The Last Call for ‘Trevor Time’

One of my favorite, not to mention classiest, sports figures of my lifetime reached a huge milestone this week, as Trevor Hoffman recorded the 600th save of his career.

Too bad the accomplishment did not seem to get a lot of national attention, and the game itself wound up being talked about more for a manager, two players, and a fan being ejected by ‘Balkin’ Bob Davidson.

For his troubles for whatever his motive was to heckle Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina from his seat behind the on-deck circle (reports cited a homophobic slur), the fan was handcuffed and brought to the Miller Park ‘Police Command Post’ (a place that I’ve somehow never visited in the ten years the stadium’s been in existence), and was given a disorderly conduct ticket, while the fan publicly proclaimed his innocence and suggested that Molina get some ‘tougher skin’.

I hope Yadier was worth at least the price of that. Myself, if I was in that seat I would stay quiet, well except I’d yell to Yadier that I can beat his brother with the Rangers in a footrace. And I’m not kidding, never mind that my 40-time these days is measured with a sun-dial…

But I’d like to get back to Trevor, because I was sorry to miss #600.


With the Brewers and Padres being the two teams I personally follow, TH51 had become my icon, and suddenly I was even a fan of AC/DC. The role of a ninth-inning closer in baseball is among the most precarious in sports, along with NHL goaltender and NFL kicker, even the best are just a few bad outings away from being demoted to set-up man, Jonathan Broxton is just the latest who can attest to this.

For 15 years, Trevor did the job mostly at an elite level in San Diego, he had become the Brett Favre of his craft, and eventually baseball’s all-time saves leader. But by 2008 the Padres were in a cost-cutting rebuilding mode, and had it’s heir apparent in Heath Bell waiting in the wings. Management made the highly unpopular move of cutting Hoffman loose, leading to his spending the past two seasons in Milwaukee.

The national feedback I got after Hoffman got #600 was that he was just hanging on to get to that number, and that Hoffman takes a back seat to Mariano Rivera. New York City twitter-er/blogger Amanda Rykoff was among those who expressed that.

And I understand where OCD Chick is coming from: she’s a Yankee gal, and Mariano is her guy. Just like Trevor happens to be mine. But Trevor did not cling on to a major league roster spot to merely reach a milestone.

Just last season Trevor saved 37 of 41 games in one of his best campaigns ever, finishing with a 1.83 ERA with opponents just hitting .183 off him. All expectations were that even at age 42 Hoffman would be a solid closer again this year.

The best laid plans of mice and men didn’t work out that way. Hoffman had a horrible first month of the season, leaving the Brewers with no choice but to at least temporarily go with other option. Out of that situation the organization had the good fortune to find a new closer in John Axford, a diamond in the rough who was drafted in the 42nd round out of high school and not at all out of college.

It was a transition that Hoffman handled with true class, just like everything else in his career, even going as far as serving as a mentor to Axford. As is the case with his older brother, there is a coaching or front office job in Trevor’s future if he so desires.

But there was still that pesky #596 number that was collecting dust above the center field fence at Miller Park. Hoffman had settled down working in a set-up role, the team was out of contention, and Axford could use some rest on some days. Thence, the Brewers did the right thing finding a way to get Hoffman some opportunities, and more importantly reach the milestone in Milwaukee, where he has become nearly as beloved by fans (despite this year’s struggles) as he still is in San Diego.

Hoffman would had been just fine finishing at 596; his career, legacy, and eventual Hall of Fame resume would have remained intact. But those last four saves were not given by charity. In 19 appearances since the All-Star break Hoffman has had a solid 2.60 ERA.

Although he is the all-time saves leader, this isn’t about Trevor Hoffman being considered the best reliever in the history of Major League Baseball. And I don’t think Trevor could be accused of pulling a Rickey Henderson when he humbly took the mic after Tuesday night’s game. This is about someone who is among the all-time greats in his craft, and has been a credit on and off the field among his peers.

If you want my personal vote, Mariano Rivera is the best of modern times, has the best resume, and the good fortune of playing for a contender his entire career. The only blips in clutch situations would be Game 7 of the 2001 World Series along with Games 4 and 5 v. the Red Sox in 2004. Other than that the man has been money and has handled his duties with the same grace as Hoffman.

I don’t even know if Trevor deserves to ranked #2. Bruce Sutter had a split-finger back in the day that I thought should have been deemed illegal. Then there was Rollie Fingers and Mike Marshall with the Dodgers, and also Billy Wagner, who is currently bowing out of his superb career with the Braves.

And Hoffman has had his bad moments, especially in recent years. He was cuffed around that final season in San Diego in 2008. The previous fall he had two chances to nail down a playoff spot for the Padres; the first chance he could not close out was in Miller Park (irony #1), giving up a game-tying triple to Tony Gwynn Jr. (irony #2), before spitting the bit in Colorado in the Wild Card tie-breaker game two nights later.

When Mariano Rivera (currently at 555 saves) chases down Hoffman’s record, I will give it due respect, I will give Rivera his accolades even if he somehow doesn’t get to 600 and change. But right now, I just want to acknowledge and cherish the last call of Trevor Time.

About Kurt Allen

Have written/blogged about sports since 2000, along with starting my popular Twitter feed in 2009. I also closely follow fantasy sports developments, along with events such as the NFL Draft.


  1. Great piece. He is classy and was as dominant as anyone — including Rivera — in his prime. Sans one inning in the 1998 WS, Hoffman was incredible in the playoffs too. Last I checked, Rivera has a bad inning in game 7 of the 2001 WS that cost his team a title and ended a dynasty as well.

    And even if Trevor retires with, says, 605 saves, will Rivera catch him? That's the boring, expected and lazy cliche from NY fans who cannot see past the Hudson River (like Amanda and many of my friends), but Mariano will be about 40-45 behind Trevor when 2010 is over. Figure Rivera gets maybe 35 next year (he's on pace for that this year). but at age 42-43, will the Yanks keep him on to get the final 10-15 saves in 2012? No guarantee.

    Again, spectacular piece, Kurt. You nailed all angles in fair and accurate fashion.

  2. Saves are a minor stat. I would like to see these so called "closers" come in a game like a real relief pitcher, such as bases loaded & no outs.

  3. Solid article. I have always liked him as a player since his days in Florida.

  4. Great piece Kurt. Sometimes Twitter doesn't allow actual conversation. I think Hoffman has been a great closer. It just seemed like this season has been about hitting the number. I also took issue with John Smoltz's statement that he's the greatest of all time. I'm not saying it's Mariano (though a strong argument can be made). For the record, i am able to see past the Hudson River. I consider myself to be a baseball fan above all.

    Do I have a Yankees bias? If you've watched Mariano pitch for 15 years like I have, it's natural. And admittedly I didn't get to see Hoffman pitch too much because he was out west and the only times I saw him was the 1998 World Series and in All-Star Games.

    Nice piece and congratulations to Trevor Hoffman.

    • Something I should of mentioned in the article. Before Saturday night, Mariano was having one of the best statistical seasons yet. Even after tonight the ERA is still only 1.36. Funny that all I'm reading at this moment are 'what's wrong with Mo' tweets. What have you done for me lately??

      I'm glad you mentioned Smoltz. Didn't close long enough to be considered 'best ever' in closing or even as a pitcher period.. But he was a warrior who gutted out some major arm issues late in his career. In particular I recall him just grimacing on the mound while closing out a playoff game v. Cubs in 2003. He just didn't hype his ailments to boost his ego (unlike Curt Schilling and a certain NFL QB).

      And I know you indeed see past the Hudson, you do enough road trips to attest to that!!

      Thanks for the kind words Amanda…

  5. on fire monk,. how do you are able to your favorites???. =/. haha im dumb.

  6. where is the best site to complete a blog page, blog tips be pleased. thanks for help. sam i actually tried get the blog yet seems no thread, check it out.

  7. How to reduce the amount of feed headlines in Blogger?

  8. How can i change opera from knowing how my fb info?

  9. my blog is a link on my web homepage and I would like it to show the articles from the blog? Any suggestions?

  10. Hi there everyone,.. We are thinking of buying a new pc to run an Adobe CS4 Suite. Let just state the Master bedroom. I’m mostly going to become running Premiere, Illustrator and Photoshop. I would like a computer that is going to completely master without any complications whatsoever. Cost is not an issue, I want to do that right… I would like the computer to run as many applications I need simultaneously flawlessly without slowing down or crashing. Any ideas?.

  11. I want to start a blog page on myyearbook but i cant discover the box on my profile.. I have made sure i have checked the box to exhibit my latest blog in the deal with profile boxes section.. But it still wont show up.. Please help.. Is there any other way to start your blog?.

  12. I’m seeking to spike my journalistic profession and thought that all a blog page might be a good suggestion. But We also realize that there are ways to arranged up a paypal account attached to your blog for payment to read this or contribute. I guess I was inspired by the movie Julia and Julie and I wish to do it on my own. Any suggestions on how to begin?.

  13. How to transfer firefox bookmarks from one laptop to another notebook?

  14. How I Can make my content copyright runs? Who is authorized agency meant for copyright articles?

  15. I would really like the methods, ideas, or websites that can help me begin a website that I can make cash off of companies advertising onto it? Any help websites or ideas approach start 1 and what I need to begin one… Very much appreciated..

  16. I recently got a blogspot pertaining to my mixtapes that I published but when We search my DJ name (even full url), it doesn’t appear in the google search. Can it take about a week for it to appear or do I need to pay to have it to appear?.

  17. The first piece is geotagging each article on some sort of map… The second piece is meshing those points on a map with other people. Essentially we would like several people of all of us to provide improvements regularly and post their particular locations towards the same map..

  18. Where can i obtain hindu religious Joomla themes for hindu temples?

  19. Usually I do not read article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  20. I do not even know the way I ended up here, however I believed this post was great.

    I do not understand who you’re but definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger if you are
    not already. Cheers!

  21. I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  22. From where to begin blogging? Recommend good blogging websites and also warm topics to write blog on.?

  23. I want to possess a magic formula blogspot web page, but some people I understand have been capable of find my URL with a Google search… can there be a way I can prevent this? I don’t want one to be able to realistically find the URL unless of course I make it for them… (Please don’t claim that I switch to another blog site. ).. Thanks!.

  24. Every code I actually try possibly leaves a huge gap at the top of the page, or at the bottom of the web page. Its definitely that code causing this.. I’ve tried so many codes trying to conceal the websites & extended network, but they all leave a white gap possibly at the top or at the bottom.. Anyone got one which doesnt cause the white gap? Or how to take away the white difference?.

  25. I recently do a system restore on my computer and also have yet to reload my antivirus software. Apparently somewhere along the process something known as Antivi took over my pc and I can’t do anything, not even get to my task manager to end the program. Any guidance?.

  26. I just bought business strategy pro, but I still don’t quite understand how to estimate/compute the start-up costs pertaining to starting a business, in my case an online business in that. Is there a site that can assist me? Any recommendations? Thanks.

  27. Hello… I would be grateful for tips on creative writing copywright issues… When submitting poems, short stories, novels, or features to publishers and literary agencies to consider for syndication, is it an idea to protect the copywright?.. If so , precisely the best way to do that?.. Thank you beforehand… bgscotty.

  28. Is it safe?. More secure than facebook or myspace?. Can you use facebook or myspace layouts for it?. How outdated do you how to be to have one?.. Make sure you answer as many as possible. Thanx: ].

  29. I would like to start a blog page where I can talk to people and have them respond to my blogs. Not really myspace or facebook. We tried blogger but the only blogs I really could find were about global warming and guns. I want some exactly where that I can open a free account and state what I as well as people react to my blogs and I can respond to there is. If anyone may help me that might be great!.

  30. How do I remove an image from my tumblr sidebar?

  31. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  32. Anytime i start a video call/ web cam/voice call on messenger, skype, google talk, bing messenger, my computer totally freezes, and provides an echo. I have to restart it physically. Sometimes it comes with a blue display, and this restarts by itself.. I was using Windows vista, and this scenario existed after i had XP on this computer. What is definitely wrong? Equipment problems? There is no virus discovered after i scanned the computer with Kaspersky..

  33. Will there be a service obtainable that geotags blog posts while on the go and is in a position to post to map with others?

  34. I have read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make such a fantastic informative web site.

  35. I already have a degree so I have a tendency need the credit. We don’t desire to pay out a ton of money for it, yet I do wish an actual course with real assignments. Which is creative composing as in HYPE. Thanks for your help. A class on the Northside would be great..

  36. What hosting sites allows my blog page to make cash off offers being placed on my blog page?

  37. It is extremely annoying in my experience that Chrome always starts mp3, wmv files, mpg and opther document types in the web browser window. Is there a way to arranged it to always open up these documents in winamp, VLC gamer, or other things?.

  38. I have a brand-new filming and editing businesses in which I actually run.. Its not a big popular job so I need to advertise this by making a web site. How do I start a site thats not too expensive and its easy to use?.

  39. We are apart of a commitee that is trying to start a clothing company. I was in charge of designing the clothing website since for at this time you can just order stuff online. But I was simply wondering how do you start a website for a clothing company? Exactly what are some good website places to sign up for a website..

  40. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I think I might by no means understand. It seems too complicated and extremely vast for me. I’m taking a look forward for your next put up, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  41. Normally I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice article.

  42. Just bought a new laptop, not sure whether there is a method to take firefox bookmarks from old notebook to new laptop… Thanks a lot..

  43. When is it time to purchase a new pc?.. Some people I have talked to told me the good to purchase a new computer every two years however that could be expensive for most people. I always thought every 4-5 years… What is your opinion on this?.. The computer I own is 11 several weeks old?.

  44. It’s arduous to seek out knowledgeable individuals on this topic, however you sound like you already know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  45. I am typically to running a blog and i actually respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and preserve checking for new information.

  46. Should I submit a composing portfolio to Columbia College or university if I plan on being a creative writing main?

  47. Almost 3 years ago, my old pc had many bad viruses and poor pop-ups. I use some documents left on that pc and I did not discover them for nearly three years back. I question I should to see my old documents again that I can connect to my new computer to old pc. That is definitely problem that I is afraid which bad viruses can come to my new a single from previous one. Please let me know how i could get my old files move from my older computer to my fresh computer with out bring bad viruses to my fresh one?.

  48. I want 2 set up wordpess through a webhost….. i understand i have to download wordpress but whats a great host to go with? after i arranged up a merchant account with a web host, how hard is the established up before I can begin building a site? and finally, can i still import the free wordpress templates?.

  49. On my friend’s blogs they possess added me personally on their blog page rolls, but mine constantly sits at the bottom of the list and does not list when I post like it does for others. Is this a environment that I need to change or is this a choice that they have produced?.

  50. What is the difference between a Creative Composing major and a Creative Composing concentration?

  51. I just uncovered using Joomla for powerful website design but feel the limitation on use of web templates is a major minus. I believe it should be possible to use my own template in the style. Anyone help?.

  52. Blogger/Blog*Spot passes shows the newest (recently updated as the default setting) 25 head lines or what others contact as post titles. My question can be how can I increase/decrease the number of all those headlines because I think they’re too many..

  53. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  54. Trusted Site with regular withdrawal

  55. We believe that music obsession serves as a surrogate for lost human bonds. Songs can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation. Regular Future House mixtapes published each and every Wednesday. Hear us out on HulkShare!

  56. We believe that music addiction serves as a surrogate for lost human bonds. Songs can pierce one’s heart directly; it takes no mediation. Weekly Progressive House mixtapes posted each and every Wednesday. Listen to us on AudioMack!

  57. Excellent way of telling, and good post to get information about my presentation subject, which i am going to deliver in website: dafabet

  58. Hi there very cool web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally? I’m satisfied to search out numerous useful information right here in the post, we’d like work out extra techniques on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  59. Hi there, I discovered your website by way of Google at the same time as searching for a similar topic, your site got here up, it appears good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks. Hello there, just changed into alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I am going to be careful for brussels. I will be grateful for those who continue this in future. Numerous folks shall be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  60. I must show some appreciation to the writer just for rescuing me from this type of incident. Right after looking through the the net and finding solutions which are not powerful, I thought my entire life was gone. Living devoid of the strategies to the issues you’ve fixed as a result of this report is a crucial case, and the kind that could have in a negative way damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across your web site. The natural talent and kindness in playing with a lot of things was tremendous. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not come upon such a step like this. I can at this moment look forward to my future. Thank you very much for the reliable and amazing help. I will not be reluctant to endorse your web blog to anyone who will need guidance on this area.

  61. The sweetness of these blogging engines as well as CMS platforms can be lacking limitations in addition to easier manipulation that allows designers for you to put into practice abundant written content along with skin’ the web page such that together with almost no energy one could in no way notice exactly what it truly is doing your website beat many without having constraining written content and success.

  62. I have read so many articles about the blogger lovers but this piece of writing is genuinely a good article, keep it up.

  63. Hello. excellent job. I did not anticipate this. This is a excellent story. Thanks!

  64. I like what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve included you guys to our blogroll.

  65. This page definitely has all the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  66. We make the outdoor lighting complimenting the inner pool design and the pool area as well as being water resistant. You’ll be able to acquire Xtreme No muscle builder supplements for guys on the internet by finding sites that have it available. They can usually take the idea of the home you have in your head and make it a reality.My blog post; Builders southend

  67. I got what you intend,saved to fav, very decent website.

  68. Hi , I do believe this is a great website. I stumbled upon it on Yahoo , I am
    going to come back once again.

  69. wh0cd662144 purchase strattera

  70. the TV Stands that i bought online is made of lighweight aluminum, i like aluminum because it can be anodized.,

  71. There are actually lots of particulars like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice level to bring up. I provide the ideas above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up the place a very powerful thing will probably be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round issues like that, but I’m sure that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both boys and girls feel the impression of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  72. Naturally, when you make your own beats online, there are limitations as to what you can do. Depending on the age and power of your computer system you will have varying results.

  73. I came across your blog internet site on google and check a few of your earlier posts. Continue to keep up the extremely good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my Windows live messenger News Reader. Seeking toward reading much more from you afterwards!?-

  74. I love reading through an article that will make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

  75. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  76. I just like the helpful info you supply for your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and test once more right here regularly.
    I am relatively sure I will be told many new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

  77. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking through this article
    reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept
    preaching about this. I will forward this article to him.

    Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  78. Hi there, I think your website may be having internet browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Other than that, wonderful site!

  79. This is the perfect site for anyone who wants to find out
    about this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject which has been written about for many years.
    Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

  80. “Thanks for sharing this article. Discovered your website through a friends blog – very informative and entertaining.”

  81. These two better settle their score now before everything ends up burnt!

  82. These two sure know how to enjoy a movie!

  83. This has to be the happiest couple on planet Earth!

  84. Nothing makes him more happy than reading a newspaper underneath a tree.

  85. Nothing is more relaxing than eating chocalate!

  86. This is what the future holds for kitty cats.

  87. Doctor bite right into a chococlate bar.

Speak Your Mind