL Rookie of the Year Award; Heath Bell has won the MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award; Rollie Fingers, Mark Davis, Trevor Hoffman and Heath Bell have won the NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award; Steve Garvey and Sterling Hitchcock have won the NL Championship Series (NLCS) MVP Award and so on. Other awards won by members of the San Diego Padres include the DHL Hometown Heroes Award, the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award, Topps All-Star Rookie teams, Branch Rickey Award and the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Manager of the Year.
The Hall of Famers at the San Diego Padres
In addition to the above awards, the team also has several Hall of Famers. These include names such as Roberto Alomar, Rollie Fingers, Tony Gwynn, Greg Maddux, Ozzie Smith, Mike Piazza, Dick Williams, Willie McCovey and several others.
The San Diego Hall of Champions
Other honors include several team officials in the Hall of Champions. These include names such as Buzzie Bavasi, Bob Skinner, Alan Trammell and Dave Roberts. In addition to these, several players are also in this list, including Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Tony Gwynn, David Wells and so on.
The team is full of highly talented players, coaches and management staff. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that San Diego Padres tickets often tend to sell out well in advance of the games.