His wife may not have the same assets as the partners of other recent retirees, but Trevor Hoffman’s retirement from baseball yesterday is even more noteworthy. The all time saves leader decided to hang up the cleats after eighteen seasons, 601 saves and 856 games finished (not to mention a lack of interest from potential employers this offseason). It’s widely assumed that Hoffman will have no trouble getting into the Hall of Fame.
It’s time to retire. It’s time to move on. 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.
Perhaps the most interesting news to come out of Hoffman’s retirement was that the San Diego Padres offered their former closer the chance to sign and appear in uniform one last time before he left baseball for good. He declined, but the gesture wasn’t lost on the player who left the Padres in 2008 under less than happy terms.
Sometimes you have to take a step back. I understand that some of it is about baseball being a business, but I don’t really want to rehash all that. There’s been a turnover of people there who wanted to reconcile and I’ve been cool with it. A couple of years definitely makes a big difference.
Hoffman plans on spending the first part of his retirement hanging out at PETCO Park, learning about the other side of the game from within the Padres front office. A post-playing career in baseball operations may not be too far away, and if he’s half as successful at that as he was on the field, MLB team’s would do well to be aware.
Hoffman’s career advanced numbers are what most pitchers would consider their best ever year: 9.36 K/9, .216 OPAVG, 1.06 WHIP and a 3.08 FIP.
And The Rest
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