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.

Offseason

Regular season

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

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
Cincinnati Reds 92 69 2.5 .571
San Francisco Giants 89 73 6 .549
San Diego Padres 84 78 11 .519
Houston Astros 74 88 21 .457
Atlanta Braves 69 93 26 .426

Notable transactions

Roster

1978 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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 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

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
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

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
Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry 37 260.2 21 6 2.73 154
Rasmussen, EricEric Rasmussen 27 146.1 12 10 4.06 59

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
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

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
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

All-Stars

1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
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
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References

External links

  • 1978 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1978 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Almanac
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