According to Baseball Reference, of all the franchises founded before the 1990s, the San Diego Padres have the second lowest home run total of any of them with 4,976 through 6,609 games. The San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders include only seven hitters with 100 or more homers, though the team’s current first baseman is rapidly climbing the charts.
1. Nate Colbert: 163 home runs
The San Diego Padres all-time home run leader and a member of the franchise’s inaugural team is first baseman Nate Colbert. Colbert was the first star of the Padres as the team’s best hitter by a wide margin, hitting 24 home runs with a .804 OPS in 1969. Colbert reported his career high of 38 home runs twice, first in 1970 and again in 1972. He topped the 20 home run mark in each of his first five seasons in San Diego, making three All-Star appearances in that time.
2. Phil Nevin: 156 home runs
While playing all over the field in seven seasons with the organization, Phil Nevin hit enough home runs to place him second on the San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders list. Nevin spent 12 years in the Major Leagues with seven different teams, making his only All-Star appearance during his tenure in San Diego in 2001 when he hit a career best 41 home runs with 126 RBI. According to Baseball Reference, those 41 home runs remain good for the second highest total ever posted by a Padre.
3. Dave Winfield: 154 home runs
Dave Winfield spent his first eight seasons in San Diego from 1973 to 1980 and became one of the Padres all-time home run leaders. The Hall of Fame outfielder developed as a power-hitter in San Diego, slugging at least 20 home runs in each of his last four seasons there. In 1979, Winfield had the best season of his career as he hit 34 home runs and drove in a league-leading 118 RBI. After joining the American League, Winfield built his career home run tally up to 465.
4. Adrian Gonzalez: 153 home runs
Just five years into his tenure, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez already ranks among the San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders. As one of the few players to handle the Padres’ pitcher-friendly Petco Park, he has been among the National League’s top ten in home runs for three straight seasons. He is in the midst of a three-year streak of 30-plus home run seasons including a career high of 40 in the 2009 campaign.
5. Tony Gwynn: 135 home runs
One of the best pure hitters in baseball, outfielder Tony Gwynn ranks fifth among the San Diego Padres all-time home run leaders. Though he was never a power-hitter, Tony Gwynn spent enough time with the Padres to crack the team’s home run leader board. A member of the 3,000 hit club, Gwynn had five double-digit home run seasons in 20 years with the Padres, topping out at 17 in the 1997 season. After his rookie season in 1982, he never hit below .300 in any season.