Ken Caminiti was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1996 as a member of the San Diego Padres. The third baseman was also named an All-Star three times. Caminiti spent 15 years in Major League Baseball, mostly with the Houston Astros and the Padres. His last season, in 2001, was split between the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. He is the Padres all-time leader in slugging percentage and OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).
After Caminiti retired, he admitted in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he had taken steroids during his MVP season. He also had a substance abuse problem with alcohol and cocaine, the latter of which would ultimately take his life in 2004.
Caminiti was born in Hanford in 1963. He left behind three daughters with his ex-wife, Nancy Smith.