1988 San Diego Padres season

1988 San Diego Padres
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Joan Kroc
General manager(s) Jack McKeon
Manager(s) Larry Bowa, Jack McKeon
Local television KUSI-TV
SD Cable Sports Net
(Dave Campbell, Jerry Coleman, Bob Chandler, Ted Leitner)
Local radio KFMB (AM)
(Dave Campbell, Jerry Coleman)
(Gustavo Lopez, Mario Thomas Zapiain, Eduardo Ortega)
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The 1988 San Diego Padres season was the 20th season in franchise history. Tony Gwynn set a National League record by having the lowest batting average (.313) to win a batting title.[1]


Regular season

Team president Chub Feeney resigned after giving the finger to fans carrying a sign reading "SCRUB CHUB" on Fan Appreciation Night.[4]

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 9467 0.584 45–36 49–31
Cincinnati Reds 8774 0.540 7 45–35 42–39
San Diego Padres 8378 0.516 11 47–34 36–44
San Francisco Giants 8379 0.512 11½ 45–36 38–43
Houston Astros 8280 0.506 12½ 44–37 38–43
Atlanta Braves 54106 0.338 39½ 28–51 26–55

Record vs. opponents

1988 National League Records

Atlanta 5–75–135–134–144–84–86–65–58–105–133–9
Chicago 7–56–67–54–8–19–99–98–107–118–45–77–11
Cincinnati 13–56–69–97–115–74–79–37–510–811–76–6
Houston 13–55–79–99–96–65–78–48–46–127–116–6
Los Angeles 14–48–4–111–79–98–41–1011–16–67–1112–67–5
Montreal 8–49–97–56–64–86–129–9–18–104–87–513–5
New York 8–49–97–47–510–112–610–812–67–54–814–4
Philadelphia 6-610–83–94–81–119–9–18–107–114–77–56–12
Pittsburgh 5–511–75–74–86–610–86–1211–78–48–411–7
San Diego 10–84–88–1012–611–78–45–77–44–88–106–6
San Francisco 13–57–57–1111–76–125–78–45–74–810–87–5
St. Louis 9–311–76–66–65–75–134–1412–67–116–65–7

Notable transactions


1988 San Diego Padres
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
CBenito Santiago139492122.2481046
1BKeith Moreland143511131.256564
2BRoberto Alomar143545145.266941
SSGarry Templeton11036290.249336
3BChris Brown8024758.235219
LFCarmelo Martinez12136586.2361865
CFMarvell Wynne12833388.2641142
RFTony Gwynn133521163.313770

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mark Parent4111823.195615
Shawn Abner378315.18125
Rob Nelson7214.19013
Jerald Clark6153.20003
Bip Roberts593.33300


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andy Hawkins3321814113.3591
Ed Whitson3420513113.77118

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Greg W. Harris318201.5015

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Greg Booker342203.3943
Candy Sierra150105.7020

Award winners

  • Tony Gwynn, National League Batting Champion, .313

1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League Steve Smith
AA Wichita Pilots Texas League Pat Kelly
A Riverside Red Wave California League Tony Torchia
A Charleston Rainbows South Atlantic League Jack Krol
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Steve Lubratich
Rookie AZL Padres Arizona League Jaime Moreno

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Las Vegas, Riverside, Spokane[7]


  1. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.191, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. Rodney McCray at Baseball Reference
  3. Rich Gossage at Baseball Reference
  4. Wulf, Steve (April 5, 1989). "All My Padres". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  5. Andy Benes at Baseball Reference
  6. Candy Sierra at Baseball Reference
  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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