The Padres have spent a lot of time in last place in the NL West

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A few days back I blogged about the Padres' last games in first place and I totaled up the number of games they spent in first place for each season.  From my tally they have spent 984 games total in first place out of their 7,166 regular season games since their first Opening Day in 1969.  That's roughly 14%.  In contrast the Padres have spent 2,439 games in last place in their division, which equates to 34% of the games.

The Padres have always been in the National League West since its creation in 1969.  If I researched this properly the division had 6 teams in it from 1969-1992.  For one year in 1993, they had 7 teams when the Colorado Rockies were welcomed into the league.  Then in 1994 when the National League Central was born, the NL West shrunk to 4 teams.  With the Arizona Diamondbacks coming on the scene in 1998 it grew to 5 teams where it remains today.

So with all that in mind I counted up all the games that the Padres spent in last place for each season for your consumption.  Feast on it.

Games in Last Place

Year

Last Game in Last

Game Date

Number of Games in Last Place

Rank at End of Season


1969

162

Oct-02

122

6

Last

1970

162

Oct-01

140

6

Last

1971

161

Sep-30

153

6

Last

1972

153

Oct-04

94

6

Last

1973

162

Oct-01

140

6

Last

1974

162

Oct-02

157

6

Last

1975




4


1976




5


1977

26

May-03

9

5


1978

28

May-11

3

4


1979

11

Apr-15

3

5


1980

163

Oct-05

89

6

Last

1981

110

Oct-04

92

6

Last

1982




4


1983

41

May-25

1

4


1984




1


1985




3


1986

157

Sep-29

29

4


1987

162

Oct-04

157

6

Last

1988

51

Jun-01

3

3


1989

39

May-14

2

2


1990




4


1991




3


1992




3


1993

162

Oct-03

21

7

Last

1994

117

Aug-11

115

4

Last

1995

125

Sep-11

41

3


1996

73

Jun-20

2

1


1997

162

Sep-28

118

4

Last

1998




1


1999

131

Aug-29

58

4


2000

162

Oct-01

137

5

Last

2001

85

Jul-05

51

4


2002

162

Sep-29

119

5

Last

2003

162

Sep-28

140

5

Last

2004

3

Apr-07

1

3


2005




1


2006

45

May-22

20

1


2007




3


2008

162

Sep-28

113

5

Last

2009

137

Sep-05

54

4


2010

10

Apr-16

3

2


2011

162

Sep-28

128

5

Last

2012

88

Jul-13

76

4


2013

136

Sep-01

48

3


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