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The merits of voting closers into HOF

Traditionalists wrinkle their nose, old-timers gripe and complain, and some writers refuse to vote for them, but the debate over whether closers belong in the Hall of Fame will continue.  This year, the ballot adds two names to the list who were solely closers (zero career starts between them), Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner. For the younger folks who don’t remember these guys...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman among new names for MLB Hall of Fame

There are some pretty big names enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. From Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth to Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter, there have been some big names placed into the Hall of Fame and we now know some of the names that are on the ballot for this year. ESPN released the list of fifteen new names that join the seventeen returning names from last year’s ballot...
Via Campus Sports Net
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Hoffman: A Complicated First Ballot

The fine folks at the BBWAA have three major stumbling blocks when it comes time to casting their vote – designated hitters, possibly tainted players from the Steroid Era, and relief pitchers. Luckily, the voters have at least one of each to fret over this year! Trevor Hoffman joins Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, and Jeff […]
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman Join Mike Piazza on 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot

Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and former Met closer Billy Wagner headline the new class of candidates on the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot which was just announced today. Among the other newcomers on the latest ballot are Garret Anderson, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Luis Castillo, Troy Glaus, Mike Lowell and Mike Sweeney. This year’s ballot includes: Garret Anderson Brad Ausmus...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  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

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

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

The Trevor Hoffman (Memorial?) National League Reliever of the Year Award

Yesterday news broke that MLB will be re-naming their top closer award’s the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award and the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award for the two  respective leagues. I was confused by this. And I’m not talking about the extremely long title for both. I love Trevor but naming the NL reliever award after him is...
Via Padres Public
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Notes: Philadelphia signs Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league deal

Keeper of the legendary namesake and former nightmare of Trevor Hoffman's slumber, Tony Gwynn Jr. has reached an agreement on a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. As first reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the contract is believed to contain an invitation to spring training though official confirmation is pending.#Phillies sign minor league free agent...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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