As I noted yesterday, this is going to be a strange year for Orioles and Nationals fans. Personally, I’m still mad that the O’s traded Manny Machado last year, so I’m just going to be a Padres fan. Thus, no. 9 in this year’s Opening Day countdown is not whoever might be wearing no. 9 for the Orioles, but San Diego’s Benito Santiago.
Santiago spent 20 seasons in baseball with 10 different teams, including the Padres, Marlins, and Giants. In 2015, he was quoted as saying, “Probably my best years were in San Diego. I played for a lot of teams, but my first seven seasons in the Major Leagues were with the Padres, and in their farm system before that.”