No member of the San Diego Padres will ever wear number 51 again, as the team has retired the number of long-time closer Trevor Hoffman. There was a ceremony before Sunday's Marlins-Padres game honoring the likely future Hall of Famer. To even further honor Hoffman, the Padres started the game at 1:51 p.m. local time (Dan Hayes via Twitter).
Fittingly, Hoffman emerged from the bullpen to AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" (Dan Hayesvia Twitter), as was customary for years when Hoffman would enter the game. Back then he was wearing No. 51 and instilling fear in opposing hitters -- at least the fear of looking stupid when whiffing at his killer changeup -- this time around he was with his family and wearing a suit.
Hoffman was greeted by Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey and Randy Jones, the other four Padres with retired uniform numbers.
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Hoffman also thanked his family for being his "foundation." (PadsCast via Twitter)
At the end of the ceremony, the Padres presented Hoffman with a 1958 Cadillac convertible. (PadsCast)
Hoffman, 43, was with the Padres for 16 seasons, racking up 552 of his major-league record 601 career saves. He made six All-Star teams as a member of the Padres and was the closer for four San Diego playoff appearances, including the 1998 World Series team. He retired last year after two seasons with the Brewers, but his legacy is clearly as a Padre.
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