Fires Take Toll on Padres

Randy Jones, a Cy Young winner and recent member of the San Diego Padres all time team, lost his San Diego County home to the raging wildfires burning throughout the area.

It was also reported that former outfielder David Justice lost a home, but that had not been confirmed.

Phil Nevin evacuated his home and found solace in teammate Trevor Hoffman who invited him down to his house.

"I called Phil at 10 in the morning and asked him if he was evacuating, and he just laughed at me and said, `It's 10 miles away,' " agent Barry Axelrod, who represents Nevin, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, told the Houston Chronicle.

"At about 2 o'clock, he called me back and said, `We're going down to (Padres closer) Trevor Hoffman's house.' They bailed."

Bruce Bochy and Jose Viscaino live in the same area as Nevin and left their homes seeking a safe place to stay.

"It's affected everyone directly or indirectly," Axelrod said. "It was an incredibly wild scene. Phil, Jose and Bochy live closer to the action. There were a lot of homes between us and them. But on Sunday, it was hairy.

"We've had 180 days in a row out here without rain. That's on top of a 10-year drought anyway, so conditions are horribly bad. ... Even though we were 10 miles away, anything could have happened."

Brad Ausmus, a potential candidate for the open catcher position for the Friars, did not have to evacuate despite the fires coming within five miles of his home.

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