Padres history will be well represented at this years All Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman will be MLB Spokespeople throughout the weekend event.
The Padres will take over downtown with the FanFest experience before the Celebrity Legends Softball game and MLB Futures game Sunday afternoon.
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A Trevor Hoffman bobblehead will also be given away to the first 10,000 fans on Sunday afternoon before the Celebrity Softball game.
Hoffman and Winfield, who together have 19 All Star appearances seem like perfect dignitaries to represent the team and generate public interest for the game. Of course Tony Gwynn would certainly be a centerpiece of the event if were still with us, but no doubt he will be honored in some way as well at the weekend festivities.
The question right now is who the Padres will send to represent their team at the event. Last year Todd Frazier of the hometown Reds wowed the crowds to win the Home Run Derby. Will the Padres be able to pull off the same show?
Right now starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz is looking like an All Star, though in the same league as Clayton Kershaw, Noah Snydergaard and Madison Bumgarner that is tough to crack. Wil Myers is playing well at first but not sure he will be seen as All Star worthy. Matt Kemp was off to a great April start before a May swoon so it will be interesting to see who makes it.
The Padres bullpen does have Fernando Rodney who hasn’t allowed an earned run yet and figures to play into All Star consideration as well. If Mets manager Terry Collins looks at set-up men to fill out his bullpen Ryan Buchter should also get a serious look.
All Star Weekend will be here before you know it, with a chance to honor America’s Finest City itself and the team that plays here. Who do you think from the Padres should make the team?