Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Fives For The Fifth
Of ten players to wear 5 for the Padres, Jose Arcia was the first; he wore it in 1969 and '70. Gene Locklear was the second, in '73 and '74, followed by Bill Almon in '74 and '75. Fred Kendall donned it in '79 and '80, succeeded by Randy Bass, who had it from 1980 through part of '82. Ron Tingley wore it for eight games, also in '82. Randy Ready rocked it from '86 until being traded in '89 and Joey Cora switched over from 4 in 1990. No player wore number five in the blue-and-orange era as seventeen years lapsed before it was issued to Kevin Kouzmanoff, Patron Saint of Grounding Into Double Plays. Kouz kept it until he was traded to Oakland after the '09 season. Alexi Amarista has worn it since being called up from Tucson this season.