This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

In Major League Baseball, it takes more than one skilled player to field a championship contender. It takes talent all over the field at a variety of positions, both in terms of pitchers and hitters. While having a star pitcher and a star hitter at the same time is no guarantee of success, it does put your team in a position to have the type of season that fans will talk about for generations.

While it’s not quite the same as the NBA, where one standout duo can take a team from the cellar to playoff contention, it’s not uncommon for an outstanding season from a pitcher and position player duo to add 20 wins or more, according to Baseball Reference’s wins above replacement player metric. The number is designed to illustrate the difference between a star player and the type of player that would be considered “replacement level”—that is, one who could be easily signed as a midseason free agent or called up from the minor leagues.

The following is a list of the top pitcher/position player duos in San Diego Padres history. Using wins above replacement, Stacker compiled a list of the seasons in franchise history that had a pitcher and hitter with the most combined value. Note that, for the purpose of capturing and examining the game’s “modern era”, only seasons after 1969 were used for this list.

#10. 2021 San Diego Padres
– Fernando Tatis Jr.: 6.6 WAR (#6 position player in 2021)
– Joe Musgrove: 3.6 WAR (#29 pitcher in 2021)
– Total: 10.2 WAR

#9. 1975 San Diego Padres
– Dave Winfield: 2.8 WAR (#79 position player in 1975)
– Randy Jones: 7.5 WAR (#6 pitcher in 1975)
– Total: 10.3 WAR

#8. 1987 San Diego Padres
– Tony Gwynn: 8.6 WAR (#1 position player in 1987)
– Eric Show: 1.8 WAR (#89 pitcher in 1987)
– Total: 10.4 WAR

#7. 2004 San Diego Padres
– Mark Loretta: 6 WAR (#13 position player in 2004)
– Jake Peavy: 4.9 WAR (#16 pitcher in 2004)
– Total: 10.9 WAR

#6. 1989 San Diego Padres
– Roberto Alomar: 4.5 WAR (#25 position player in 1989)
– Bruce Hurst: 6.5 WAR (#4 pitcher in 1989)
– Total: 11 WAR

#5. 1971 San Diego Padres
– Nate Colbert: 3.7 WAR (#47 position player in 1971)
– Dave Roberts: 7.5 WAR (#6 pitcher in 1971)
– Total: 11.2 WAR

#4. 1996 San Diego Padres
– Ken Caminiti: 7.6 WAR (#7 position player in 1996)
– Trevor Hoffman: 3.8 WAR (#27 pitcher in 1996)
– Total: 11.4 WAR

#3. 1979 San Diego Padres
– Dave Winfield: 8.3 WAR (#3 position player in 1979)
– Gaylord Perry: 3.2 WAR (#43 pitcher in 1979)
– Total: 11.5 WAR

#2. 1990 San Diego Padres
– Bip Roberts: 5.8 WAR (#10 position player in 1990)
– Ed Whitson: 7 WAR (#3 pitcher in 1990)
– Total: 12.8 WAR

#1. 1998 San Diego Padres
– Greg Vaughn: 6.3 WAR (#20 position player in 1998)
– Kevin Brown: 8.6 WAR (#1 pitcher in 1998)
– Total: 14.9 WAR