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Trevor Hoffman HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 12, 2013
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Trevor Hoffman

Trevor Hoffman HOF     One of the most esteemed and well respected student-athletes in Wildcat baseball history, surprisingly suring his time at Arizona, shortstop Trevor Hoffman led the Wildcats in hitting in 1988 and in 1989 and had a .371 batting average, which was 35 points better than his fellow teammate J.T. Snow. In 1989, he was selected by his team to be Co-Captain with teammate Kevin Long. In addition, he was selected to the First-Team All-Pac-10. Trevor was known for his spectacular defensive plays and his fierce throws to first base. Then teammate J.T. Snow says that Trevor had one of the strongest arms he's ever seen in college or in the major league. His college teammates also remember Trevor was always teasing then Pitching Coach Jim Wing if he could go pitch in the bullpen. No one knew then what we know now. In 1989, Trevor bypassed his senior year when he was selcted in the 11th round amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds where he was soon converted from shortstop to pitcher. The Flordia Marlins picked him up in 1993 where he made his MLB debut during the Marlins' inaugural year in the league. However, the right-handed pitcher played the majority of his legendary career with the San Diego Padres striking out opposing batters with a masterful mix of powerful fastballs and devestating change-ups. Trevor pitched more than 1,035 games during a professional career that spanned more than two decades and was selected for the All-Star Game seven times and was twice the runner-up for the Cy Young Award. Trevor Hoffman was the all-time leader in saves, with 601 in total from 2006 until 2011. He announced his retirement after the 2010 season and this summer the San DIego Padres retired number 51. Known as the consummate professional and very likely to be etched along the game's greatest in Cooperstown, where only five other relievers have been included.