Today the Padres announced that Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 30th. The induction will take place during a pregame ceremony.
Hoffman will be the ninth player to be inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame, joining Buzzie Bavasi, Nate Colbert, Jerry Coleman, Randy Jones, Ray Kroc, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn.
“I’m thrilled to be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame,” Trevor Hoffman said in a statement. “To be able to join a group of people whose contributions have not only shaped our organization, but also strengthened the game of baseball, is an honor.” Via-nbcsandiego.com
Earlier this season Trevor Hoffman was also honored along with fellow closer Mariano Rivera, as Major League Baseball announced in April the that it is renaming their annual top reliever award for the best reliever in the American and National league after Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, spending 16 season with the Padres.
In his first major league season in 1993, Hoffman after earning two saves with the Florida Marlins was traded to the San Diego Padres for Gary Sheffield during the Padres 1993 fire sale.
This turned out to be the the greatest trade in Padres history, as Trevor Hoffman became not only the best pitcher in Padres history, but the greatest closer in baseball history. In 2006 Hoffman became the all-time Major League saves leader, breaking Lee Smith‘s record of 478. Trevor Hoffman finished his career with 601 saves as the all-time saves leader, until he was surpassed by Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman.
Hoffman after retiring in 2010 joined the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant, had his number retired by the Padres in 2011 and was promoted to Padres upper-level pitching coordinator and special assistant to the general manager this season.
This is a good move by the Padres as with the loss of Tony Gwynn and Jerry Coleman, Hoffman is now the face of the Padres and after all the pain the fans have suffered this season, having a ceremony to honor Hoffman will be something to cheer about.