Don’t Hassle The Hoff
I just wanted to note on this blog that Trevor Hoffman recorded his 600th major league save a few days ago, becoming the first player ever to achieve such a number. He struggled mightily (even being replaced in the role for a large portion of the season in Milwaukee) to achieve the milestone, but I’m glad he finally got there.
With all the lavish attention thrown towards Mariano Rivera as the “greatest closer of all-time”, please don’t forget about Hoffman. He never got the postseason “proving ground” opportunities like Mo did, but over the long haul he’s been just as good. He’s slowed down a bit the last few years, but during his prime in San Diego he was as close to a sure thing as existed.
Man, all this talk of closers makes me want to hear these chords ripping through Target Field for the first time (hopefully next season!):