Leitner on Twitter, in the Hall of Fame and in numbers

#LetLeitnerTweet

Don Norcross has an article up on UTSanDiego about Ted Leitner. The accompanying Twitter conversation surrounding the article brought on the #LetLeitnerTweet movement to get Teddy to join Twitter.

Getting Leitner to join Twitter seems like an almost impossible task. First how would he edit his thoughts to 140 characters? Second, Leitner just doesn't seem like the type to embrace any technology after the turn of the century. He'd probably be more apt to listen to a bowel movement than a Twitter movement.

If we're looking to start a campaign than I've got one for you.

Let Leitner into the Padres Hall of Fame

For decades Leitner has been, in my opinion, one of the most polarizing topics in Padres fandom. Though in recent years it seems that Padres fans have softened on their Teddy stance. Now seems the right time to petition the Padres to let him into their Hall of Fame in time for his 35th anniversary of broadcasting next year.

I met Leitner for the first time in 2011:

I told him that we're going to start a grassroots campaign to get him elected into the Padres Hall of Fame. I told him they should have given him the honor on his 30th anniversary, but not to worry because we'd take care of everything and he'd soon find himself among Padres immortals. He laughed and said he appreciated that.

Well I never got around to that grassroots effort, I got busy. Seriously though, for his 35th. Let's do this!

How many Padres games has Leitner broadcast?

No questioning Leitner's enthusiasm Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com

One thing that cannot be debated about Leitner is his enthusiasm for the job. The man has called more than 6,000 games during his Padres stay, but his enthusiasm sounds more like a rookie’s.

Now as you know I've been slicing and dicing data for the Gaslamp Ballmanac series recently so this stat jumped out at me. I knew right away that there's no way Leitner had worked more than 6,000 games. The Padres just played their 7000th game last September. Leitner started in 1980 a full decade after the team was born. He's missed games too due to other commitments, sickness, etc. You can probably add a few too for the handful of post season games.

Here's a count of his regular season games since 1980.

Year

# of Games

1980

163

1981

110

1982

162

1983

163

1984

162

1985

162

1986

162

1987

162

1988

161

1989

162

1990

162

1991

162

1992

162

1993

162

1994

117

1995

144

1996

162

1997

162

1998

162

1999

162

2000

162

2001

162

2002

162

2003

162

2004

162

2005

162

2006

162

2007

163

2008

162

2009

162

2010

162

2011

162

2012

162

2013

34

Total

5267

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