December 15, 1980

Randy Jones



Teams | Padres [1973-80] Mets [81-82]

How he was acquired | The Padres drafted Jones in the fifth round of the 1972 amateur draft.

How he was lost | The Padres traded Jones to the Mets for John Pacella and Jose Moreno on Dec. 15, 1980.

Pitches | 1. Sinker (mid-70s)  2. Slider  3. Curve  4. Fastball

Players most similar to | Clyde Wright

Career year [1975] 20-12, 2.24 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 56 walks in 285 innings, 18 complete games, six shutouts.

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NL Cy Young Award [1976]
Top three in Cy Young Award voting [1975-76]
Top 10 in MVP voting [1975-76]
Two-time All-Star [1975-76]
Led league in ERA [1975]
Led league in wins [1976]
Led league in innings pitched [1976]
Led league in complete games [1976]

The Randy Jones Library
Randy Jones | Josh Wilker, Cardboard Gods [July 15, 2008]
1976 Victory Leaders | Josh Wilker, Cardboard Gods [Sept. 29, 2006]

December 8, 1980

Gene Tenace


Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Athletics (1969-76), Padres (77-80), Cardinals (81-82), Pirates (83)

How he was acquired | The Padres signed Tenace on Dec. 14, 1976.
How he left | The Padres traded Tenace, Rollie Fingers and Bob Shirley to the Cardinals for Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Mike Phillips, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea on Dec. 8, 1980.

Player most similar to | Mickey Tettleton
Career year (1979) 20 home runs, 67 RBIs, .263 batting average, .403 on-base percentage, .445 slugging percentage, 105 walks.

RESUME
• All-Star team (1975)
• World Series MVP (1972)

LEAGUE LEADER
• walks (1974, 77)
• HBPs (1977)

Rollie Fingers



Teams | Athletics [1968-76] Padres [77-80] Brewers [81-82, 84-85]

How he was acquired | Fingers signed a five-year contract with the Padres on Dec. 14, 1976.

How he was lost | The Padres traded Fingers, Gene Tenace, Bob Shirley and Bob Green to the Cardinals for Terry Kennedy, Steve Swisher, Mike Phillips, John Littlefield, John Urrea, Kim Seaman and Al Olmsted on Dec. 8, 1980. Four days later, the Cardinals traded Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich to the Brewers for Larry Sorensen, Sixto Lezcano, David Green and Dave LaPoint.

Pitches | 1. Fastball  2. Slider  3. Forkball (developed 1979)

Players most similar to | Rich Gossage, Gene Garber

Career year [1981] 6-3, 1.04 ERA, 28 saves, 61 strikeouts and 13 walks in 78 innings

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Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame [1992]
AL MVP Award [1981]
Top 10 in MVP voting twice [1975, 81]
AL Cy Young Award [1981]
Top three in Cy Young Award voting twice [1975, 81]
Seven-time All-Star [1973-76, 78, 81-82]
World Series MVP [1974]
300th save [Aug. 21, 1982]
Led league in saves three times [1977-78, 81]
Holds record for World Series relief appearances [16]
Combined to pitch no-hitter with Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott and Paul Lindblad [Sept. 28, 1975]