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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. This was the Padres' first winning season in franchise history.

1978 San Diego Padres
Major League affiliations
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Other information
Owner(s)Ray Kroc
General manager(s)Bob Fontaine
Manager(s)Roger Craig
Local televisionXETV
(Jerry Gross, Al Schuff)
Local radioKOGO
(Jerry Coleman, Bob Chandler)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

In 1978, the Padres achieved their first winning season in team history, finishing 84-78 (.519), 6 games over .500. On June 9, 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 4. 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 lineupEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 54–27 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 92 69 0.571 49–31 43–38
San Francisco Giants 89 73 0.549 6 50–31 39–42
San Diego Padres 84 78 0.519 11 50–31 34–47
Houston Astros 74 88 0.457 21 50–31 24–57
Atlanta Braves 69 93 0.426 26 39–42 30–51

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1978 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 6–12 8–10 5–13 5–7 6–6 8–4 2–10 8–10 11–7 5–7
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 4–8 7–11 11–7 4–14 7–11 7–5 4–8 15–3
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 11–7 9–9 8–4 7–5 7–5 4–7 9–9 12–6 8–4
Houston 10–8 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–6 7–5 6–6 4–8 8–10 6–12 7–5
Los Angeles 13–5 8–4 9–9 11–7 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 9–9 11–7 5–7
Montreal 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 4–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–6 5–7 9–9
New York 6–6 7–11 5–7 5–7 5–7 10–8 6–12 7–11 5–7 3–9 7–11
Philadelphia 4-8 14–4 5–7 6–6 5–7 9–9 12–6 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8
Pittsburgh 10–2 11–7 7–4 8–4 5–7 11–7 11–7 7–11 5–7 4–8 9–9
San Diego 10–8 5–7 9–9 10–8 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 7–5 8–10 9–3
San Francisco 7–11 8–4 6–12 12–6 7–11 7–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 10–8 9–3
St. Louis 7–5 3–15 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–9 11–7 8–10 9–9 3–9 3–9


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1978 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Rick Sweet 88 226 50 .221 1 11
2B Fernando González 101 320 80 .250 2 29
CF Dave Winfield 158 587 181 .308 24 97
RF Oscar Gamble 126 375 103 .275 7 47

Other battersEdit

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
Broderick Perkins 62 217 52 .240 2 33
George Hendrick 36 111 27 .243 3 8
Dave Roberts 54 97 21 .216 1 7
Barry Evans 24 90 24 .267 0 4
Mike Champion 32 53 12 .226 0 4
Bob Davis 19 40 8 .200 0 2
Tony Castillo 5 8 1 .125 0 1

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gaylord Perry 37 260.2 21 6 2.73 154
Eric Rasmussen 27 146.1 12 10 4.06 59

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Shirley 50 166 8 11 3.69 102
Dave Freisleben 12 26.2 0 3 6.08 16
Mark Wiley 4 7.2 1 0 5.87 1

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rollie Fingers 67 6 13 37 2.52 72
Mark Lee 56 5 1 2 3.28 31
John D'Acquisto 45 4 3 10 2.13 104
Mickey Lolich 20 2 1 1 1.56 13
Dan Spillner 17 1 0 0 4.56 16
Dennis Kinney 7 0 1 0 6.43 2
Dave Wehrmeister 4 1 0 0 6.14 2
Juan Eichelberger 3 0 0 0 10.80 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit