Hoffman named NL Fireman of the Year

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Well-Known Member
Dec 17, 2005
San Diego
Hoffman named NL Fireman of the Year

10/10/2006 3:14 PM ET
By Amanda Branam / MLB.com

Awards and accolades are always nice, but when they are voted upon by your peers in the business, they usually hold even more meaning.
It has been another season full of awards for Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, and deservedly so. Hoffman now stands alone as the all-time saves leader in Major League history. Due to another tremendous season by the 38-year-old, his colleagues, 296 of them from the National League, voted Hoffman as the The Sporting News' National League Fireman of the Year, an award based on saves and wins in 2006.
Of the Padres' 88 wins this season -- needing every one of them to take the NL West title by tiebreaker over the Dodgers -- Hoffman closed the door on 46 of them, the second-most saves he's recorded in his 13-year career. He led the National League in saves, and he trailed the American League leader, Francisco Rodriguez, by just one. The Angels closer won the AL Fireman of the Year Award.
Hoffman only blew five save opportunities all season, three of those coming in July. That means that out of the other five months of the regular season, Hoffman was unable to convert only two other save opportunities.
It was yet another season of remarkable consistency for Hoffman, but even more impressive was that he seemed to get better as the season wore on, despite the fact that his 39th birthday on Oct. 13 was approaching.
He converted 17 of 18 saves, including 10 of 11 in September, over the last two months of the season. The division race remained heated until the last day of the season, when he earned his 46th save.
Hoffman also had a stretch of five saves in seven games, which included the final two regular-season home games, where his saves led to a sweep of the Pirates. Hoffman tied Lee Smith for the all-time saves record of 478 on Sept. 23, the first of those two home games. The next day, a Sunday afternoon, Hoffman found himself in an identical situation: the Padres were up, 2-1, over the Pirates. He came into the ninth and set the Bucs down in order to take his place atop the all-time saves list.


Well-Known Member
Nov 16, 2005
Clearly, there was no other closer even close!!

Congrats Trevor!!