SAN DIEGO -- The 1984 Tigers and '98 Yankees are widely considered two of the greatest teams in baseball history. That fact is cause for some consternation among Padres fans.
Both of San Diego's National League pennants resulted in a trip to the World Series to face an all-time juggernaut. Perhaps in a different year, against a different opponent, the Padres might have taken home their first World Series.
Generally speaking, of course, that point is moot. The goal of any season is to be the best team in that given season. But it's fair to wonder how those two great Padres teams might stack up historically against great teams from different seasons and eras.
Wonder no more. Major League Baseball has unveiled an MLB Dream Bracket featuring 64 historically great teams who will take part in a simulated bracket of best-of-seven series. The competition is being produced by Out of the Park Baseball 21, MLB's most realistic strategy game (PC and Mac).
The 1984 and '98 Padres will be competing with two teams from all 30 franchises along with three legendary Negro Leagues teams and the ‘94 Montreal Expos. You can view the bracket in full here.
In the meantime, here's a look at the Padres' first-round matchups:
1984 Padres vs. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
Hall of Famers galore in this showdown. The 1984 Padres were led, of course, by Tony Gwynn in his breakout season. Goose Gossage anchored the bullpen, and former Dodger Steve Garvey played a key role in the middle of the order.
But those Padres face a tall task in round one. They're up against arguably the greatest Brooklyn team ever -- the team that broke the franchise's longstanding World Series drought. The '55 Dodgers are led by Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and Duke Snider.
The winner of the best-of-seven series will face the winner of the showdown between the 1969 Mets and the '97 Marlins.
1998 Padres vs. 2012 San Francisco Giants
Call it the Bruce Bochy Bowl.
Bochy, of course, is the managerial wins leader for both the Padres and the San Francisco Giants. These two seasons in particular were probably his best seasons with each of those two teams.
The 1998 Padres set a franchise record with 98 wins during the regular season, then they dispatched a pair of 100-plus win teams in the playoffs in Houston and Atlanta. Late-career Gwynn was joined in the middle of the order by Ken Caminiti and Greg Vaughn. Kevin Brown was the ace of the pitching staff, and closer Trevor Hoffman was at his Hall of Fame peak. That group is widely regarded as the best Padres team of all-time.
The 2012 Giants, meanwhile, won their second World Series in three seasons, led by Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain on the mound and Buster Posey behind the dish.
The winner of the series will face the winner of the series between the 1986 Mets and the 2018 Rockies. With the dream bracket split between the American and National Leagues -- who knows? -- maybe the Padres can play their way to a rematch with those Tigers or Yankees in the finals.