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Will Venable's place in franchise history

A look at where the recently traded OF's Padres career compares to other former Padres.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It's a bit difficult to conceptualize what kind of mark Will Venable has left on the Padres franchise. He was with the San Diego club for a long time. He spent 8 years with the big league club and was with the organization for just over 10 years. Only players in franchise history appeared in more games than Venable's 918: Tony Gwynn (2440), Garry Templeton (1286), Dave Winfield (1117), Tim Flannery (972) and Gene Richards (939). Obviously Venable isn't in the same pantheon with Gwynn or Winfield who are superstars in franchise lore. Templeton is a cut above with his extra longevity, all star appearance and Silver Slugger. I think though I can feel comfortable putting him in the same tier with Flannery and Richards.

That of course is quite a different tier than guys who flashed stardom and went on to bigger things like a Robbie Alomar, Ozzie Smith or Gary Sheffield. And it's different than guys who were not with the club as long but were much more productive like a Ken Caminiti, Phil Nevin or Adrian Gonzalez. Or even guys who spent short, but memorable parts of their careers with the Friars like Wally Joyner, Craig Nettles or Mike Cameron.

Instead he's in the mix with the longtime workhorses of the Padres. I would put Eric Show and Bip Roberts in that group as well. Perhaps Craig Lefferts. And it might be a slightly higher tier above workhorse guys with less longevity like Joey Hamilton, Brian Lawrence, Clay Kirby, Carmelo Martinez, Cito Gaston, Johnny Grubb and former teammate Chris Denorfia. All are fairly anonymous names to non-Padres fans, but had a mark on the franchise for those that followed.

Here's where Venable left his marks statistically:

Category Rank Total Behind Ahead of
Triples 3rd 39 2. Gene Richards 63 t3. Dave Winfield 39
Games Played 6th 918 5. Gene Richards 939 6. Chase Headley 908
WAR 14th 13.3 13. Benito Santiago 14.1 15. Kevin McReynolds/Bip Roberts 12.4
SLG 18th .410 17. Ollie Brown .413 t18. Chase Headley .410
AB 13th 2752 12. Ryan Klesko 2818 14. Cito Gaston 2615
Runs 13th 370 12. Bip Roberts 378 14. Ken Caminiti 362
Hits 13th 694 12. Benito Santiago 758 14. Bip Roberts 673
Doubles 16th 114 15. Gene Richards 123 17. Carmelo Martinez 111
HR 15th 81 13. Steve Finley/Carmelo Martinez 82 16. Greg Vaughn 78
RBI 17th 304 15. Steve Garvey/Cito Gaston 316 18. Steve Finley 298
Strikeouts 3rd 722 2. Nate Colbert 722 4. Garry Templeton 684
Stolen Bases 8th 130 7. Dave Winfield 133 9. Enzo Hernandez 129
Hit By Pitch 9th 23 8. Tony Gwynn 24 10. Nate Colbert 22
Walks 17th 242 16. Fred McGriff 243 18. Jack Clark 236

We also always have this play, perhaps the greatest defensive play in Padres history: