Tag:Trevor Hoffman
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:03 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Years 2014-16 will crowd Hall of Fame ballot



By Matt Snyder


With the 2012 Hall of Fame class set to be Barry Larkin and Ron Santo, we can now look ahead to future years -- while kicking and screaming about who should have gotten in or who didn't deserve it, of course; heaven forbid anyone just celebrate the careers of Larkin and Santo and move on. My colleague C. Trent Rosecrans has taken a look at the explosive 2013 Hall of Fame class of first-year eligibles. Just envision all the arguing and name-calling that will take place in our comments section next year at this time (remember, everyone's personal opinion is right and everyone else is an idiot with absolutely no room for discussion!). I have a headache already.

Anyway, the ballot doesn't let up anytime soon, either. Check out the first-year eligible classes for the ensuing three ballots. And remember, these guys are only joining those remaining on the ballot. It's going to get overly crowded with legitimate superstars unless a few classes have upwards of four or five inductees.

Here are the most notable guys joining the ballot before 2017, divided up by year.

2014

Greg Maddux - Listing his numbers is a waste of time. He's as much of a lock as anyone.

Frank Thomas - It's also hard to see the Big Hurt not getting in on the first try as well. He has more than 500 home runs, two MVPs, and a ridiculous .974 career OPS (156 OPS-plus).

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Tom Glavine - Are 300 wins good for automatic induction? I think so. The two Cy Youngs and six top three finishes in Cy voting also help to make him a lock.

Jeff Kent - While not a very good defender, Kent was one of the best offensive second basemen in history. His 377 home runs are the most ever for a 2B while his .290/.356/.500 line is stellar from that position. Kent's WAR is very similar to Ryne Sandberg's, and Ryno got in on his third try. It might be tougher for Kent, with the crowded ballots and all. Think about it, are the voters really going to put in four first-year guys here? Very doubtful, especially considering there will be worthy guys lingering from previous ballots.

Mike Mussina - Moose went 270-153 in his career with an assortment of Gold Gloves, All-Star appearances and top six finishes in Cy Young voting. His 3.68 career ERA came in a time when it was a hitters' game, as it factors out to a 123 ERA-plus. Will his shortfall in wins (30 shy of 300) and strikeouts (187 short of 3,000) cost him? It very well might.

Luis Gonzalez - He was just a pretty good player until getting to Arizona, so he probably didn't do it long enough.

Moises Alou - He actually has better rate stats than Gonzalez, but the feeling is neither makes it.

2015

Randy Johnson - The only question is Mariners or Diamondbacks cap on his bust. I'll lean toward D-Backs with the four Cy Youngs and World Series ring, but he pitched 1 1/2 more seasons in Seattle. But this is a discussion for a different day.

Pedro Martinez - He was the most dominant pitcher in baseball for a seven-year stretch. He won three Cy Young awards and had the best MLB ERA in five of those aforementioned seven seasons. In all, Pedro was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and over 3,000 strikeouts in a big-time hitters' era. He has to be in, probably on the first ballot.

John Smoltz - How heavily will the 213 wins and 154 saves weigh on the minds of voters? I'm guessing a good amount. He also has that Cy Young and over 3,000 strikeouts. Even if not on the first ballot, Smoltz will be enshrined.

Gary Sheffield - One of the more feared hitters of his generation, Sheffield's offensive numbers say he's worthy (509 homers, .907 career OPS, over 1,600 runs and RBI). But he was in the Mitchell Report, so -- judging from what we've seen so far from the voters in terms of the steroid-connected guys -- he's probably not going to get in.

Nomar Garciaparra - Through 2003, he was headed to Cooperstown, but things derailed after that. His career triple slash line (.313/.361/.521) is pretty damn good, but was he dominant long enough? I'll guess no.

Carlos Delgado - With tons of power in his prime, Delgado ended up with 473 homers and 1,512 RBI. His .383 on-base percentage and .929 OPS (138 OPS-plus) are very impressive, too. My guess, though, is Delgado put up those numbers in the wrong era and he falls short.

2016

Ken Griffey Jr. - Easy choice.

Trevor Hoffman - The Hall voters haven't been kind to closers, but Hoffman saved 601 games, obliterating the previous record (held by Lee Smith) until Mariano Rivera passed him last season. I bet Hoffman gets in with relative ease. If not the first try, certainly the second or third.

Billy Wagner - See the above comment about Hall voters' treatment of closers. Wagner was definitely dominant, but I feel like only Rivera and Hoffman get in from this generation of closers.

Andy Pettitte - If you only look at the regular season stats, Pettitte has a case as a very good pitcher who wasn't a Hall of Famer. He went 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 2,251 strikeouts. He garnered Cy Young votes in five different seasons but never won the award. However, will 75 percent of the voters consider the postseason and cast a vote for Pettitte? It's possible. He was 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in the postseason, in a whopping 263 innings. He has five rings and went to the World Series three other times (once with the Astros, remember). He will not be getting into the Hall on his first handful of tries, but maybe after a decade or so on the ballot Pettitte makes it. Then again, he also was named in the Mitchell Report.

Jim Edmonds - The four-time All-Star won eight Gold Gloves and hit 393 homers. He hit .284/.376/.527 and racked up 67.9 WAR according to Baseball-Reference.com. Still, with less than 2,000 hits, less than 400 home runs and less than 1,300 runs or RBI, I'd bet he doesn't have a real shot of making it.



So there you have it. Without considering the guys who were already on the ballot from previous years and then factoring in the huge class of 2013, we have three years with what I think will yield nine Hall of Famers. Maybe 10 if Pettitte gets enough support. Now, keep in mind I'm not a voter nor was I saying above who I would personally want to see in the Hall. I'm merely trying to guess how the voting body will react to the players above, based upon how they've treated players in the recent past.

Simply put, the ballot is going to be very, very crowded in a few years.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Hoffman fine with being second to Rivera

Trevor HoffmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor Hoffman is now No. 2 on the all-time saves list and he appears fine with it. 

"Being second to Mariano Rivera, it's not like there's anything wrong with that. There's no shame in it," Hoffman told MLB.com's Barry Bloom. "I'm happy for him. He's earned it. And I'm comfortable where I stand."

Rivera picked up his 602nd career save on Monday, passing Hoffman's career total of 601. 

Even during the time he dominated, Hoffman was clearly behind Rivera. I'm not sure I would even have named him No. 2 at any particular time, but his consistency and longevity have made Hoffman even better in retrospect.

So many of the dominant closers during the Rivera years lacked sticking power -- looking back at the saves leaders since Rivera took over the full-time closer's role in 1997, there's the likes of Eddie Guardado, Robb Nenn, Eric Gagne, Armando Benitez, Chad Cordero, Joe Borowski, Brian Fuentes and Rafael Soriano -- not to mention Ugueth Urbina, Jeff Shaw, Eric Gagne, Bob Wickman, Tom Gordon and Jason Isringhausen. That's plenty of good pitchers, but plaque-makers in upstate New York need only to start working up sketches of Hoffman and Rivera.

Hoffman said he admires Rivera both as a pitcher and a person, even though he never spent much time with him.

"There's been mutual respect across the board for what we've accomplished," Hoffman told Bloom. "I've privately admired his work from afar and what he stands for as a person. Being able to do that over time has been pretty cool. As far as who's coming and whether 700 is reachable for somebody remains to be seen."

It'd be folly to say Rivera's final mark, whatever it may end up being, won't be touched. But since Francisco Cordero's 323 career saves are the most by any active pitcher not named Rivera, it's unlikely the mark will be broken anytime soon.

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Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Hell's Bells: Padres retire Hoffman's number

By Matt Snyder

No member of the San Diego Padres will ever wear number 51 again, as the team has retired the number of long-time closer Trevor Hoffman. There was a ceremony before Sunday's Marlins-Padres game honoring the likely future Hall of Famer. To even further honor Hoffman, the Padres started the game at 1:51 p.m. local time (Dan Hayes via Twitter).

Fittingly, Hoffman emerged from the bullpen to AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" (Dan Hayesvia Twitter), as was customary for years when Hoffman would enter the game. Back then he was wearing No. 51 and instilling fear in opposing hitters -- at least the fear of looking stupid when whiffing at his killer changeup -- this time around he was with his family and wearing a suit.

Hoffman was greeted by Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey and Randy Jones, the other four Padres with retired uniform numbers.

Padres Retired No.'s
No. Player
6 Steve Garvey
19 Tony Gwynn
31 Dave Winfield
35 Randy Jones
51 Trevor Hoffman
"It's a guy's dream come true," Hoffman said (Hayes via Twitter). "It's hard to put this in perspective."

Hoffman also thanked his family for being his "foundation." (PadsCast via Twitter)

At the end of the ceremony, the Padres presented Hoffman with a 1958 Cadillac convertible. (PadsCast)

Hoffman, 43, was with the Padres for 16 seasons, racking up 552 of his major-league record 601 career saves. He made six All-Star teams as a member of the Padres and was the closer for four San Diego playoff appearances, including the 1998 World Series team. He retired last year after two seasons with the Brewers, but his legacy is clearly as a Padre.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Padres to retire Hoffman's No. 51 on Aug. 21

Trevor Hoffman

By C. Trent Rosecrans

A couple of weeks ago my sister asked me if I'd ever heard of Trevor Hoffman. I informed her I indeed had and tried to explain to her just who he is. Apparently her fiance was at a game talking to "this Hoffman guy" instead of talking to her on the phone, so she wanted to find out just who he was, because if he never appeared in People, she wasn't going to know.

Well, Dr. Rosecrans -- yes, she's an MD, so intellect isn't the problem -- may have been the only one surprised on Thursday when the Padres announced they would be retiring Hoffman's No. 51. The official ceremony will take place Aug. 21.

"I'm extremely flattered by this and really excited about it," Hoffman told MLB.com's Corey Brock on Thursday. "Unlike [his retirement ceremony], this will be more of a celebration, something that's in-season and that I can share with the fans."

Hoffman is currently a special assistant to Padres team president and chief operating officer Tom Garfinkel.

Hoffman recorded 552 of his 601 career saves with the Padres. The Aug. 21 celebration will be held before San Diego's game with the Marlins, the team that Hoffman broke into the majors with in 1993. He was then traded in June of that season to San Diego in the deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Marlins.

He joins Steve Garvey (6), Randy Jones (35), Tony Gwynn (19) and Dave Winfield (31) as Padres with their numbers retired. Every MLB team has retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:26 pm
 

All-time saves leader Hoffman retires

HoffmanBaseball's all-time saves leader has chosen to hang up his cleats, with Trevor Hoffman and his 601 saves calling it quits Tuesday, he tells MLB.com.

"It's time to retire. It's time to move on," Hoffman said by phone, officially capping a 18-season career. "This is more of a self-evaluation. I expect to pitch at a certain level and I had to be honest with myself that I wasn't certain I could maintain that anymore."

Hoffman got 2010 off to a brutal start in his second season for the Brewers, losing his closer's job and finishing with a 5.89 ERA in 47 1/3 innings. Although he bounced back in the second half and walked away with 10 saves to set the all-time saves record with 610, the 43-year-old realized his time was done after waiting out the free-agent market for any interest.

Hoffman closes his career with 856 games finished -- also an all-time record -- in 1,035 games with a 2.87 ERA over 1,089 1/3 innings pitched. He whiffed 9.4 batters per nine (1,133 overall) while walking just 2.5 per nine (307) and flashing one of the game's best changeups.

His best season was in 1998, when he nailed down 53 saves with a 1.48 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in 73 innings, helping the Padres to the World Series, although they would fall to the Yankees.

Although Hoffman is currently the career leader in saves with 601, Mariano Rivera will likely pass him in 2012, as he is just 42 saves away from the mark. While Rivera should sail into the Hall of Fame, Hoffman may have more difficulty, but should still have a strong case once his eligibility comes in 2015, although it may take a few years for induction as the Hall class of 2013 and 2014 will be very strong.

Now that Hoffman is done, he will be reuniting with the Padres in a front office job, where he made his name with 16 years of service. Hoffman was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but went to the Florida Marlins in the expansion draft of 1992. The next year, he made his major-league debut but then was traded to San Diego in a package that sent Gary Sheffield to Florida. His Padres relationship ended after 2008 with an acrimonious departure. However, all is well now after San Diego underwent front office overturn.

"I would say it's the old adage -- that time was the real healer," said Hoffman. "Sometimes you have to take a step back. I understand that some of it is about baseball being a business, but I don't really want to rehash all that. There's been a turnover of people there who wanted to reconcile and I've been cool with it. A couple of years definitely makes a big difference."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:58 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Hoffman eyeing D-Backs?

Trevor Hoffman Trevor Hoffman has repeatedly said he'd like to find a closer's spot for 2011 and in lieu of that, he could retire.

On Monday, Evan predicted four possible landing spots , and Hoffman must have been reading, as he mentioned Evan's No. 1 possibility -- the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I've known [Arizona general manager Kevin Towers] for such a long time and I figured having a little history there would help," Hoffman told MLB.com's Barry Bloom . "But I don't know. I'm coming off a tough year. I don't know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate."

Hoffman's agent, Rick Thurman, told Bloom he hasn't talked directly with Towers yet, but has discussed relievers with the team. Thurman also represents Brian Fuentes, Arthur Rhodes, Will Ohman, Octavio Dotel and Chan-Ho Park.

"We just kind of glazed over the topic of Trevor," Thurman said. "They're looking for a closer. They need a lot of pitching. They're looking for back end relief help."

UPDATE: Towers tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he hasn't spoken to Hoffman or Thurman, but will certainly listen.

"You'd be nuts if you didn't at least consider somebody like Trevor Hoffman," Towers told Piecoro (via Twitter ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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