Results tagged ‘ Trevor Hoffman ’
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!):
Three new free-agent signings this week I wanted to comment on…
1. Jason Giambi is going back to the Oakland A’s. After spending a bunch of years with the Yankees, the big man is going back to his roots. I’ll never forget that Sports Illustrated cover (pictured above) showing the grease-ball Giambi and thinking “whoa…this guy is crazy”. I became very jaded towards Giambi when his name kept popping up in the steroid scandals of the past decade, but I now have much more respect for him, as he is the ONLY player I can think of who has come clean.
2. Trevor Hoffman signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Hoffman is a no-brainer first ballot Hall of Famer, but he may be on the down-slope of his career. By and large he’s still a pretty good closer, but he is beginning to fail a bit too often in those pressure-packed situations.
3. John Smoltz is now a member of the Boston Red Sox. If healthy, Smoltz can dominate a game basically wherever you put him (starter, reliever, closer, etc.). Of course, keeping him healthy is another matter entirely…