San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders

Joel Wagler
Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres - (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres - (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders, Ryan Klesko
Ryan Klesko of the San Diego Padres – (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images) /

San Diego Padres. Ryan Klesko. 6. player. 127. . 7 seasons, 133 HR

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 6 – Ryan Klesko

Ryan Klesko spent nearly half of his very productive career with the Padres. He hit 18 or more homers in five of his seven seasons in San Diego and produced his best three-year stretch in the brown and gold.

From 2000 through 2001, Klesko bashed 84 dingers and drove in 300 runs. His slash line was also impressive – .290/.388/.531/.919. One of the great things about Klesko is he wasn’t a slugger who struck out all that much. He had two seasons in Atlanta where his K totals spiked well over 100, but in San Diego, he never whiffed more than 89 times. He also walked at least 65 times in each of his full seasons.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 133 HR
  • 493 RBI
  • .279 BA
  • 470 Walks, 486 Strikeouts

Klesko finished up his career in 2006 with the Giants, but his time with the Padres proved he was a dependable, productive hitter who is among the best power hitters in franchise history.

San Diego Padres. Tony Gywnn. 5. player. 127. . 20 seasons, 135 HR

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 5 – Tony Gwynn

Tony Gywnn was a lot of things, and most of them great, but he was no power hitter. He made this list by longevity, but no one is complaining. In his outstanding career, spanning two decades, Gywnn only hit double-digit homers five times, topping out at 17 in 1990.

It doesn’t matter because he had just as many seasons with 200+ hits. He led the majors in batting average eight times. His career-low in OBP was .337, in his rookie season, in just 54 games. His next lowest was .364.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 135 HR
  • 3,141 Hits
  • .338 BA
  • 319 SB

One tremendous number should be highlighted when talking about Tony Gwynn’s stats – he only struck out 790 times in 20 years. He never stuck out more than 40 times in a season, and in a six-year stretch from 1991 through 1996, he never struck out more than 19 times. What a stud! We miss you, Tony!

4. player. 127. . 8 seasons, 154 HR. San Diego Padres. Dave Winfield

San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders: No. 4 – Dave Winfield

Big Dave Winfield wasn’t the kind of slugger we see in today’s game, but he was a power hitter for his era. From his first full year in 1974 through his final season in San Diego in 1980, Winfield averaged over 21 homers a year. The fewest he hit was 13 in 1976, and the most were 34 in 1979. In his mid-twenties, he became a premier run producer, averaging almost 99 RBI a season from 1977 through 1980, including a league-high 118 in 1979.

A true five-tool player, Winfield could do it all, from stealing bases to hitting for average to playing great defense.

Key Stats with the Padres

  • 154 HR
  • 626 RBI
  • 133 SB
  • .284 BA

Winfield left the Padres after the 1980 season, signing an almost unheard contract at the time of ten years, at $1.3 million for the first year and going up to $1.96 million in 1990. Overall, Winfield played in 12 All-star games and earned six Silver Sluggers and seven Gold Gloves on his way to Cooperstown.

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