Before the San Diego Padres square off against the San Francisco Giants, catch up on some of the latest news out of San Diego.
The honors continue to roll in for former San Diego Padres closer and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman. It was announced on Monday that the city of San Diego will rename a one-block stretch of Park Avenue to “Trevor Hoffman Way.”
Petco Park will now sit adjacent to the intersection of Trevor Hoffman Way and Tony Gwynn Drive, two of the most iconic players not just in Padres history, but in Major League Baseball history. The ceremony will take place on Friday night before the Friars begin their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Friday night will also kick off the final homestand of the 2018 season and the final three games of the year.
Don Welke also to be honored this week.
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Welke, the former Vice President of scouting operations for the San Diego Padres, passed away last week, right before his 76th birthday. Welke will be honored by the Padres who have renamed their prospect game at Petco Park the “Don Welke On Deck Classic.”
This will be the third time Petco Park has played host to this game, the final event of the Padres 2018 instructional league. The Don Welke On Deck Classic will be played on Thursday (an off day for San Diego) and will feature top prospects from the Padres and the Texas Rangers.
San Diego will send a long list of exciting names to Petco Park for this game, including this year’s first-round pick Ryan Weathers, electric infielder Xavier Edwards, top pitching prospects Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon, and everyone’s newest favorite prospects Luis Patino. You can see the full Padres roster here.
The game will begin at 6:10 pm and is free to the public.
San Diego Padres roster notes.
In a surprising update, according to manager Andy Green, Luis Perdomo will start on Wednesday for the Padres.
Perdomo has been on and off the disabled list and up and down from AAA El Paso this season, appearing in just 11 games this year at the major league level. As of Tuesday evening, he is 1-6 with a 7.56 ERA, a 1.99 WHIP, and a 35/22 K/BB ratio. Opponents are hitting .341 against him across his 41 innings.
Perdomo will also pitch in the Dominican Winter Leauge in an effort to improve his chances of earning a roster spot in 2019. There are an unbelievable amount of pitching arms that will be competing for a spot next spring training and with Perdomo’s noted issues with command, he may have a high mountain to climb if he wants to remain with the Padres.
The Padres and Giants will conclude their series with games Tuesday and Wednesday night. First pitch for both contests is scheduled for 7:15 pm.