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Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 3:01 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

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.

Padres Retired No.'s
No. Player
6 Steve Garvey
19 Tony Gwynn
31 Dave Winfield
35 Randy Jones
51 Trevor Hoffman
"It's a guy's dream come true," Hoffman said (Hayes via Twitter). "It's hard to put this in perspective."

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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:16 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:06 am
 

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Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

No criticism here, Trevor Hoffman was the go to guy for shutting down the other team.  I am sure we all saw  him coming out to Hells Bells and what a sight that was.  You knew at that point the game was over for the other team. Hall of Fame for sure and what a standard for others to live up to.  I am a San Francisco Giants fan but have to say that Trevor Hoffman was a ballplayer, could care less what his uniform said, he was lights out and that is all that counts. 




Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

It is not a competition between Rivera and Hoffman.  They are two of the greatest who played at the same time but rarely against each other and they helped redfine the position with grace and dignity.  Both will be in Cooperstown and should be.

Great event at the park yesterday. It will be hard to top what the Pads did for the National Anthem in any retirement ceremony in the future for anyone on any team.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

*Rivera, right?  And I agree totally.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

What a class act! Best closer in baseball on some very mediocre Padres teams. If Rivers is on any other team, he is nowhere near 600 saves...



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