SAN DIEGO (Ticker) — Dave Winfield, who became the first Baseball Hall of Famer adorned with the cap of the San Diego Padres last summer, was named vice president of the team on Tuesday.
Padres president and CEO Bob Vizas made the announcement and said that Winfield’s responsibilities will include front office and on-field business, the review of existing practices, baseball operations, marketing, the new ballpark, player development, community relations and diversity issues.
One of only seven players to collect 3,000 hits and 400 home runs, Winfield was inducted on August 4, 2001, with former Minnesota Twins teammate Kirby Puckett.
Winfield, who never played in the minor leagues and was drafted by teams in four professional sports leagues, spent the first eight of his 22 major league seasons with the Padres and retired with 3,110 hits, 465 home runs, and 1,833 RBI. He drove in at least 100 runs eight times, including 108 at the age of 41, and was an All-Star every year from 1977-88.