As we continue our stretch without San Diego Padres baseball, we look at one of the less talked about sluggers in team history.
The Major League Baseball season has been shut down for 12 days now. As we have been doing we will try and tie that number into a bit of San Diego Padres history.
Today we’ll take a look at Ryan Klesko.
And the reason we’re looking at Klesko today is because he ranks 12th all-time in WAR for the Padres, according to Baseball Reference, and we are 12 days in without baseball.
It would have been better if his WAR was actually 12, but it’s even better at 15.9.
The California native spent seven seasons in San Diego after spending the first eight years of his big league career with the Atlanta Braves, where he won a World Series in 1995.
But in San Diego he slashed .279/.381/.491 with 133 home runs and 493 RBI in 828 games.
That home run total ranks sixth all-time in Padres’ history, and he’s top 15 in a lot of other offensive categories, including offensive WAR (3rd), batting average (14th), OBP (5th), SLG (5th), OPS (4th), games played (12th), runs (6th), hits (10th), doubles (6th), RBI (5th), and walks (3rd).
As you can see, Klesko is one of the best hitters in San Diego history, and I’m not sure he gets the love and respect he deserves for what he did in a Padres uniform.
He made his lone All-Star Game appearance as a member of the Padres during the 2001 season.
So on this 12th day without baseball, I’m glad we were able to go back and take a look at the great career of Ryan Klesko with the San Diego Padres.
That’s 25,000 more since the last update as more people are getting tested.
As a baseball fan, I certainly hope to see these numbers start to go down so hopefully we can get baseball back.
But as a concerned citizen, I want to see this number go down so people can get the treatment they need and we can be safe.
We’ll continue to keep you updated throughout this hiatus.
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