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Padres by the numbers: Best players to wear Nos. 1-8

It hasn’t been the most remarkable history.

When a team has been to the playoffs just five times in 51 years and won only one of its nine World Series games, it is easier to let memories fade.

That’s what this by-the-number project counters.

It began — let’s be honest — as something to do. It turned into a highly rewarding and educational exercise.

The goal was to find the best player ever to wear each number for the Padres. As in, the best while wearing that number for the Padres, meaning Bip Roberts was the better No.