We have all known for over a decade that this was coming. Well…now it’s here.
Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader, future Hall of Famer and one of the greatest Padres in franchise history (both on and off the field) decided to hang ’em up following the 2010 season. On August 21, the Padres will pay tribute to Hoffy with a postgame ceremony. As part of the celebration, the club has plans to retire his iconic #51.
We can’t wait for it. It will truly be a must see for all of the Friar Faithful. Be sure to grab your tickets so you can share in the excitement and say “thanks.”
Today was a special day for the Padres as first-round selection Cory Spangenberg (pronounced SPAN-jen-berg) officially joined the Friar family. Here is a video of him signing his first professional contract. Congrats to Cory and his family. They are joined by Padres Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jason McLeod and Director of Scouting Jaron Madison in the video.
Anthony Rizzo greeted the San Diego media at PETCO Park, took the field with the team and got a little advice from veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson:
The 2011 First-Year Player Draft is well underway. The Padres selected Cory Spangenberg with their first selection (10th overall). When the dust settled on Day 1, the Padres made five selections:
10th – Cory Spangenberg (INF/Indian River State)
25th – Joe Ross (RHP/Bishop O’Dowd School)
48th – Michael Kelly (RHP/West Boca Raton Community HS)
54th – Brett Austin (C/Providence Sr. HS)
58th – Jace Peterson (SS/McNeese State)
As I type, the second day is underway, with the Padres picking in rounds 2-30. Among their picks is high school catcher Austin Hedges, taken in the second round with the 82nd overall pick. Hedges and Kelly each played at PETCO Park as part of the 2010 Aflac All-American Game. Video of each can be found below:
You can’t tell where that ball lands, but I’m pretty sure they needed a new one for the next batter. Here is video of Austin at PETCO Park during the Aflac All-American Game:
Michael Kelly at the Aflac All-American Game:
Nick Hundley, expected to go out on a rehab assignment tomorrow, tested out his strained right oblique this afternoon. Hundley strapped on the gear and threw down to each base, going through a full exercise of baseball movements to test out his side (Brad Ausmus, in gray, is working with him).
With the 2011 First-Year Player Draft approaching (June 6-8), we asked Padres player what they remember about being drafted and the excitement of hearing their your named called.
Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer and Luke Gregerson took time today to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with Wounded Warriors.
The guys share their thoughts on today’s experience:
Thanks to Eric Stonestreet (ABC’s Modern Family) for coming out the park last weekend in support of Stand Up To Cancer. Check out his visit in the slideshow below.
Also, congratulations to all the participants in this year’s Celebration of Champions (video below). Thanks to Rady Children’s Hospital for all they do every year to make this such a memorable event.
Lake Elsinore Storm infielder Jedd Gyorko has been named the California League’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending May 22. Over that stretch, he hit .413 (12-for-29) with a .469 OBP and .897 SLG. Gyorko had three doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases in the week.
In other news from the Padres farm system, the club today called up outfielder Blake Tekotte from Double-A San Antonio. Tekotte was hitting .291 (43-for-148) with the Missions, posting a .410 OBP and .486 SLG. He was originally signed by the Padres as a third-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player draft out of the University of Miami.
The Padres greet each and every one of about 350 of PETCO Park’s Guest Service Representatives, the people that make the magic happen.