City News Service
The Padres announced Thursday they will retire the No. 51, worn by former pitcher Trevor Hoffman, in a ceremony in August.
The event was scheduled for Aug. 21, following a day game against the Florida Marlins — the team on which Hoffman began his major league career. He was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a shortstop.
Hoffman, 43, holds the saves record with 601, of which 552 were compiled in 16 seasons with the Padres. He ended his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, announcing his retirement last winter.
"We are excited to honor Trevor for his tremendous playing career and thank him for his contributions to Major League Baseball and, specifically, the San Diego Padres,'' said Jeff Moorad, the Padres vice chairman and CEO. "He is an iconic figure in Padres history and is unquestionably deserving of a celebration to be remembered for years to come.''
Hoffman, who now works in the Padres front office as a special assistant to President Tom Garfinkel, was also notable for his charity work and for entering games to AC/DC's "Hell's Bells.''
The seven-time All-Star will be the fifth former Padre to have his number retired, joining Steve Garvey (6), Tony Gwynn (19), Dave Winfield (31) and Randy Jones (35).