Naturally, Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield top my list of the Top Five right fielders in Padres history. And if I were picking my all-time Padres lineup, both would be in it, with Winfield playing left.
But that's not how this exercise works.
So, No. 1 on my list of all-time Padres right fielders is clearly Gwynn. Winfield is second.
Of all the positions in Padres history, fewer players have been regulars in right than any other position. Over 47 seasons of Padres history, seven players account for 39 of the Opening Day starters in right field.
My top five right field list is rounded out by Brian Giles, Will Venable and Ollie Brown. Honorable mentions go to Chris Denorfia and Sixto Lezcano. Matt Kemp? No one in my top fives made it with just one season.
1. TONY GWYNN (1982-2001)
Where do you start? The late "Mr. Padre" won a record-tying eight National League batting titles and his career .338 batting average is the highest by any Major Leaguer since Ted Williams -- and the 22nd-highest in history. And that's just the start. Gwynn was selected to 16 All-Star Games and was voted by the fans into the starting lineup 12 times. Gwynn was the 17th player in Major League history to spend his entire career of 20 or more seasons with one team. He is the leader in almost every Padres statistical category.
A first-ballot Hall of Fame selection, Gwynn retired with the 17th-highest career hit total (3,141). Gwynn has eight of the top 10 single-season batting averages in Padres history. He is the all-time Padres leader in games player (2,440), at-bats (9,288), hits, batting average, runs scored (1,383), RBIs (1,138), doubles (543), triples (85), walks (790) and steals (319). He ranks second in on-base percentage (.388), fifth in homers (135), sixth in OPS (.847) and eighth in slugging percentage (.459).
Gwynn won seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award winner in 1999. Gwynn was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29, 2007.
2. DAVE WINFIELD (1973-1980)
The fourth overall pick of the Padres in the first round of the 1973 Draft, Winfield went directly from the University of Minnesota to the Major Leagues. The 6-foot-6 Winfield hit .284 with a .357 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging percentage in eight seasons with the Padres. Winfield was named to four All-Star teams as a Padre and was voted into the starting lineup in 1979, becoming the first Padres position player ever to start an All-Star Game.
Winfield was also the first Padre to win a Gold Glove Award and was a member of The Sporting News All-National League team in 1979. Winfield ranks second to Gwynn on the Padres' all-time list of RBIs (626) and runs scored (599) leaders. He ranks third among the Padres all-time leaders in hits (1,134), games (1,117), at-bats (3,997) and triples (39); fourth in home runs (154) and walks (463), and fifth in doubles (179).
His career batting average is the 10th-highest in Padres history, while his slugging percentage is seventh and his .821 OPS is eighth. Winfield had a higher WAR (31.9) with the Padres than he had (26.9) over one more season with the Yankees. He departed the Padres to sign as a free agent with the Yankees after the 1980 season.
3. BRIAN GILES (2003-09)
The product of Granite Hills High came home to the Padres on Aug. 26, 2003, in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Jason Bay and left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez. In six-plus seasons with the Padres, Giles hit .279 with a .380 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging percentage.
He spent 783 of his 833 games as a Padre in right field. He went 872-for-3,129 as a Padre, with 189 doubles, 29 triples and 83 homers for 415 RBIs and 470 runs scored. He drew 508 walks as a Padre against only 358 strikeouts. His walks rank second only to Gwynn in Padres history.
Giles ranks sixth on the Padres' career hits list. His 189 doubles is the third-highest total in franchise history, while he ranks fourth in runs scored and ninth in RBIs. Giles also ranks sixth in on-base percentage and 10th in OPS (.815). He is tied for eighth in triples (25). He had a 6.4 WAR as a Padre. Giles retired as a Padre.
4. WILL VENABLE (2008-15)
Venable spent 445 of his 918 games as a Padre in right field, spending three seasons platooning with Chris Denorfia -- who made 266 starts in right while hitting .275 as a Padre.
A seventh-round pick out of Princeton in the 2005 Draft, Venable made his Major League debut in 2008. In eight seasons as a Padre, Venable hit .252 with a .316 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging percentage.
Venable had a 13.2 WAR as a Padre. Venable was 694-for-2,752, with 114 doubles, 39 triples, 81 homers and 130 steals. A strong defender in right or center, Venable had a breakout Padres MVP season in 2013, when he hit .268 with 22 homers, 53 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Venable was traded to the Texas Rangers last June 7 for pitcher John Edwards and catcher Marcus Greene.
5. OLLIE BROWN (1969-72)
The "original" Padre, Brown was the first player selected by the Padres in the Draft to stock the 1969 National League expansion team. Brown was the Opening Day right fielder in each of the Padres' first three seasons and played all but one of his 458 games as a Padre in right field.
Brown hit .272 as a Padre with 70 doubles, four triples and 52 homers. He had 208 RBIs and 194 runs scored as a Padre, with a .327 on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage. Brown had a 6.8 WAR as a Padre before being traded to the Oakland A's on May 17, 1972.
Brown had a rocket for an arm. Although he was the club's top draw going into the Padres' first Major League season, he was quickly supplanted by first baseman Nate Colbert as the Padres' first star. Denorfia had a higher WAR, 9.6, as a Padre, but played fewer games in right.