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Padres on pace to finish as 29th greatest team in franchise history

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May 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres mascot The Swingin Friar wears retro clothing as part of retro night before a game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
May 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres mascot The Swingin Friar wears retro clothing as part of retro night before a game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

When things were going really bad for the Padres at the end of June they were behind the pace of the1969 Padres who were the worst team in franchise history. With no real pennant race for the 2012ers and the threat of a one hundred loss season I thought it'd be interesting to follow the race between two terrible teams.

Well as it turns out it's really hard to be as terrible as the 69ers. At this point in the season they were in the midst of a 4-24 stretch. Now those are some dog days.

The 2012ers have picked up 13 games on them. This is a much better team than the one that took the field in June. They're winning games against lesser teams and losing to better teams. That's the way it should be.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
2012 San Diego Padres 48 64 .429 0 Won 3
1969 San Diego Padres 35 77 .313 13 Lost 2

(updated 8.8.2012 at 9:01 AM PDT)



Right now their winning percentage is sandwiched between the 1975 team and the 1977 team. That's good for 29th place if they hold the pace.

Rk Year Tm G W L Ties W-L% Finish Top Player Managers
27 2011 San Diego Padres 162 71 91 0 .438 5th of 5 C.Maybin (4.3) Buddy Black (71-91)
28 1975 San Diego Padres 162 71 91 0 .438 4th of 6 R.Jones (7.3) John McNamara (71-91)
29 2012 San Diego Padres 112 48 64 0 .429 4th of 5 C.Headley (3.5) Buddy Black (48-64)
30 1977 San Diego Padres 162 69 93 0 .426 5th of 6 G.Hendrick (5.6) John McNamara (20-28), Bob Skinner (1-0) and Al Dark (48-65)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2012.