Trevor Hoffman Retires

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman told MLB.com's Barry Bloom that he is retiring. Hoffman walks away with 601 career saves, a 2.87 ERA and 1133 strikeouts in 1089 1/3 innings for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers. After 18 seasons in the big leagues, he says he's ready to call it a career.

"It's time to retire. It's time to move on," Hoffman told Bloom. "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."

It seemed possible that the Padres or D'Backs could sign Hoffman to play and he did draw some interest this offseason, but the 43-year-old is moving to a different side of the game. He will return to the Padres in a front office role.

The seven time All-Star agreed to decline the Brewers' offer of arbitration after the season. If he had signed a major league deal with another team, Milwaukee would have obtained a supplementary first round pick in this year's draft.


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191 Comments on "Trevor Hoffman Retires"


Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

You did a good job dude. Congrats.

JR_Tolls1
4 years 6 months ago

WOW, just like that its over.

So when will Rivera pass him?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

dont be so sure. a lot of things have to happen for that. its not exactly crazy to think that a player in his 40s is not injury prone. he could easily hurt his arm this year and never pass him. people talked about alex rodriguez like he would easily pass barry bonds and while thats still possible, its not a sure thing anymore.

4 years 6 months ago

2012 most likely. He only needs 42 more

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

only 42 more saves, sounds like a lock for 2011

DaBEARS2010
4 years 6 months ago

Mariano will pass in this yr sept 5th- sept. 25th

within those 20 or so games thats when he will pass Hoffman as the all time Saves Leader

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

He had one hell of a ride

zach_puke
4 years 6 months ago

oops, i thought this was the trevor hoffman thread? i guess i need to post my congrats to him in the mariano rivera thread?

MLB_in_the_Know
4 years 6 months ago

Great career, consistent production throughout his career, hopefully Cooperstown bound.

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t argue with 601 saves. Great career but as a Yankee fan it will be great to see Rivera become the all-time save leader or at least he should.

FirstNameGreatest
4 years 6 months ago

Good. Now hopefully Mo can eventually take over for his deserved spot at the top of the saves list.

4 years 6 months ago

Just for this Comment I hope Mo doesn’t get it.

4 years 6 months ago

Haha exactly. I hate Yankee fans.

4 years 6 months ago

I don’t hate them, there are a few that actually know and love baseball. Most are super biased, arrogant, and other things that aren’t family friendly. All fans are biased to a point, but they seemed to be 10 times more than a normal fan.

4 years 6 months ago

Better start writing your Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Speech!

Todd Smith
4 years 6 months ago

Never know with some of the idiots out there that have ballots.

Vote_For_Pedro
4 years 6 months ago

Exactly a writer in Pittsburgh said he did not vote for robby alomar because he spit on an ump. Now while i agree that is a bad offense its not the hall of morality its the hall of fame and he had a great career deserving of the hall. The steriods era has nothing to do with morals its all on how it helped boast the stats of players making them get millions of dollers more than they would have without PEDs. Sorry but i had a feeling someone would bring up Steriods when i mentioned morals so i just beat them to the punch.

deere5800
4 years 6 months ago

“Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
Direct from the BBWAA website. A player’s integrity, sportsmanship and character counts. Now I agree that although Alomar’s incident was ugly and showed very poor character, one incident shouldn’t discredit what was otherwise a great and classy career.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

There are quite a few big names in Cooperstown that skim that integrity and character line pretty closely. I’d even go as far to say that if the truth were entirely known that they would have been ineligible for induction.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

There are quite a few big names in Cooperstown that skim that integrity and character line pretty closely. I’d even go as far to say that if the truth were entirely known that they would have been ineligible for induction.

4 years 6 months ago

Is this the same nut (writer) that left Jason Heyward off of his ROY ballot in favor of Neil Walker and Jose Tabata?

kidsmoke96
4 years 6 months ago

What’s the Brewers’ compensation for a Type B FA joining another team’s front office? A supplemental second rounder?

Just kidding…congrats on a great career, Trevor. You have approximately 5 years to hone your acceptance speech for Cooperstown.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

HOF no doubt. what a career. from miami, to san diego, and to finish it all off in milwaukee.

EdinsonPickle
4 years 6 months ago

Great man, great pitcher, Hall of Famer. Enough said.

4 years 6 months ago

Great pitcher but 0% chance of first ballot HOFer just because of the competition and they never vote in more than 3 guys per year. 2014: Maddux, Frank Thomas, Glavine, Kent, Mussina
2015: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martines, Smoltz, Sheffield, Delgado
2016: Hoffman, Griffey maybe Chipper
and by then he wont be the all-time saves leader. It will take him a while to get into the HOF, probably in the 2020s

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Well first off Mussina should not be in the hall, good pitcher but by no means a great pitcher. Secondly, considering the recent trends in voting, Shef is a long shot to get in.

Even if he isn’t holding the save record by the time his vote comes up, he’s still the first pitcher ever to record 600 saves. There would be a bit of outrage if he doesn’t get in on the first try.

jagteq
4 years 6 months ago

If Blyleven is a HOF, then Mussina will be too. He surely won’t be a 1st balloter, and it will probably take several years before he makes it, but he will.

Sheffield and Delgado are not the locks one would think they would be. They will likely take just as long as Mussina.

Hoffman, however, clearly deserves to be in the HOF, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was 1st ballot. It should take him no more than 5 years on the ballot to get in (at least, if the voters were sane).

But, then again, even though there isn’t any evidence or any real reason to suspect it, there’s always the chance that the writers will be suspicious that he did steriods for some reason and not vote for him. Because they’re that stupid.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

Hoffman has a very good chance of entering the Hall in 2014. Maddux and Glavine are pretty much a given . Mussina is not a HOFer and will not go in on the first ballot for sure.Thomas is borderline as is Kent and both had issues with the media, so neither are a good bet to enter on the first ballot. Hoffman deserves to be elected on the first try.

4 years 6 months ago

Thomas is borderline?

I’m going to have to stay away from HOF discussions on this site, according to this thread.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

I think a lot of power hitters from this age are borderline simply because of guilt by association. Thomas and Bagwell have fairly similar career stat lines yet Bagwell didn’t even come close. I think Thomas should get in, but I have to wonder if on the first few ballots the voters will shy away from power hitters.

4 years 6 months ago

I stopped reading at “Thomas is borderline”. You lost a lot of credibility for those few words, bro.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

Thomas is sure fire HOFer to Chi Sox fans everywhere. Not automatic everywhere else.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

thomas will get in based on the fact that he is one of the true power hitters, who had a good career average and an amazing career obp and slg and was clean the entire time and was a huge voice against roids.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

Thomas may indeed get into the Hall. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that he wasn’t a great player, just that he’s not an automatic HOFer. If you look at his numbers for his last 6-7 years, they’re not exactly HOF credentials. He seemed to just compile stats more than anything else.His glove work was never anything great, which is why he became a full time DH later.He had problems with the press, which may affect the voting, so that’s why I feel he’s borderline. He compares with Albert Bell, though not that he was ever the jerk Bell was, but as the numbers go. A better similarity would be Jim Rice, who waited years before making the Hall.

4 years 6 months ago

Thomas’s numbers dwarf both Rice’s and Belle’s. It’s not even close.

4 years 6 months ago

Rice played in a different era and Belle was Manny Ramirez before Manny became Manny. If you’re trying to diminish Belle, then you never saw him play. He was one of the top 2 or 3 hitters in both leagues for 5 years +.

The only reason Frank Thomas has better counting numbers is that Belle had a career-ending injury right after he hit 30. Thomas continued as a slogger until age 40.

Frankly (no pun intended) I’d be tempted to vote for Belle bofore Thomas.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

The Hall has averaged only 1 first ballot hall of famer since 2000. A couple of the years have had multiple and some none. I’d say Maddux is a safe first ballot guy, but maybe not Glavine…or too many other players for that matter. First ballot guys have been Robin Yount..George Brett…Ozzie Smith. The writers seem to draw a distinction between the first ballot and subsequent ballots.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

The Hall has averaged only 1 first ballot hall of famer since 2000. A couple of the years have had multiple and some none. I’d say Maddux is a safe first ballot guy, but maybe not Glavine…or too many other players for that matter. First ballot guys have been Robin Yount..George Brett…Ozzie Smith. The writers seem to draw a distinction between the first ballot and subsequent ballots.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

randy-yes, pedro-yes those two probably 1st ballot at worst 3rd ballots…maddox-obviously 2nd ballot likely. Thomas-should be 1st ballot at worst 4th.he was clean the entire time(the thing that will hurt him for some stupid reason he was a DH for a huge chunk of his career) Kent-probably but his attitude for most of his career will turn some voters away(wrong i know but these guys feel like the mlb moral police when in reality they are given votes to vote for hall of famers not guys they like)

Hoffman will for sure on 2nd at worst ballot- he may not be the all time leader by the time mo is done but he was the first and his other numbers are amazing. girffey maybe not same with chipper…

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

randy-yes, pedro-yes those two probably 1st ballot at worst 3rd ballots…maddox-obviously 2nd ballot likely. Thomas-should be 1st ballot at worst 4th.he was clean the entire time(the thing that will hurt him for some stupid reason he was a DH for a huge chunk of his career) Kent-probably but his attitude for most of his career will turn some voters away(wrong i know but these guys feel like the mlb moral police when in reality they are given votes to vote for hall of famers not guys they like)

Hoffman will for sure on 2nd at worst ballot- he may not be the all time leader by the time mo is done but he was the first and his other numbers are amazing. girffey maybe not same with chipper…

4 years 6 months ago

There are only 5 relievers in the HOF and the magical 300 save plateau has been broken by the likes of Roberto Hernandez and Doug Jones in recent years.

600 saves is impressive but it speaks more to longevity than dominance. Compared to all of the closers in the past 20 years, is Hoffman the dominant guy? He needs to be because that’s where the bar has been set by the past HOF relievers.

I think he’s in the second tier because of the lack of rings. Rivera is a lock. Smoltz is a lock considering the 300 saves and his track record as a starter. Hoffman I’m not sold on. He only led the league in saves once or twice – without the all time lead at vote time, I think he gets bumped down a notch.

4 years 6 months ago

A first ballot HOF’er. Can’t say that for many people can you. Congratulations Trever for having a great career and being a role model both on and off the field. Cooperstown awaits you !

Yanksfan2010
4 years 6 months ago

Hoffman is going to a first round in MLB Hall of Fame. He is first player in the history of the game to have 600 saves. I have no doubt he will be in the hall of fame in five years. Amazing Job

invader3k
4 years 6 months ago

He definitely deserves to be in first ballot. He is also extremely well respected and well thought of throughout the game. That always helps with the voters.

bosox21
4 years 6 months ago

Great career. It’s a shame he pitched on so many bad teams and only had 13 IP in the post season. HOFer nonetheless.

4 years 6 months ago

most of those bad teams were the Padres…

bosox21
4 years 6 months ago

Yes I know. I just meant it would have been cool to see both him and Rivera, the two best closers of all time, dominate in the playoffs. From everything I’ve seen and read he seems like a real stand up guy. You can’t help but root for the good guys.

4 years 6 months ago

Well Griffey is will go in first ballot in 2016, and Chipper might be in that class to take votes away also. Smoltz will also probably be a holdover from the previous year and will take some of Hoffman’s votes. If you pay any attention to the way the voters actually work you would realize hes not going in first ballot, even if he deserves it.

invader3k
4 years 6 months ago

They can vote for more than one guy.

leachim2
4 years 6 months ago

Smoltz is first ballot.

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

First Kris Benson, now Trevor Hoffman. This is a really tough day for MLB

4 years 6 months ago

Am I going to be the only Brewers fan to say this came a year late?

invader3k
4 years 6 months ago

After his stellar 2009 season and proven career track record, it was pretty hard to see him blowing all those early saves in 2010 like he did. Anyone who says they saw it coming is a liar.

4 years 6 months ago

well, there goes the Jays closer of the future.

4 years 6 months ago

I still half expect him to sign a one day deal with San Diego during spring training so he can retire a Padre.

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 months ago

That would be sweet!

4 years 6 months ago

Lee Smith was the first player to reach 400 saves he will be on his 10th ballot next year and has never had more than 50% of the vote.

MilwaukeeBravesFan
4 years 6 months ago

Lee Smith BLEW over 100 saves!

4 years 6 months ago

Your point? Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, and Bruce Sutter all had over 100 blown saves and they made it to the HOF.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

They did it throwing 3 innings as well.

Red_Line_9
4 years 6 months ago

They did it throwing 3 innings as well.

MilwaukeeBravesFan
4 years 6 months ago

Lee Smith vs Hoffman’s career as a closer… not even close IMO.

4 years 6 months ago

Also Hoffman will one day end up being part of the rare HOF for HOF trade, he was traded for Gary Sheffield, among others.