Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Second-Best Closer of All Time Retires

Padres great and Brewers pitcher Trevor Hoffman announced his retirement today, ending an 18-season, Hall of Fame career. Hoffman, the all-time leader in saves with 601, had his best season 1998 when he helped the Pads reach the World Series with a 265 ERA+ and a career high-tying 4.0 WAR. The righty struggled last season with Milwaukee, posting a 5.89 ERA and allowing 68 base-runners in 47 innings pitched, but through 2009 was the most dominant closer in the game not named Mariano Rivera. Now I'm not about to take anything away from Hoffman, but

Time for me to stop talking about Trevor Hoffman

Greatest closers of all time

1. Mariano Rivera
73. Trevor Hoffman and others

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