There are 47 days left until Opening Day. I know we are all trying to stay sane, here is something that may help. There have been a few notable San Diego Padres to wear the number 47. Let’s review, for our sanity’s sake…
Bruce Hurst (1989-1993)
Hurst was drafted out of Dixie High School in St. George, UT in 1976 by the Red Sox. He established himself as a solid starter for the Red Sox for nearly a decade before joining the Padres. His first year with the Padres he had 10 (not a typo) complete games in 1989. He had 15 wins with a 2.69 ERA. He was never a Cy Young winner, World Series champion or dominant ace, but for year after year he was a consistent, solid part of a starting rotation. He won 55 games and had 616 strikeouts as a Friar. He finished his career with an amazing 83 complete games. That may never be touched in this age of bullpens and closers.
Rudy Seanez (2001, 2005-2006)
Seanez appeared in 554 games over 17 seasons in the big leagues. He had two different stints with the Padres. He appeared in 94 games with the Friars and had 115 strikeouts in 94 innings. He pitched in the Division Series for the Padres in 2005 and 2006. He appeared in 57 games in 2005 for San Diego.
Jesse Orosco (2003)
Orosco had a very brief stint with the Padres but his career is worth noting. He appeared in an incredible 1,252 games and pitched 1,295 innings. He holds the all time record for relief appearances. He is also a two-time All-Star and was a part of the 1986 Mets World Series championship, as well as the Dodgers 1988 title team. He pitched in 42 games for the Padres in 2003. It was part of his last season in the big leagues, which would total at 24 years. He is one of the greatest, most reliable relievers to play the game.
Ryan Ludwick (2010-2011)
Many who are cautiously optimistic about our newest acquisitions are “cautious” because of this guy, Ryan Ludwick. The Padres acquired him in the midst of a chase for the division title in 2010 from the Cardinals. In 59 games in 2010 with San Diego, he hit .211 with 6 home runs. After an underwhelming start to the 2011 season, he was shipped to Pittsburgh. He finished his Padres career hitting .228 with 17 home runs in 160 games. This was two seasons removed from an All-Star, 37-home run year. He ended up hitting 26 home runs and hitting .275 with the Reds in 2012, which makes his disappointment in San Diego that much worse. Here’s hoping the Padres’ new outfielders fare better.
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