June 17, 2011
Padres to Honor Saves Leader
Naturally, Hoffman’s 51 hasn’t been worn by anyone since the closer last took the mound for the Friars in 2008…and it’ll be hung up for good after San Diego plays the Florida Marlins August 21.
The closer is, without a doubt, one of the most celebrated Padres of all-time. He was a six-time All-Star, finished second in the Cy Young Award voting twice and converted an amazing 89.3% of his save opportunities while with the team.
Of his Major League record 601 saves…552 came while with the club. Not bad for a guy originally drafted as a shortstop by the Cincinnati Reds.
The future Hall of Famer will be the fifth Padre to have his number retired, joining Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones and Dave Winfield.