Padres to retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51

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It was always only a matter of time, but the Padres did set the date on Thursday: they’ll retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 on Aug. 21 after a game against the Marlins.

After spending his final two years in the majors with the Brewers, Hoffman retired over the winter and took a job as a special assistant to Padres club president and COO Tom Garfinkel.

Baseball’s all-time saves leader, Hoffman recorded 552 of his 601 career saves with the Padres.  He was traded from Florida to San Diego in his rookie season in 1993 and pitched for the club through 2008 before signing with the Brewers.  He had his best season in 1998, when he saved 53 games in 54 chances and finished with a 1.48 ERA.  He finished second in the NL Cy Young balloting that season and again in 2006.

Hoffman joins Steve Garvey (No. 6), Tony Gwynn (No. 19), Dave Winfield (No. 31) and Randy Jones (No. 35) in having his number retired by the Padres.

Must-Click Link: The Day a Mascot Got Ejected

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Today Jonah Keri gives us a fantastic story about a crazy game.

The Dodgers played the Expos in Montreal 28 years ago today. The game went 22 innings. It was a 1-0 game. More notable than the 21 and a half innings of scoreless ball, however, was the fact that Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda got the Expos mascot — Youppi — ejected. The Dodgers and Expos didn’t score much that year overall, but when have you ever seen a mascot ejected?

Some good lunchtime reading for y’all, complete with silly GIFs and a video of the whole dang game if you hate yourself so much that you’d watch it all in its entirety.

Nicholas Castellanos hit an inside-the-park homer that shouldn’t have been

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Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.

At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.

Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:

Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error — errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball — but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.

Oh well, that’s baseball for you.