Clayton Richard

Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

The Clippers bolted for Los Angeles, and now the Chargers have followed more than 30 years later. The Padres are the lone major sports team left in San Diego, and the only Major League Baseball team that does not have to share its market with an NFL, NBA or NHL team.

Good for the Padres? Sure. 

Can the Padres leverage their status as San Diego sports monopolists into a powerhouse franchise? Probably not.

In Petco Park, the Padres boast the best ballpark in Southern California, with the adjacent Gaslamp Quarter and a convenient train and trolley system enabling fans to come early, stay late and have fun. 

San Diego is the

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