Fernando Valenzuela, Tony Gwynn, and Ken Caminiti

Man… the 1996 Padres brought the heat. Hard to believe that the marketing stunt that was Fernando Valenzuela in a Padres uniform landed him on one of the covers of TV Guide. TV Guide put each playoff team’s three “best” players on the collectors magazines. Gwynn and Cami 100% deserved to be on the cover. But they chose Fernando over names like Trevor Hoffman, Rickey Henderson, and Wally Joyner. (Rickey and Wally didn’t deserve it either) The much more deserving player would have been Steve Finley, who hit .298, had 30 jacks, and 95 RBI.

Regardless, this is just here to get you pumped up for the Major League Baseball season. Opening day is upon us, lobsters…. let us rejoice.

-bp

[pic via 90feet]

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2 Responses to Fernando Valenzuela, Tony Gwynn, and Ken Caminiti

  1. Gil says:

    if you actually look it up and remember, Fern had a great year for the Padres in 1996. There was a point in the year where was the best pitcher for about 2-3 months.

  2. Bull Benn says:

    Not to mention Fin’s freaking man-style defensive play in the OF. I remember going to games that year and getting chills when The Hoff would come in to Hells Bells. Seriously one of my favorite memories from my teen years. Thanks for putting this up. Long Live T. Gwynn.

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