Before the Matt Kemp trade, Adrian Gonzalez had been the latest high-profile player to go from one team to the other — albeit with a stint with the Red Sox in between. He has the second-most home runs as Padres in team history and fourth-most RBIs. It is particularly intriguing that the four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover (three times as a Padre) now plays in Los Angeles since he is a San Diego native.
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The Professor finished off his Hall of Fame career playing for the two clubs between 2006 and 2008. After playing over 20 years with the Braves and the Cubs, a stint in San Diego was sandwiched between time in Los Angeles, where he retired following the 2008 season. He won Gold Gloves in 2007 with the Padres and a 2008 season split between the Padres and Dodgers.
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Chan Ho Park became the first South Korean-born player in major league history when he broke in with the Dodgers in 1994. Park spent the first eight seasons of his career as a Dodger. He was with the Padres in 2005 and 2006, during which time he picked up 11 of his 124 career wins — the most for an Asian-born pitcher in MLB history.
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Kevin Brown had one sparkling season with the Padres in 1998. His 2.38 ERA was second in the league to Greg Maddux and his 257 strikeouts were a career high. He also led the Padres to the World Series a year after doing the same with the Marlins. That offseason he signed the first $100 million contract in baseball history to play for the Dodgers. He would play five seasons in Los Angeles leading the league with a 2.58 ERA in 2000.
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Gary Sheffield was an All-Star with the Padres in 1992 and 1993 and finished third in the MVP voting in 1992, batting a career high .330. He was traded to the Marlins midway through the 1993 season for Trevor Hoffman. He played 1998-2001 with the Dodgers, hitting a career-high 43 home runs with the team in 2000.
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Although Valenzuela is best known for “Fernandomania” in 1981 when he was named the Opening Day starter as a rookie with the Dodgers, and then leading the team to the World Series that year, Fernando actually spent two-plus seasons at the end of his career in San Diego. He won 141 games as a Dodger and 23 with the Padres from 1995-1997.
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Johnny Podres is best known for pitching a shutout in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series to clinch the first and only championship for the Dodgers in Brooklyn. Less well known is that fact that Podres pitched the last season of his career with the Padres in the team’s inaugural 1969 season. He later went on to be a pitching coach for the expansion franchise.
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The most famous to have played for both teams was Steve Garvey. After 14 outstanding seasons with the Dodgers that included eight straight All-Star seasons 1974-1981, an MVP award in 1974 and a World Series championship in 1981, Garvey was signed by the Padres following the 1982 season. It was with the Padres that Garvey broke the National League record for most consecutive games played, ending the streak at 1207 games. Led by Garvey — the NLCS MVP in 1984 — the Padres made it to their first World Series.