The San Diego Padres have not had a lot of great players to celebrate over the years.
Off the top of my head, I can only remember a handful of players that are embedded in my head as truly great.
One of those has passed.
Nate Colbert died at the age of 76 this week.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Benito Santiago, and Ken Caminiti were all players that saw on the diamond growing up.
These are the names fans remember as great San Diego Padres.
One player I only saw for a few years that I can remember is Nate Colbert, but that does not take away from his greatness.
I was still in diapers during the majority of his career, but I can still remember the tail end of his career, smacking home runs with the snap of his wrist.
In 1972, during a doubleheader, Colbert knocked five dingers and had 13 RBIs, a record setting performance at the time.
Padres Chairman Peter Seidler stated, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Padres Hall of Famer Nate Colbert. Our hearts go out to his wife, Kasey, and the entire Colbert family at this very difficult time."
The Padres also sent out a tweet to celebrate Colbert…
The Padres are deeply saddened by the passing of Padres Hall of Famer Nate Colbert. pic.twitter.com/MSjyS6gofz
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 6, 2023
In all, Colbert spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, playing for five teams.
In addition to the Padres, he played for the Astros, Tigers, Expos, and Athletics.
Colbert made the All-Star team three times, hit 173 home runs, 833 hits, 520 RBIs, and a lifetime .243 batting average.
Colbert was knocking them out of the park during a time when it was not so easy to knock them out of the park. He is a name not many remember, but those of us that were able to see him play, even for just a few years, were very lucky to have done so.
Rest in peace, Nate.
Source: Fox News