Walla Walla Padres
|Walla Walla Padres
Walla Walla, Washington
|Previous||Short-season A (1973–1982)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Northwest League (1973–1982)
Northwest League (1969–1972)
Western Tri-State League (1912–1914)
|Major league affiliations|
|Previous||San Diego Padres (1973–1982)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1973, 1976|
|Division titles||1973*, 1976, 1979|
|Walla Walla Padres (1973–1982)|
The Walla Walla Padres were a minor league baseball team in the northwest United States, located in Walla Walla, Washington. They were members of the short-season Class A Northwest League for ten years, from 1973 through 1982. The Padres played at Borleske Stadium and were an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
The team relocated back to the Tri-Cities after the 1982 season and became the Triplets, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers; the San Diego Padres moved their affiliation to Spokane, which had just lost its Triple-A team to Las Vegas. The independent Blue Mountain Bears were the NWL team in Walla Walla for a season in 1983.
In 1972, the Bend Rainbows relocated to Walla Walla and became the Walla Walla Islanders, an affiliate of the Triple-A Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League, whose parent club was the San Diego Padres. The Padres also had a team in the NWL, the Tri-City Padres in Kennewick, Washington. The teams merged operations prior to the 1973 season and became the Walla Walla Padres.
The Tri-City team became an independent for two seasons, known as the Triplets (1973) and the Ports (1974), and then folded.
Other future major leaguers included Joe McIntosh (1974–1975), Eric Show (1978), Ron Tingley (1977–1978), Bob Geren (1979–1980), Mark Parent (1979), Greg Booker (1981), John Kruk (1981), Jimmy Jones (1982), Gene Walter (1982), Ed O'Connell, and Mitch Williams (1982). Gene Walter (1982), Ed O'Connell, and Mitch Williams (1982). Geren and Parent both became managers with different teams (Geren with the Oakland A's of MLB and Parent with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League).
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Tony Gwynn – Walla Walla Padres, 1981; inducted in 2007
- Ozzie Smith – Walla Walla Padres, 1977; inducted in 2002
- Greg Booker (1981)
- Bob Geren (1979–1980)
- Jimmy Jones (1982)
- John Kruk (1981)
- Mark Parent (1979)
- Eric Show (1978)
- Ron Tingley (1977–1978)
- Gene Walter (1982)
- Mitch Williams (1982)
|1973||51–29||1st||Cliff Ditto||one division, no playoffs|
|1974||47–37||2nd East||Cliff Ditto|
|1975||48–31||2nd South||Cliff Ditto|
|1976||46–26||1st South||Cliff Ditto||defeated Portland Mavericks, 2-1 |
|1977||41–27||2nd North||Cliff Ditto|
|1978||45–24||2nd North||Cliff Ditto|
|1979||40–30||1st North||Curt Daniels||lost to Central Oregon Phillies, 1-2 |
|1980||35–34||3rd North||Curt Daniels|
|1981||29–41||3rd North||Bill Bryk|
|1982||32–38||3rd North||Jim Skalen|
- "Northwest League standings: final". Ellensburg Daily Record. September 1, 1973. p. 4.
- "Walla Walla wins NWL". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. September 7, 1976. p. 6C.
- "Phils brace for shot at NWL title". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. staff and wire reports. August 31, 1979. p. 13.
- Pritchett, John (September 1, 1979). "NWL season reduced to 3 games". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. 12.
- Welch, Bob (September 4, 1979). "Phillies win themselves a flag". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. 15.
- Stewart, Chuck (January 8, 1983). "Koentopp leading baseball back to Spokane". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 15.
- "Padres switch". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. September 14, 1972. p. 37.
- Walla Walla Padres year-by-year records, statistics and rosters at The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Reference – Walla Walla teams