Thank You, #51

Today, Trevor Hoffman decided to retire, according to MLB.com. He was a class act on and off the field, and a great San Diego icon. Trevor had a Hall of Fame career, and was one of the best closers in MLB history. Whenever he entered to save a game, people knew. The “Hells Bells” song as he entered was one of the greatest moments in sports. Here is my tribute to #51.

Timeline/Accomplishments:

1. Drafted by the Reds as a shortstop in the 1989 amateur draft

2. Switched to pitcher mid-year, because of a suggestion by single A manager Jim Lett.

3. Drafted by Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft

4. Traded to the Padres in a deal which involved Gary Sheffield going to Florida.

5. Took over at the closing role in the strike shortened season of ’94, recording 20 saves and having a 2.57 ERA.

6. In the 1995 off-season, he developed his changeup, which became his bread and butter pitch. 

7. In 1998, he recorded 53 saves and took his team to the World Series. The Padres lost that series to the Yankees. He finished 2nd in the CY Young voting that year.

8. In 2005, he recorded his 400th save in a game vs the Cardinals.

9. On September 24, he became the #1 saves leader in MLB history, in a 2-1 win over the Pirates.

10. On June 6th of 2007, he recorded save #500. 

11. The Padres decided not to pick up his $4 million dollar option. He signed a 1 year deal with the Brewers.

12. He had one of the best seasons of his career, putting up 37 saves with a 1.83 ERA.

13. He returned to the Brewers on another 1 year deal in 2010. 

14. Although having a tough year, he got save #600 on September 7, 2010.

15. He retired on January 11, 2011 with a career total of 601 saves.
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Thank you, Trevor, for everything you have brought to the game of baseball.







Although his on the field accomplishments are over, he is expected to sign and have a front office job with the Padres.
A press conference is expected to happen tomorrow at PETCO Park at around 9 AM PT to officially announce his retirement.
Thank you, Trevor, for everything you brought to San Diego!

(photo’s courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com, photobucket.com, flikr.com, gaslampball.com, bleacherreport.com, youtube.com)
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4 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    He is definitely a first ballot Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee. There is no reason that Trever Hoffman should have to wait more then 5 years before getting that call from Cooperstown.
    Still amazing how his career was changed at the single-A level by a suggestion of a member of the Coaching staff.
    Shows you just how well some of the minor league instructors and Managers take their job serious to get every one of their players to hit their top potential.
    Definite day of sorrow in the loss of one of the greatest closers in history, but it is a great day for Hoffman knowing that now he can take that next step with confidence no matter if it is within the game, or away from it.
    Standing Ovation for # 51!

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  2. bklyntrolleyblogger

    Yo! Just saying hello and getting ready for another season. Hoff gets a bad wrap…But he’ll be whistling all the way to the HOF in 5 more years.
    Mike

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