1974 San Diego Padres season

1974 San Diego Padres season

The 1974 San Diego Padres season was the sixth in franchise history. The team finished last in the National League West with a record of 60-102, 42 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Offseason

Regular season

In his first home game as the Padres' new owner in 1974, Ray Kroc grabbed the public address system microphone and apologized to fans for the poor performance of the team, saying, "I've never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life." At the same time, a streaker raced across the field, eluding security personnel. Kroc shouted, "Throw him in jail!"

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 -- .630
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 4 .605
Atlanta Braves 88 74 14 .543
Houston Astros 81 81 21 .500
San Francisco Giants 72 90 30 .444
San Diego Padres 60 102 42 .370

Notable transactions

Roster

1974 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Kendall, FredFred Kendall 141 424 98 .231 8 45
1B McCovey, WillieWillie McCovey 128 344 87 .253 22 63
2B Thomas, DerrelDerrel Thomas 141 523 129 .247 3 41
SS Hernández, EnzoEnzo Hernández 147 512 119 .232 0 34
LF Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 145 498 132 .265 20 75
CF Grubb, JohnnyJohnny Grubb 140 444 127 .286 8 42
RF Tolan, BobbyBobby Tolan 95 357 95 .266 8 40

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Colbert, NateNate Colbert 119 368 76 .207 14 54
Hilton, DaveDave Hilton 74 217 52 .240 1 12
Beckert, GlennGlenn Beckert 64 172 44 .256 0 7
Clarke, HoraceHorace Clarke 42 90 17 .189 0 4
Locklear, GeneGene Locklear 39 74 20 .270 1 3
Elliott, RandyRandy Elliott 13 33 7 .212 1 2
Williams, BernieBernie Williams 14 15 2 .133 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Greif, BillBill Greif 43 226 9 19 4.66 137
Freisleben, DaveDave Freisleben 33 211.2 9 14 3.66 130
Jones, RandyRandy Jones 40 208.1 8 22 4.45 124
Arlin, SteveSteve Arlin 16 64 1 7 5.91 18

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Palmer, LowellLowell Palmer 22 73 2 5 5.67 52

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hardy, LarryLarry Hardy 76 9 4 2 4.69 57
Romo, VicenteVicente Romo 54 5 5 9 4.56 26
Laxton, BillBill Laxton 30 0 1 0 4.03 40
Corkins, MikeMike Corkins 25 2 2 0 4.79 41
Gerhardt, RustyRusty Gerhardt 23 2 1 1 7.07 22
Johnson, MikeMike Johnson 18 0 2 0 4.64 15
Garcia, RalphRalph Garcia 8 0 0 0 6.10 9

Awards and honors

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League Roy Hartsfield
AA Alexandria Aces Texas League Jackie Brandt and Ken Bracey
Short-Season A Walla Walla Padres Northwest League Cliff Ditto
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References

External links

  • 1974 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1974 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Almanac