Much improved over 1981 and on their way to a World Series appearance in 1984, the 1982 Padres ended with a .500 record. Hall-of-Famer and longtime Padre Tony Gwynn made his debut on this team.
Terry Kennedy, the team's catcher, led the team in all of the triple crown categories. He was also one run scored behind the team leader and was ranked in the top 3 in OBP. Some consideration goes to one of the greatest baseball names ever, Sixto Lezcano and Garry Templeton.
Tim Lollar led the team in wins and strikeouts. Although there isn't really anyone close to Lollar for best pitcher, this team featured a bullpen full of pitchers with sub 3.00 ERA's. Most of that bullpen would become the starting rotation in 1984.
Rookie Card of the Year
Longtime Padre pitcher, Eric Show, who pitched with the Padres until 1990 has his rookie card in the 1982 Topps Traded set.
Most Interesting Non-Topps card
There were no cards of players in Padres uniforms in either the Donruss or Fleer set that wasn't in the Topps set. Luis DeLeon pitched exclusively for the Padres in 1982, but is shown on a Donruss card in a Cardinals uniform, so I will use that card here. Gary Lucas is listed as the closer on the checklist below, but that was because he led the team with 16 saves. DeLeon, could probably also be considered the Padres closer for '82, he finished more games and seemed to convert more opportunities (less losses), but only had 15 saves.