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Padres to Retire Trevor Hoffman's No. 51

Fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Hoffman item

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    TK

    The San Diego Padres are gearing up to honor one of their on Sunday as career saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires his uniform number.

    The seven-time All-Star, known for his changeup and "Hell's Bells" entrance, retired during the last off-season after 601 saves in 18 seasons, 16 with the Padres.

    He first came up to the major leagues with the Florida Marlins, which happens to be Sunday’s opponent.

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    Retired San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman remains active in the community, working for the organization while helping raise money for Rady Children's Hospital. The Padres will retire his number before the Aug. 21 home game against the Florida Marlins.

    After ending his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, the 43-year-old now finds himself working in the Padres front office.

    On Sunday, all fans in attendance will get a commemorative Hoffman item, and the first 8,000 youngsters 14 years old and younger will get a free Padres backpack.

    "I'm extremely flattered by this and really excited about it," Hoffman said on the Padres website.

    "Unlike (my retirement announcement in January), this will be more of a celebration, something that's in-season and that I can share with the fans,” he added.

    Hoffman's No. 51 will join Steve Garvey (No. 6), Randy Jones (35), Tony Gwynn (19) and Dave Winfield (31) as the former Padres whose uniforms have been retired.