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Padres to retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51

Jun 16, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

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It was always only a matter of time, but the Padres did set the date on Thursday: they’ll retire Trevor Hoffman‘s No. 51 on Aug. 21 after a game against the Marlins.

After spending his final two years in the majors with the Brewers, Hoffman retired over the winter and took a job as a special assistant to Padres club president and COO Tom Garfinkel.

Baseball’s all-time saves leader, Hoffman recorded 552 of his 601 career saves with the Padres.  He was traded from Florida to San Diego in his rookie season in 1993 and pitched for the club through 2008 before signing with the Brewers.  He had his best season in 1998, when he saved 53 games in 54 chances and finished with a 1.48 ERA.  He finished second in the NL Cy Young balloting that season and again in 2006.

Hoffman joins Steve Garvey (No. 6), Tony Gwynn (No. 19), Dave Winfield (No. 31) and Randy Jones (No. 35) in having his number retired by the Padres.

  1. mkd - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    The classy and right thing to do. Would that the Mariners would take note and retire Edgar’s number already.

  2. skerney - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Steve Garvey. Right, one of the all time great padres.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:05 PM


  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Congrats to Hoffman. Well deserved.

  4. pisano - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Steve Garvey? am I missing something? I could have sworn he did most of his damage with the Dodgers.

    • auldworld - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      You’re right, Garvey did do most of his damage with the Dodgers, but SD wouldn’t have won its first pennant (1984) without him. The Pads were probably a little trigger-happy with that particular jersey retirement, but 1984 meant a lot to the organization and city.

  5. trevorb06 - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    What a nice name… Trevor

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