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My First Time – Trevor Hoffman – April 6, 1993

My First Time – Trevor Hoffman – April 6, 1993

The Setting – Joe Robbie Stadium.  Miami, Florida.

From Hoffman – ‘I made the team out of Spring Training, but I didn’t get into a game until Game 3.  I was the last guy out of the bullpen to see action.  My mom, my dad, my brothers were all there – and of all teams to open up with, it was my hometown Dodgers’.

The box score – Dodgers 4, Marlins 2.  Hoffman faced just one batter with two outs and the bases loaded.  He struck out Eric Davis.

 

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

If you missed my last list, I showed off the ‘Top Ten’ baseballs I would like from players that are in the Hall of Fame.  If you want to re-visit that post, you can do so by clicking here.

For this round, I will show you the ‘Top Ten’ guys in the recently retired list that I would like to go after as well.  And while I plan on waiting to attack until I can get the HOF inscription, I am still eager to go after these guys.

And while some of these players may not get into Cooperstown unless they buy a ticket, they will all (hopefully) make an appearance in my signed baseball collection!!

So, here we go….

Honorable Mentions – Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Trevor Hoffman, Andy Pettitte, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, and Curt Schilling.

10 – Mike Lowell

9 – Barry Larkin

8 – Roger Clemens

7 – Tom Glavine

6 – Randy Johnson

5 – Craig Biggio

4 – John Smoltz

3 – Frank Thomas

2 – Ken Griffey Jr.

1 – Greg Maddux

Nice list, huh?

I snuck in a few guys like Lowell and Schilling.  And while I don’t belive that either will be highly considered for membership at the Hall of Fame, I do really like them and respect their careers.

Next up – the ‘Top Ten Signed Baseballs I Would Like Of Active Players’.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!!!

Voting For 1: Trevor Hoffman OR Andy Pettitte

Voting For 1:  Trevor Hoffman OR Andy Pettitte

OK, so I realize that nobody is holding a gun to your head.  And I also realize that if you had a vote as a member of the Baseball Writer’s of America that you can make your own decisions and either vote for both, one, or neither of these two recently retired pitchers.

But this is blog-land, and here we force issues, make up stories, and love our sport.

So, my question for you tonight is simple – If you had to pick one, and only one of these guys, would you vote for Trevor Hoffman or Andy Pettitte to be enshrined at Cooperstown??

Within the last few weeks, I have debated the issue for each player and their potential candidacy for Hall of Fame election in five years.  If you want to recap those great posts, you can read the one I did on Trevor Hoffman by clicking here, and then follow that up with my Andy Pettitte story here.

But now, putting their careers on paper and side-by-side I would love to see which way the pendulum swings when you are forced to cast just one vote.

Here are their respective numbers:

  Hoffman Pettitte
Wins 61 240
Losses 75 138
Saves 601 0
K’s 1133 2251
K’s/9 IP 9.4 6.6
ERA 2.87 3.88
All-Star 7 3
Cy Young (2)2nd Place (1)2nd Place
Seasons 18 16
Playoffs 4 13
WS Titles 0 5

And while I fully understand that it is not easy to compare a starting pitcher to a closer for multiple reasons, I think that you can easily match these guys up to the current crop of recently retired pitchers to compare numbers and make a decision.

So that is what I will ask you to do now – Make a decision.  And once you have, please leave a comment on this post so I can get your thoughts and tally up the votes.

And since I was the one who started this debate, I will cast my vote now…

Keeping you scrolling…

Andy Pettitte.  Of the two, I find him to be the more accomplished pitcher when it comes to winning.  And while I absolutely value the role of the ‘closer’ more now than what I did five years ago, I still don’t have a single ‘Trevor Hoffman Moment’ that I hold in my memory.  His numbers may be better, but to me Hoffman is second-fiddle to Eckersley, Rivera, Gossage, Fingers, and Lee Smith.  And while Pettitte cannot touch Palmer, Seaver, Ryan, or Gibson, he has won more than all of them – and that says a lot.

Pettitte 1, Hoffman 0.

Cast your vote now!!!

Is Trevor Hoffman A 1st Ballot Hall Of Famer??

Is Trevor Hoffman A 1st Ballot Hall Of Famer??

With the recent announcement that Trevor Hoffman is retiring from major league baseball, it is a lock that he will join baseball’s elite stars in Cooperstown.

But is he worthy of the ‘1st Ballott Entry’??

I have gone back and forth over the value of a closer for most of the time that I have been a baseball fan.  And during my generation, we have statistically seen some of the best closers that the sport has ever had.

But where does Hoffman fit into that class?

Great question, right?  Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we…

OK, getting the obvious out of the way – Hoffman retires as the game’s all-time saves leader.  With 601 saves during his 18-year big league career, Hoffman recorded more saves than any other player in the history of the sport. 

Does that mark alone grant him entry during his first year of eligibility?  Many will say yes, but for this fan, I see that 601 mark as a sign of consistent performance and injury-free play before I see it has him dominating the game.

A closer look at his 18-year career reveals 1 season with at least 50 saves, 8 seasons with at least 40 saves, and another 5 seasons with at least 30 saves.  While these numbers are solid – and worthy of recognition, the circumstances by which they were earned put Hoffman into a position to ‘pad his stats’.  If the San Diego Padres play in a lot of close games that are decided by 3 runs or less, obviously Hoffman is going to pick up a lot more save opportunities.

Let’s look at his win-loss record.  61-75 is way below-par.  In fact, a record like that would be cause for a demotion to the minor leagues in most cases.

And when it comes to ERA, Hoffman sports a career number of 2.87.  2.87 is solid for a guy starting 40 times a year while hurling for more than 200 innings, but is that a strong number for a guy that typically will face 3 batters or less per game?

Hoffman is a 7-time All-star.  He has 4 Top 10 finishes for the Cy Young award, including 2 runner-up finishes.  He led the league in saves twice during his playing days.

So, is Trevor Hoffman a 1st ballot Hall of Fame player?

For me, the answer is no.  I save that tag for the most elite player – a la Rickey Henderson or Tony Gwynn.  I think he will get a lot of consideration for entry during his first year of eligibility, but I don’t think he’ll capture 75% of the vote the first time out. 

He will be enshrined at Cooperstown, I have no doubt about it.  But personally, for me, I love the thought of keeping the players that gain entry during their 1st year to a very limited and select few.  Watering down that core group should not happen as it will just open the gates and erode the special meaning that being a 1st ballot player should be.

What do you think?  Which side of the fence are you on??

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires at 43

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires at 43

SAN DIEGO (AP)—All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman(notes) is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres’ front office.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed that he is done after recording 601 saves in 18 seasons.

Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993. He left San Diego as a free agent after the 2008 season and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

MLB.com first reported Hoffman’s retirement.

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

The 2010 baseball season is now over, and there were some incredible highs and so terrible lows during the year.  But, the memories etched in our memories during the last 162 games will last for a lifetime!

This is the final post of this series.  We will look back at the possible achievements that I thought would be the biggest stories of the season and see which ones were obtained and which ones will never happen.

For the Final Edition, all of my comments will be in Red.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

He did it again – for 14 years.  With 30 homers and 125 RBI, A-Rod put himself in very rare company!!!

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Oh, yeah!!!  214 hits gives Ichiro 10 straight years of 200 or more hits!!!

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

You bet he will – 32 home runs to be exact.  And he also collected over 100 RBI for the first time in his career too…

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

A-Rod will start the 2011 baseball season with 613 career dingers.  #700 should come some time during the 2014 season.  But who’s counting???

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Hardly a challenge, Damon tallied 146 hits on the year giving him 2,571.  3,000 is three years away – can he do it??

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper only played in 95 games in 2010 – and fell 10 hits short of the mark.  I’d love to see him come back and go after it in 2011.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

Jones reached #400 prior to the All-Star break.. He ended the year with 407.  I wonder if 500 is a possibility for the 33-year old…

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman appeared in 50 games and recorded just 10 saves.  But he did capture #600.  We’ll see how many more he can snag before calling it a career.

The 2010 baseball season was full of fun and drama.  I hope you will agree that we saw some fantastic, and some horrible too, baseball.

I cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!!!

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We are now 3/4 of the way through with the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in BLUE.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

A-Rod is sitting with 17/88.  The 100-RBI target does not look like it will be a problem.  30 HR’s is a longshot at this point.  25 is too…

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Ichiro needs 56 hits in his last 50 games to reach 200.  This record could be in serious jeopardy.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

After a strong two weeks, Uggla is at 25 and just 5 away from 30.  Can he add another season to the record books?  I think so!!

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

A-Rod hit #600 two weeks ago.  He is the youngest player to reach 600 career home runs.  When will #700 come??

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Just 13 hits to go.  Up next?  Cooperstown!!!

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

Amazingly, Hoffman has collected just 1 save since the halfway mark of the baseball season and is still 3 away from 600…

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

We are now headed into the final stretch?  Who will emerge victorious and who will falter?  Stay tuned!

Which one are you most excited about

Halfway Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Halfway Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We’re roughly 1/2 of the way into the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in GREEN.

____________________________________

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

Catching Up: Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Catching Up:  Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We’re roughly 1/4 of the way into the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in RED.

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Which one are you most excited about seeing??