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That Slugger Vaughn Greg Vaughn helped the Padres win two division titles and one NL penpennant with his power hitting. He was acquired late in the 1996 season in a trade d with h the h Milwaukee Ml k BrewBrew wers. He struggled mightily in 1997. 216 and he hit only 18 home runs. 272 average and a club-record 50 home runs. His 50th home run came in the final game of the regular season. It seemed to give the Padres a spark heading into their playoff series against the Houston Astros. Vaughn also homered in the playoff opener.
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The measure won easily. Less than two weeks after the Series ended, voters approved ANOTHER WORLD SERIES 33 CHAPTER 6 PETCO PARK AND BEYOND P adres fans felt good about their team despite the sweep by the Yankees. Within weeks, though, the front office began dismantling the team. Management wanted to save money while the new ballpark was built. Kevin Brown, Ken Caminiti, and Steve Finley left as free agents. Pitcher Joey Hamilton and left fielder Greg Vaughn were traded. The Padres remained at The 2001 season was both Qualcomm Stadium for five difficult and entertaining.