TREVOR HOFFMAN NEWS

Numbers show: Don’t put your closer in when the game is tied

Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsFrom Mariano Rivera to Craig Kimbrel, Trevor Hoffman to Joe Nathan, the game of baseball has seen many great closers come and go. Recently, it seems as if the role of closer has been magnified as bullpens specialize more and more. Closers have a certain mojo. Rivera came out to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Hoffman came out to AC/DC’s “Hell...
Via Sports-Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ghost Post: You Were Robbed

by Dennis Lawson As the news ticker scrolled along the bottom of the living room television screen, the name “Gwynn” caught my eye. The date was June 16th, 2014, and Tony Gwynn had just passed after a prolonged fight with salivary gland cancer. My immediate reaction was a rather lengthy string of profanities uttered with cancer the obvious target of my invectives. I wasn...
Via Padres Public
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Hale: Hudson could be starter or closer next season for D-backs

Daniel Hudson’s role this season may just be to be a relief pitcher, but that might change in the future. D-backs manager Chip Hale told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM the following regarding the two-time Tommy John patient:"We're talking about next year," Hale said. "We don't know where we're going to be with our roster next year. We've talked about Daniel being the starter, a setup guy...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Links: April 17, 2015

Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy: 2015 Lake Elsinore Pre-Season Preview (MadFriars) – I missed this last week on account of being lame, but you’ll want to read John Conniff’s look at the Padres’ High-A affiliate, as well as his previews of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A), San Antonio Missions (Double-A), and El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A). Then get...
Via Padres Public
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Trevor Hoffman: Not a First Ballot Hall of Famer?

To San Diego Padres fans the very idea of Trevor Hoffman not being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, his first year of eligibility, would be nothing short of sheer blasphemy. However, that is exactly what some baseball experts and Hall of Fame voters have been stating since the 2015 Hall of Fame class was announced on January 6th. Over the course of 18 seasons, with 16 of...
Via Hot Stove MLB
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Why WS Rings Shouldn’t Matter In Hall of Fame Discussion

When trying to decide who belongs in the Hall of Fame, one thing that always comes up is the player’s postseason record and number of rings. Lately, I’ve heard the argument that Rivera is a first ballot Hall of Famer (which I pretty much agree upon), but Trevor Hoffman isn’t Hall worthy because Rivera was a better postseason player. Also, being from Detroit, when I say Whitaker...
Via Baseball Essential
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza’s greatest moments as a New York Met

When Mike Piazza gave Mets fans magic moment after magic moment, he didn’t do so for the accolades, he did so for the love of the sport and the fans that endeared him. So it’s only right Around Citi says to hell with the Baseball Hall of Fame vote- let’s look at our five greatest Piazza moments. 5. Piazza’s 200th home run vs. Billy Wagner (Sept. 16, 1998.)  Mike Piazza...
Via Around Citi
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Numbers Could Favor Piazza Next Year

Timing plays an important factor when it comes to being voted into the Hall of Fame. It was that way for Gary Carter and figures to be that way for Mike Piazza. Piazza fell short this time, garnering 69.9 percent of the votes. It is possible he could pick up the six percentage points needed to reach 75 percent next year in what could be a thin class with Ken Griffey Jr., and Trevor...
Via New York Mets Report
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall focus in 2016 turns to Griffey, Hoffman, Wagner

  Next January the Hall of Fame focus will turn to Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner after an unprecedented dominance by starting pitchers over a two-year span. When Griffey left the Seattle Mariners in 2010, there was no farewell tour. The 40-year-old outfielder pretty much drove off into the night: Griffey got in his car, headed out of Seattle in the middle of a...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, representing the largest class going into Cooperstown since 1955. Over the past two years, seven players have received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), making up for the embarrassment of no players being elected in 2013. Looking good gentlemen, looking...
Via Bloguin Best
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, representing the largest class going into Cooperstown since 1955. Over the past two years, seven players have received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), making up for the embarrassment of no players being elected in 2013. Looking good gentlemen, looking...
Via The Outside Corner
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall focus next year turns to Griffey, Hoffman and Wagner

NEW YORK (AP) Next January the Hall of Fame focus will turn to Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner after an unprecedented dominance by starting pitchers over a two-year span. When Griffey left the Seattle Mariners in 2010, there was no farewell tour. The 40-year-old outfielder pretty much drove off into the night: Griffey got in his car, headed out of Seattle in the...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Ahead to The Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Now that the dust has settled and we know that Cooperstown is going to be hosting its biggest Hall of Fame induction class since 1955, when Joe DiMaggio headlined a stage of four inductees…we can focus on 2016! After back-to-back years of outstanding first ballot candidates, the potential Class of 2016 might bring it all back down to Earth.  That is, of course, if you exclude...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 1985-1989 Drafts

In this weeks retrospective we are looking back at the 1985-1989 drafts for the Cincinnati Reds as we work our way towards today to see how the drafts have helped shaped the franchise. You can see the entire series here. The 1985 Draft The 1985 draft was both great and terrible. The team would draft four players who would go on to reach the Major Leagues from the crop of players...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Take Home The Hardware

Neil Mehta Staff Writer The Atlanta Braves may not of had a successful season, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating the achievements of their players. Justin Upton, Andrleton Simmons, Jason Heyward, and Craig Kimbrel all took home awards. Justin Upton was named an NL Silver Slugger. Andrelton Simmons was a Golden Glove winner and was named the best defensive shortstop. While...
Via TopSportsReport
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Holland, Craig Kimbrel Honored

Nine All-Time Great Relievers Voted for Revamped Honors KANSAS CITY – Greg Holland of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals is the inaugural “Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year” and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is the first “Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year,” Major League Baseball announced today.  Both Holland and...
Via i70baseball
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

THROWBACK THURSDAY: When Animals Hated Trevor Hoffman

I think the last remaining member of the "Trevor Hoffman is just having a slow start" bandwagon fell off yesterday and now we can all finally accept that Trevor Hoffman is done as a closer. He doesn't have it. He throws right down the middle and he doesn't fool anyone. Is there a person in the world that was honestly surprised that Glaus hit that homerun? I didn't think so. Yesterday...
Via Miller Park Drunk
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Jonathan Papelbon catch Mariano Rivera?

When discussing the best closers of the modern era one name leads every list: Mariano Rivera. Trevor Hoffman, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, and Billy Wagner are part of the next tier down but are short the dominance over many years of the guy above them. Some of their tickets to the Hall of Fame will likely be regular-priced admission rather than induction ceremony. One guy who...
Via The Sports Post
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Hoffman induction is the first step in reviving Padres Hall of Fame

And now, a warm welcome for the return of an old friend: The Padres Hall of Fame. Dormant for the past five years, they're dusting the place off, uncapping the furniture polish and airing it out. And not a moment too soon. When Trevor Hoffman is inducted into the Padres' Hall of Fame before Saturday's game with the Dodgers, it not only will be the first sign of life from the old...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Bobblehead Mega Post!!

Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57 different Padres, Beavers, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them. Some Additional Notes...
Via Padres Public
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Million Dollar Idea: A Padres Alumni Weekend

Monday, the Padres announced that Trevor Hoffman would be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame before the game against the Dodgers on August 30th. A couple of thoughts crossed my mind. They retired his number in 2011.  You would think that would have been a more opportune time to do it, what with everyone already being there for that ceremony and all. Everyone else (with the exceptions...
Via Padres Public
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Trevor Hoffman to be inducted into Padres Hall of Fame on Sat., Aug. 30

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 30, prior to the 5:40 p.m. Padres game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Diego Padres Hall of Fame committee, comprised of members of the local sports media and San Diego Padres front office, voted unanimously to induct Hoffman, who retired in January...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Killer Walk-Up Songs for MLB Closers

Choosing the perfect walk-up song is like choosing the perfect beer to serve at a party. When choosing a beer to serve at a party, one must consider what that beer says about him or her as a person. Then, one must factor in the audience. Are they a Blue Moon-type crowd or do they demand a more sophisticated microbrew? Or, is it more of an “I don’t care what I drink as long as...
Via Bacon Sports
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

New Awards Added to Baseball-Reference

We have rolled out a couple of new additions to our Awards Page: The Edgar Martinez Award, recognizing the AL's top DH since 1973 & the Delivery Man of the Year, which recognized MLB's top reliever from 2005-13. Beginning in 2014, the Delivery Man of the Year will be replaced by a pair of honors named for Mariano Rivera (AL) & Trevor Hoffman (NL).
Via Sports-Reference
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Your All-Star Vote Counts!

Except when it doesn’t. So, Huston Street and Tyson Ross are your San Diego Padres 2014 All-Stars, although Ross will not play having started on Sunday.  Street was named to replace Ross on the active All-Star roster. The Padres wanted us to write-in Seth Smith on our All-Star ballots this year. Because his name wasn’t on the ballot and everyone else sucked. Last week, I explored...
Via Padres Public
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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