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:
|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: