On this date in San Diego Padres history, pitcher Trevor Hoffman appeared in his 803rd game of his career, which established a new record for games pitched for any one team in MLB history. Prior to that day, the record of 802 games was held by former Senators pitcher Walter Johnson (1907-27) and the Pirates’ Elroy Face (1953-68).
Hoffman only pitched the final inning of the game but easily cleaned up the final three batters to give the Padres a close 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
San Diego Padres all-time team: Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield at top of order; Trevor Hoffman closes it downhttps://t.co/2CnWALUPpQ— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) April 26, 2020
The 39-year old pitcher finished the season with a 4-5 record and was named a MLB All-Star for the sixth time in his career. He would play one final year for the Padres in 2008 before joining the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons before retiring after the 2010 season at the age of 42.
On August 21st, 2011, the Padres retired Hoffman’s #51 jersey at Petco Park and while San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders officially declared the date “Trevor Hoffman Day.”