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Put Trevor in the Hall? On first glance, yes

Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:40 pm
 
As Hall of Fame voters, we're still not sure how to handle closers. We're still not sure what saves mean.

We voted in Dennis Eckersley (390 saves, and 197 wins, most of them as a starter) on the first ballot. It took two ballots with Rollie Fingers (341 saves) and nine ballots for Goose Gossage (310 saves).

Meanwhile, Lee Smith retired as the career saves leader with 478, and he can't even break 50 percent. John Franco is fourth on the list with 424 saves, and he didn't even get the 5 percent needed to stay on the ballot for a second year.

What does that mean for Trevor Hoffman and his 601 saves?

I'm guessing he gets in, perhaps even on the first ballot. I'm guessing that I'll vote for him, although I always hate to commit to a vote five years out.

But Hoffman does meet the first test, the "Did you watch him and think he's a Hall of Famer?" test.

We know he'll be on the ballot in five years, now that the 43-year-old Hoffman has told mlb.com that he's definitely decided to retire. We know that Hoffman will still be high on the list by the time his name comes up, because the only active closer with a chance to pass him by then is 41-year-old Mariano Rivera, who will begin 2011 with 559 saves (and with a new two-year contract).

We don't know what people will think of saves by then. We don't know what they'll think of closers by then.

We do know that Hoffman has outstanding credentials. His career ERA is 2.87 (even with the 5.89 in his final year with the Brewers). He's a seven-time All-Star. He even had one year (1998) where he finished second in Cy Young voting, which isn't easy for a reliever.

He was consistent. Year after year, he was considered one of the best closers in the National League, one of the best in baseball.

He's not Rivera, who is a no-doubt first-ballot pick.

But he is worthy of consideration, and on first glance, I'm thinking he gets in -- with my vote.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:54 am
 

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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Put Trevor in the Hall? On first glance, yes

Duh.  Like this even requires a full article.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Put Trevor in the Hall? On first glance, yes


Does this mean Rivera can't perform in clutch situations? Of course not. The numbers over the course of his career show how well he can perform in these situations. The above anecdotes mean nothing, just as they don't for Hoffman.

Well the difference is we have seen Rivera succeed in big spots over and over and over again.  When have we seen that from Hoffman?


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