Fun-Time Baseball Hall: Your First-Ballot Padres

And, now, somewhat belatedly but without further adieu, introducing the newest members of the Fun-Time Baseball Hall. Per our rules (see bottom of post at the link in the next paragraph) four from the San Diego Padres are first-ballot inductees.

But wait! A caveat to the rules is that first-ballot inductees must garner at least 50% of the votes. Thus, just three Padres will be inducted in Year One. Oh, sorrowful Padres.

But wait, again!

You said no further adieu!

Hold on. Just a wee bit of adieu. If you haven't done so, go vote now, please, for the Cleveland Indians in the poll after reviewing this post.

And now, the Fun Timers, Padres style - Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman and Mr. Dave Winfield! Editor's Note: Reminder that players must be away from designated franchise for three full seasons, thus the great seasons of Adrian Gonzalez and Jake Peavy (remember when he was so good?) were not under consideration.

Tony Gwynn (OF)

Gwynn played his entire 20-year career (1982-2001) for San Diego. Leads the Padres in career average, hits, runs, RBIs and stolen bases. He made his name as one of the most consistent contact hitters in the game's history. He hit .338 for his career and won eight National League batting titles.
Gwynn is, without a doubt, the face of the Padres franchise. 

Trevor Hoffman (RP)

Pitched for the Padres from 1993-2008. Pitched in 2009 and 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the first player to reach the 500- and 600-saves milestones, and was the all-time saves leader from 2006 until 2011, when Mariano Rivera surpassed him.

Dave Winfield (OF)

Played first eight seasons (1973-80) of a 22-year career with San Diego. Played for the Yankees (1981-88, 1990), Angels (1990-91), Blue Jays (1992), Twins (1993-94) and Indians (1995).
Winfield was the first player to enter Cooperstown wearing a Padres cap.       

The voting breakdown. Better luck next year, Randy, Nate and the Friars!

Nate Colbert  - 6 (27%)
Rollie Fingers - 8 (36%)
Steve Garvey - 4 (18%)
Tony Gwynn - 21 (95%)
Trevor Hoffman - 18 (81%)
Randy Jones - 9 (40%)
Ryan Klesko - 2 (9%)
Phil Nevin - 2 (9%)
Benito Santiago - 4 (18%)
Eric Show - 0 (0%)
Garry Templeton - 4 (18%)
Dave Winfield - 15 (68%)

And here are the other members of the Hall, so far! I'll add the incoming Padres here soon.

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