Yesterday I took a look at Padres who wore number 22 since that's how many days were left until pitchers and catchers are set to report. In the comments it was requested -- nay, demanded -- that I check back in today with Ken Caminiti and the rest of the 21s. I'm a man of the people, so here we are.
Caminiti is actually second in games played while wearing 21 for the Friars, appearing in 557 games, trailing inaugural Padre Cito Gaston's 766. Interestingly, both Caminiti and Gaston never wore 21 elsewhere; Cammy wore 11 with the other three teams he played for, while Gaston rocked 25 and 43 in Atlanta, and 44 in Pittsburgh.
There have been 24 other Friars to wear 21, with another on the way. Recently signed pitcher Brandon Morrow -- not to be confused with recently acquired pitcher Brandon Maurer -- is the latest to be assigned the digits. Here, courtesy of Baseball Reference, is the full list:
|1999||Gary Matthews, Jr.|
Along with Gaston and Caminiti, Heath Bell is the other Friar to wear 21 in an All-Star game.