San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders

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San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders, Fred McGriff
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12. player. 127. . 3 seasons - 84. San Diego Padres. Fred McGriff

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 12 (tied) – Fred McGriff

The “Crime Dog” arrived at San Diego via a trade with the Blue Jays for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter after the 1990 campaign.  Fred McGriff spent only two and a half years with the Padres, but he made the most of that time.

He led the majors with 35 homers in 1992 and added 37 more the following season. In half a season in 1994, he added 18 more. He also added 210 RBI in ’91 and ’92.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 84 HR
  • 256 RBI
  • .519 SLG
  • .906 OPS

In mid-July 1993, the Padres shipped McGriff to the Braves for a bag of peanuts. He continued his highly productive career for another 12 years before calling it quits after the 2004 season, just seven home runs short of 500.

. 7 seasons - 85 HR. San Diego Padres. Benito Santiago. 11. player. 127

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 11 – Benito Santiago

Benito Santiago burst upon the scene in 1987 with 18 home runs, 79 RBI, 21 steals, and a .300 average – as a catcher! He captured the NL Rookie of the Year and became a cornerstone for the Padres.

Unfortunately, Santiago never topped any of those numbers with the Padres, outside of 97 RBI in 1991. His batting average never again came close to .300. Still, he was an All-star selection four times with San Diego and won three Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. However, he was a consistent source of home runs, hitting double-digit dingers in all of his full seasons in Southern California.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 85 HR
  • 375 RBI
  • 62 Steals
  • .705 OPS

He left the Padres via free agency after the 1992 season and kicked around the league for 13 more years, playing for seven other teams. His biggest year was in 1996, when he enjoyed an outlier season, bashing 30 round-trippers and driving in 85 runs.

127. . 9 seasons - 87 HR. San Diego Padres. Chase Headley. 10. player

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 10 – Chase Headley

Chase Headley spent parts of nine seasons in San Diego, accumulating 3,780 plate appearances. He never hit more than 13 home runs in any season except for a considerable outlying effort in 2012.

Hedley bashed 31 dingers during that career-best season and drove in 115, 51 more than his next highest season. His BABIP was usually well over .300, but he did have some issues getting the ball into play, striking out more than 100 times in five of his six full seasons with the Padres, and 92 times in the other campaign.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 87 HR
  • 405 RBI
  • .344 OBP
  • 864 Strikeouts

The Padres shipped Headley to the Yankees during the 2014 season, for whom he produced similar numbers for three and a half more years. His slash line for the Padres is nearly identical to that of his career, so he was what he was, with one terrific career year thrown in.