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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Matt Kemp: Padre Legend


Matt Kemp is a San Diego Padres legend.

Since their inaugural season in 1969, the Padres have never had a player hit for the cycle (hitting a home run, triple, double, and single in the same game).  There are 361 players who came up a hit shy of the cycle, and of those, 258 times, the hit that they were missing wast that elusive triple.

Silly anomalies like hitting for the cycle are really not important in the grand scheme of things.  Hitting for a couple of home runs and a few extra base hits are statistically better and probably help your team win more.

But never having done it was tough for Padres fans.  Seriously, the Rangers have already done it twice this year.

The Padres will still be considered cursed until they can throw that elusive no hitter (they are the only MLB team who hasn't done it), but at least they've left the Marlins in the dust (the last remaining team without a cycle).

I was probably definitely exaggerating Kemps status in Padres history, but Steve Garvey had his number retired as a Padre for a fairly regular career, the caveat being that he hit the biggest home run in Padres post-season history.

A former Dodger who came to San Diego, was past his prime, and will mostly be known for one night in a Padre uniform?

Sounds familiar to me (although here's hoping that last night wasn't Kemp's pinnacle as a Padre).


3 comments:

  1. The season is saved!!! Celebrate good times, come on!

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  2. Where would the Padres be without the Dodgers?

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  3. night owl is right. in a few years, the padres will acquire kershaw and he'll finally end the no-hitter curse.

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