I'm a nerd about uniform numbers, so when I hear that the Padres acquired or called someone up one of the first things I do is try to find out what number he'll be wearing. Fortunately for me, other people also care about such minutia, so Brooks Conrad's number was already public knowledge when I woke up from an impromptu nap.
INF Brooks Conrad is wearing number 11. Last worn by INF Logan Forsythe in 2013. #Padres pic.twitter.com/5rwd2pPXH1— MLB Jersey Numbers (@NumbersMLB) July 2, 2014
I knew a handful of former elevens off the top of my head, but I headed over to Baseball-Reference's uniform number history page for the team to see the whole list. I'm glad it's that convenient now; up until a couple years ago they didn't have them all listed together, and I'd have to go through year-by-year to manually create lists of players for each number. Oh, the dark ages.
- Enzo Hernandez wore #11 the longest, barely edging out Flan by 14 games, 710 to 696. Flannery played 276 games with the Padres before receiving 11; he gave up his #6 when the team signed Steve Garvey. Then again, Flan did wear 11 again when he came back as a coach, so that counts for something.
- The list includes two guys who played only two games with the Padres - Manuel and Stewart.
- Manuel is also part of another sub-pair: He and Ausmus went on to become major league managers.
- In case you didn't know, or had forgotten, Craig Stansberry is the first major league player who was born in Saudi Arabia. Also, the stansberries taste like stansberries.