Showing posts with label Ozzie Smith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ozzie Smith. Show all posts

October 9, 2009

All-Time team: Tony, Ozzie and Trevor



The pennant-winning 1998 Padres lead the All-Time team with three selections: Kevin Brown, Greg Vaughn and Trevor Hoffman. The 1996 division winners and the 1978 team — the first with a winning record — had two each. The 1984 Padres, who lost to the Tigers in the World Series, were shut out.
— Kevin Brewer

Catcher | Terry Kennedy, 1982. 21 HRs, 97 RBIs, .295/.328/.486, 42 doubles

2. Gene Tenace, 1979

First base | Adrian Gonzalez, 2009. 40 HRs, 99 RBIs, .277/.407/.551, 119 walks

2. Adrian Gonzalez, 2010
3. Nate Colbert, 1972
4. Ryan Klesko, 2001
5. Fred McGriff, 1992

Second base | Mark Loretta, 2004. 16 HRs, 76 RBIs, .335 batting, .391 on-base, .495 slugging, 108 runs, 208 hits, 47 doubles

Third base | Ken Caminiti, 1996. 40 HRs, 130 RBIs, .326 batting, .408 on-base, .621 slugging, 109 runs

2. Gary Sheffield, 1992
3. Chase Headley, 2012
4. Phil Nevin, 2001



Shortstop | Ozzie Smith, 1978. 1 HR, 56 RBIs, .258 batting, .311 on-base, .312 slugging, 40 SBs, 28 sacrifice hits. Smith should have won Rookie of the Year instead of Bob Horner and the Gold Glove instead of Larry Bowa. The Padres traded Ozzie for Garry Templeton in 1981, and they still haven’t replaced him.

2. Khalil Greene, 2004
3. Khalil Greene, 2007

Left field | Greg Vaughn, 1998. 50 HRs, 119 RBIs, .272 batting, .363 on-base, .597 slugging, 112 runs

Center field | Steve Finley, 1996. 30 HRs, 95 RBIs, .298 batting, .354 on-base, .531 slugging, 126 runs, 45 doubles, 22 SBs

2. George Hendrick, 1977
3. Kevin McReynolds, 1984

Right field | Tony Gwynn, 1987. 7 HRs, 54 RBIs, .370 batting, .447 on-base, .511 slugging, 119 runs, 218 hits, 36 doubles, 13 triples, 56 SBs

2. Dave Winfield, 1979
3. Tony Gwynn, 1984
4. Tony Gwynn, 1997
5. Tony Gwynn, 1986

Pitchers | Kevin Brown and four Cy Young Award winners



1. Kevin Brown, 1998. 18-7, 2.38 ERA, 257 Ks and 49 walks in 257 innings. Should have won the Cy Young Award.

2. Randy Jones, 1975. 20-12, 2.24 ERA, 103 Ks and 56 walks in 285 innings. Should have won the Cy Young Award for this season, not 1976.

3. Jake Peavy, 2007. 19-6, 2.54 ERA, 240 Ks and 68 walks in 223.1 innings. He won Cy Young Award (unanimously) and the Triple Crown of Pitching.

4. Gaylord Perry, 1978. 21-6, 2.73 ERA, 154 Ks and 66 walks in 260.2 innings. He was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.

5. Dave Roberts, 1971. 14-17, 2.10 ERA, 135 Ks and 61 walks in 269.2 innings.

6. Randy Jones, 1976
7. Ed Whitson, 1990
8. Bruce Hurst, 1989
9. Ed Whitson, 1989
10. Jake Peavy, 2004

Right-handed reliever | Trevor Hoffman, 1998. 4-2, 1.48 ERA, 53 saves in 54 opportunities, 86 Ks and 21 walks in 73 innings. He converted 33 consecutive save opportunities and made AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” his entrance music.

Left-handed reliever | Mark Davis, 1989. 4-3, 1.85 ERA, 44 saves in 48 opportunities, 92 Ks and 31 walks in 92.2 innings. One of nine relievers to win the Cy Young Award.

April 7, 1978

Ozzie Smith



Ozzie Smith is the greatest fielding shortstop of all time, and he began establishing that claim in his four seasons in San Diego.

San Diego is where Smith made his greatest play — on a ground ball up the middle by Atlanta’s Jeff Burroughs, just 10 games into his rookie season. “He hit a ball back up the middle that everybody thought was going into center field,” Smith said. “I instinctively broke to my left and dove behind second. As I was in the air, the ball took a bad hop and caromed behind me, but I was able to catch it with my bare hand. I hit the ground, bounced back up and threw Burroughs out at first.”

San Diego is where Smith first performed his famous back flip, on the last day of the season in 1978, at the urging of Padres promotion director Andy Strasberg.

San Diego is where Smith should have beat out Bob Horner (who played just 89 games) for the Rookie of the Year award and Larry Bowa for the Gold Glove award.

San Diego is where Smith won the first two of his 13 Gold Glove awards, where he led the National League in defensive WAR in 1980 and set the single-season record for most assists by a shortstop (621).

San Diego is where Smith was first called “The Wizard of Oz,” by the Yuma (Ariz.) Daily Sun in a March 1981 feature story.

San Diego is where it all began for Ozzie Smith.
— Kevin Brewer



Player most similar to | Luis Aparicio
Career statistics | 28 HRs, 793 RBIs, .262/.337/.328, 580 SBs
Career year (1987) 0 HRs, 75 RBIs, .303/.392/.383, 43 SBs,
104 runs, 40 doubles

Teams | Padres (1978-81) Cardinals (82-96)

How he was acquired | Drafted by the Padres in the fourth round of the 1977 amateur draft.

How he was lost | Traded by the Padres with Steve Mura to the Cardinals for Garry Templeton and Sixto Lezcano on Dec. 10, 1981 — the worst trade in franchise history.

Resume
• Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame (2002)
• 15-time All-Star (1981-92, 94-96)
• 13 Gold Glove awards (1980-92)
• Top 10 in MVP voting (1987)
• 1985 NLCS MVP