1978 San Diego Padres season
The 1978 San Diego Padres season was the tenth in franchise history. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a record of 84-78, 11 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- November 29, 1977: Oscar Gamble was signed as a free agent by the Padres.
- January 10, 1978: Mike Martin was drafted by the Padres in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft secondary phase.
- January 25, 1978: Dave Tomlin was traded along with $125,000 by the Padres to the Texas Rangers for Gaylord Perry.
- February 2, 1978: Mickey Lolich was signed as a free agent by the Padres.
In 1978, the Padres achieved their first winning season in team history, finishing 84-78 (.519), 6 games over .500. On June 9th, the one-third point of the season, the team stood at 23-31 (.426). The last two-thirds of the season, they went 61-47 (.565), which included a 10 game winning streak from July 25 to August 4th. The Padres were also extremely impressive at home that season, going 51-30 (.617).
Notable contributing players:
Gaylord Perry became the 2nd Padre in 3 seasons to win the National League Cy Young Award, leading the league in wins (21) and Winning Pct (.778). Rollie Fingers won the leagues Rolaids Relief Award, leading the league in saves (37). As for position players, OF Dave Winfield lead the team with his best offensive season to date (.308, 24 HR, 97 RBI, 21 SB, 151 OPS+). SS Ozzie Smith finished 2nd in the National League Rookie of the Year voting (40 SB). Along with their notable contributions, all 4 players have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Along with the 1979 season, this is the only time in franchise history that the Padres had 4 future Hall-of-Famers on their roster.
Opening Day lineup
|Los Angeles Dodgers||95||67||--||.586|
|San Francisco Giants||89||73||6||.549|
|San Diego Padres||84||78||11||.519|
- May 26, 1978: George Hendrick was traded by the Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals for Eric Rasmussen.
- June 5, 1978: Steve Hamrick (minors) was traded by the Padres to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. The Royals completed the deal by sending Gary Lance to the Padres on September 29.
- June 6, 1978: 1978 Major League Baseball Draft
- June 14, 1978: Dan Spillner was traded by the Padres to the Cleveland Indians for Dennis Kinney.
|1978 San Diego Padres|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Sweet, RickRick Sweet||88||226||50||.221||1||11|
|2B||González, FernandoFernando González||101||320||80||.250||2||29|
|CF||Winfield, DaveDave Winfield||158||587||181||.308||24||97|
|RF||Gamble, OscarOscar Gamble||126||375||103||.275||7||47|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Perkins, BroderickBroderick Perkins||62||217||52||.240||2||33|
|Hendrick, GeorgeGeorge Hendrick||36||111||27||.243||3||8|
|Roberts, DaveDave Roberts||54||97||21||.216||1||7|
|Evans, BarryBarry Evans||24||90||24||.267||0||4|
|Champion, MikeMike Champion||32||53||12||.226||0||4|
|Davis, BobBob Davis||19||40||8||.200||0||2|
|Castillo, TonyTony Castillo||5||8||1||.125||0||1|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry||37||260.2||21||6||2.73||154|
|Rasmussen, EricEric Rasmussen||27||146.1||12||10||4.06||59|
|Shirley, BobBob Shirley||50||166||8||11||3.69||102|
|Freisleben, DaveDave Freisleben||12||26.2||0||3||6.08||16|
|Wiley, MarkMark Wiley||4||7.2||1||0||5.87||1|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers||67||6||13||37||2.52||72|
|Lee, MarkMark Lee||56||5||1||2||3.28||31|
|D'Acquisto, JohnJohn D'Acquisto||45||4||3||10||2.13||104|
|Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich||20||2||1||1||1.56||13|
|Spillner, DanDan Spillner||17||1||0||0||4.56||16|
|Kinney, DennisDennis Kinney||7||0||1||0||6.43||2|
|Wehrmeister, DaveDave Wehrmeister||4||1||0||0||6.14||2|
|Eichelberger, JuanJuan Eichelberger||3||0||0||0||10.80||2|
Awards and honors
- Gaylord Perry, Cy Young Award Winner
|AAA||Hawaii Islanders||Pacific Coast League||Dick Phillips|
|AA||Amarillo Gold Sox||Texas League||Glenn Ezell|
|A||Reno Silver Sox||California League||Eddie Watt|
|Short-Season A||Walla Walla Padres||Northwest League||Cliff Ditto|
- 1978 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Reference
- 1978 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Almanac