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The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball franchise based in San Diego, California. The Padres are a member of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s National League West division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won the NL pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times. As of 2013, they have had 13 winning seasons in franchise history. The Padres and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the only MLB teams in California to originate from California, while the Athletics are originally from Philadelphia (and moved to the state from Kansas City), and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from New York.
The Padres hold the unlucky distinction of being the only team in MLB yet to throw a no-hitter since their addition to the league in 1969.
In 1969, the Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), the Kansas City Royals, and the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers). Their original owner was C. Arnholt Smith, a prominent San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL Padres whose interests included banking, tuna fishing, hotels, real estate and an airline. Despite initial excitement, the guidance of longtime baseball executives, Eddie Leishman and Buzzie Bavasi as well as a new playing field, the team struggled; the Padres finished in last place in each of its first six seasons in the NL West, losing 100 games or more four times. One of the few bright spots on the team during the early years was first baseman and slugger Nate Colbert, an expansion draftee from the Houston Astros and still the Padres' career leader in home runs.
The team's fortunes gradually improved as they won 5 National League West titles and reached the World Series twice, in 1984 and in 1998 but lost both times. The Padres main draw during the 80s and 90s was Tony Gwynn, who won a number of league batting titles. They moved into their current stadium, Petco Park, in 2004.