It seems to me, since I am not a huge follower of the Padres, the history of the San Diego Padres is a history of building up and tearing down a team constantly. During the offseason between 1980-1981 they lost Dave Winfield to free agency, traded away Rollie Fingers, Gene Tenace and Jerry Mumphrey all key players from the 1980 team. They also let go of 1976 Cy Young winner Randy Jones, although he was about done in 1980. I remember a few other periods were they seemed to build up a team and then trade them all away for pennies on the dollar.
Another time they did this was in 1993 when they traded away Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff within a month of each other and received Trevor Hoffman and bunch of guys that would be traded back and forth between Detroit and San Diego during the Randy Smith era in Detroit, where it seemed the Padres and Tigers were constantly making 11 player supertrades that seemed to solve nothing for either team. In 1999 they got rid of lot of players after playing in the 1998 World Series.
The players removed during the offseason between 1980-1981 really didn't hurt much. They were a losing team in 1980 anyway, and they did acquire some building blocks that would lead them to the World Series in 1984. Yesterday when I wrote about the Twins, I noted how long it took to build a World Series winning team. Well, the Padres only took 3 season to put together a team that would appear in a World Series. 1981 was a key year for them, as they brought up Eric Show and Alan Wiggins, and acquired Tim Lollar and Terry Kennedy in trades. These were the starting building blocks for the 1984 team. Of course in the 1981 draft, they picked Tony Gwynn.
The lone Hall-of-Famer on this team was Ozzie Smith, who would go onto make a name for himself in St. Louis. I always think it is odd to see him on a card in a Padres uniform. I can't think of another player that doesn't look as right playing in a uniform other than the one for the team he was noted for.
I am adding a link to San Diego Padre collectors blog...check out Padrographs.