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Thank You, #51

Today, Trevor Hoffman decided to retire, according to MLB.com. He was a class act on and off the field, and a great San Diego icon. Trevor had a Hall of Fame career, and was one of the best closers in MLB history. Whenever he entered to save a game, people knew. The “Hells Bells” song as he entered was one of the greatest moments in sports. Here is my tribute to #51.


1. Drafted by the Reds as a shortstop in the 1989 amateur draft

2. Switched to pitcher mid-year, because of a suggestion by single A manager Jim Lett.

3. Drafted by Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft

4. Traded to the Padres in a deal which involved Gary Sheffield going to Florida.

5. Took over at the closing role in the strike shortened season of ’94, recording 20 saves and having a 2.57 ERA.

6. In the 1995 off-season, he developed his changeup, which became his bread and butter pitch. 

7. In 1998, he recorded 53 saves and took his team to the World Series. The Padres lost that series to the Yankees. He finished 2nd in the CY Young voting that year.

8. In 2005, he recorded his 400th save in a game vs the Cardinals.

9. On September 24, he became the #1 saves leader in MLB history, in a 2-1 win over the Pirates.

10. On June 6th of 2007, he recorded save #500. 

11. The Padres decided not to pick up his $4 million dollar option. He signed a 1 year deal with the Brewers.

12. He had one of the best seasons of his career, putting up 37 saves with a 1.83 ERA.

13. He returned to the Brewers on another 1 year deal in 2010. 

14. Although having a tough year, he got save #600 on September 7, 2010.

15. He retired on January 11, 2011 with a career total of 601 saves.

Thank you, Trevor, for everything you have brought to the game of baseball.

Although his on the field accomplishments are over, he is expected to sign and have a front office job with the Padres.
A press conference is expected to happen tomorrow at PETCO Park at around 9 AM PT to officially announce his retirement.
Thank you, Trevor, for everything you brought to San Diego!

(photo’s courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com, photobucket.com, flikr.com, gaslampball.com, bleacherreport.com, youtube.com)

Interesting Ballclub

First of all, I’m sorry for not blogging for about a month. School’s been busy, I finished it last week, though. I will start blogging more, I promise.

This Padres ballclub is very interesting. They play more old-style baseball than the modern game. Their pitching is fantastic, and if they can get one more bat, one more power hitter, for example a Corey Hart, this team will be good. The reason they are winning right now is they are pitching well. If you are an ordinary fan, nothing strikes you or gets you worried about the Padres. So why are they a NL best 32-22? Timely hitting, good pitching, and good defense.
The Padres have a new hero every single night. It’s not just one man getting it done, it’s the entire group. Take this for example: Wednesday, against the Mets, the Padres were held scoreless through the first 8 innings. Tony Gwynn led off the 9th with a single, and then proceeded to steal 2nd base. Matt Stairs and Jerry Hairston then K’d, bringing up David Eckstein. He singled up the middle, driving in Tony to tie the game at 1 apiece. The Padres then won it in the 11th on an Adrian Gonzalez walk off grand slam. It’s really awesome, because you know that even if some hitters in your lineup are slumping, other guys can come through. 
Now to the pitching side of things: The Padres have 5 quality starters. Sure, they don’t have a #1 elite pitcher, but they have 5 guys that could be a #2. Wade LeBlanc, Jon Garland, Mat Latos, Kevin Correia, and Clayton Richard could all be #2’s on a lot of teams. Mat Latos, though, is going to be a #1 starter for the Padres for a long time. He has the stuff, and is growing a lot this season as a starting pitcher. Wade LeBlanc is coming into his own as well. He was dominant in his first couple starts of the season, then struggled in 2 straight starts. He rebounded and did not have a bad outing last time out against the Mets, throwing 5.1 innings of 2 run ball. Jon Garland is pitching very well, along with Clayton Richard. Kevin Correia had a tough 2 outings after the death of his brother, but then won his next start, although he didn’t pitch well, giving up 6 runs.
All of this said, one big bat could make a big difference for the Padres. I prefer they go after Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers, who is a right handed slugger that would be great in a lefty-filled lineup. The Brewers want pitching, and the Padres have an abundance of pitching, more than enough, so I think the Padres and Brewers could make a deal there.
The Padres lost game 1 to the Phillies yesterday, but today they’re back at it again. Jon Garland, who’s been stellar for the Padres this season, goes up against lefty Jamie Moyer. Should be a great game, first pitch is at 4:05 PM PT.
I hope everyone has a great and safe day today, God bless!
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Friars win 5-4, lose 10-5

So it is only spring training- but it’s always nice to get a W.The Padres did just that earlier today, defeating the Brew Crew 5-4. It was a split-squad day, and the 2nd game they lost 10-5 to the Indians.

In the win, Will Venable paced the Padres attack with a 3 run bomb in the first inning off starter Yovanii Gaiardo. Logan Forsythe also added to RBI’s. Mat Latos and Sean Gallagher both pitched 3 innings, giving up 1 run apeice.

In the 10-5 loss, Michael Collins, a young catcher for the Friars, went deep. Aaron Cunningham had a RBI, Denorfia had 1, and Salazar added 2 RBI’s as well. Wade LeBlanc went 3 innings, giving up 1 run. Aaron Poreda didn’t even record an out, giving up 7 runs, 6 earned.

Those are some highlights and lowlights to the games today. The Oklahoma City Thunder play tonight at 5 PM versus the New Orleans Hornets, it’ll be a good game. I can’t wait.

GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO THUNDER!!!!!!!!!!!