The 2015 ballot for the Hall of Fame is flush - flush, I say - with Padres. Now it's just a matter of figuring out which ones get cars and cushy front office jobs with the team and baseball plazas at Petco Park named after them in exchange for having their likeness forever linked to the San Diego Padres in Hall of Fame immortality. Here is a sampling of the first balloters that have some reasonable chance of getting into the Hall of Fame as a Padre if they were in fact to get into the Hall of Fame.
Rich Aurilia - Aurilia played 51 games with the Padres in 2004, or put another way, 3% of his entire career. It is tempting to refer to Petco Park as the House That Aurilia Built, given his two home runs with the team and the fact that 2004 was the year that the park opened, but alas, that wouldn't make any sense. Still, having actually played for the Padres, he ranks as extremely likely that we could woo him away from going in as a San Francisco Giant. Also, the SF logo is very similar to the SD logo.
Tony Clark - Tony Clark has many things going for his run as a Padres representative in the Baseball Hall of Fame. First off, his name is Tony, which counts for a lot in this town. Second off he was raised in San Diego, having attended Christian High in El Cajon and also San Diego State University. Finally, he did play for the Padres in 2008. 70 games, or 4% of his entire career. His one home run while with the team ties him for last place on the club in home runs by players who have hit at least one home run for the Padres and though his best seasons were with Detroit (and a great year with Arizona), who from San Diego really wants to associate themselves with Detroit or Arizona? That's right. Nobody.
Carlos Delgado - While perhaps considered one of the favorites for the actual Hall of Fame, the chances that Carlos Delgado goes in as a Padre are relatively slim. Based on the fact that he played most of his years in Toronto and finished strong as a Met, there is actually a reasonable chance that Delgado doesn't realize that the San Diego Padres are a baseball team. I'm not sure why I put him here.
Cliff Floyd - Cliff Floyd completed his storied career with the Padres playing 10 games with the Padres out of 1,621 career games spanning 17 years. Being the last team that he played for, there is a very strong chance that the Padres could get him to wear an SD cap if the likelihood is high that he responds to any question posed of him with "F_ck it. Whatever".
Nomar Garciaparra - Nomar was once heavily discussed as being a player that the Padres might acquire at some point. Having played for the Dodgers, we can be reasonably sure that he knows of San Diego and prefers it to the hellish Los Angeles traffic he was subjected to towards the end of his career with the Dodgers. Does this make him a Padres Hall of Famer? Only time will tell.
Brian Giles - Brian Giles spent 7 years with the Padres and played 45% of all of his games with the team. While he never received the accolades with the Padres that he was becoming accustomed to with the Pirates, his numbers for the club, especially in hindsight, were much stronger than anybody gave him credit for. Giles was a home town product, having attended Granite Hills High in El Cajon, the part of San Diego that apparently just poops out baseball talent. Towards the end of his career, Giles plead "no contest" to a charge of misdemeanor battery against his girlfriend, which had been caught on tape. Nothing really happened to him back then in terms of suspension or penalty, which nowadays seems f_cking insane. While this may not be the type of representation the Padres want in the Hall of Fame, it's also probably not the type of representation the Pirates want either and, in the off chance that he makes it to the Hall of Fame, he would very likely go in as a Padre. Chances are high with this one, folks.
Gary Sheffield - In the alternate universe where the Padres Fire Sale of the 90s never happened, Gary Sheffield is the Padres HOF. Having started with career with Milwaukee, Sheffield came into the national spotlight with the Padres where he won the NL batting title, the Major League Player of the Year award, represented the Padres in the All-Star Game, and won the Silver Slugger. He also dazzled a wide eyed 16 year old Dex, having just learned how to operate a car and drive it through puberty, into believing that magic was possible. In that alternate universe, Sheffield went on to win four more Silver Sluggers with the Padres and represent the Friars at eight more All-Star Games. Based on magic and the belief that puberty isn't just body odor and hair, Gary Sheffield will enter the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre.