If I Were To Collect: San Diego Padres Edition

[The twenty-ninth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

Here we are.  The second to last entry in the series.  All that remains after this is the Cubs, which I purposefully saved for last and have not yet created.  Enough about them, except to mention that they’re finishing up a series against today’s featured team.

This was a pretty tough decision, at least for the current runner up.  I’m just not familiar with the team and there’s a lot of turn around.  Then finding a card that would work took a little bit of time to search that I didn’t have until recently.  But here we are.  Penultimate post!

Anyone need Moments & Milestones cards?

Trevor Hoffman fits into my affinity for closers.  I know he’s a controversial hall of famer, but I think he was still a decent pitcher.  Maybe I would be better off picking the San Diego Chicken, although he wasn’t officially sanctioned by the team.  Realistically, I’m already collecting the one Padre I would care about, and Hoffman just seemed like the next best option for this exercise.

Insert joke about missing L

Current player runner-up:  Wil Myers

I was originally considering Andrew Cashner, but he’s since been traded and you don’t hear much about him these days (or I don’t).  I don’t hear much about Myers either, but I’m pretty sure he’s pretty good and would be a bigger name if he didn’t play for the Rays and now Padres.

Can’t hate that uniform

Retired player runner-upDave Winfield

Dave almost made the cut, but I have a soft spot for closers, as I mentioned and the combination of his Yankee days and the slipping into vintage territory makes this a tougher sell for me.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Athletics – Rickey Henderson
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Padres – Trevor Hoffman
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Royals – Bo Jackson
Tigers – Alan Trammell
Twins – Tony Oliva
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

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