Major league baseball team in San Diego, California. Member of the National League western division. Plays home games at Qualcomm Stadium (a name universally reviled by San Diegans, who still refer to it by its original name, Jack Murphy Stadium).

Started play in 1969, in the NL's second expansion of the modern era. When the Padres and the Montréal Expos were added, this made 12 teams in the league, necessitating the introduction of divisional play.