SAN DIEGO – With the All-Star Game coming to San Diego for just the third time ever, FOX 5 thought it would be appropriate to look at the top five All-Stars from San Diego.
The criteria: they had to play in at least five All-Star games, attend high school here in San Diego or play at least five seasons for the Padres. Whittling down the list wasn’t easy, but Sports Anchor Troy Hirsch managed to pick out the top five.
To figure out the top five San Diego All-Stars of all time, look no further than the numbers retired by the Padres.
No. 51 belongs to Trevor Hoffman. The all-time National League leader in saves represented the Padres on seven All-Star teams, throwing 6 1/3 innings and striking out five. Shockingly, he never recorded a save in any All-Star Game, but did take one loss.
Steve Garvey played his final five seasons with the Padres, and made two of his 10 All-Star teams while wearing the brown and yellow uniforms in 1984 and 1985, starting both of those games at first base. Garvey posted a .393 batting average in the Mid-Summer Classic, with two home runs and seven RBIs.
Dave Winfield played his first eight major league seasons with the Padres, where he made the first four of his 12 straight Mid-Summer Classics. The hall of fame outfielder batted .361 with seven doubles and five RBIs. Winfield hit 465 home runs in his career, but not one in an All-Star Game.
Mr. Padre – Tony Gwynn – made 16 All-Star Games and started 10 of them, both Padres records. The Hall of Famer with a lifetime .338 batting average hit just .241 in the Mid-Summer Classic, but did drive in four runs, score four runs and steal two bases.
And the top San Diego All-Star of all-time – and the only one who didn’t play for the Padres – is Hoover High School graduate Ted Williams. The Boston Red Sox outfielder played in 18 All-Star Games, starting 12. The “Splendid Splinter” ranks first all-time in All-Star Game RBIs with 12, tied for second in home runs with four, ranks third all-time in runs scored with 10, and tied for third in hits with 14.
The Padres will host the 87th MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park on July 12. You can watch the pre-game special on FOX 5 beginning at 2 p.m. followed by the game at 4:30 p.m.