Trevor Hoffman Wants to Continue Career Only as Closer

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As all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman ponders the future of his career in Major League Baseball, there is one thing he knows for sure: He only wants to continue pitching if he can do so as a team’s closer. If the right opportunity does not present itself, he plans to retire after 18 seasons and 601 saves.

 

He played the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. It does not appear the free agent will return as the Brewers have John Axford set to close. However, Hoffman has been “drawing interest” from multiple teams, according to mlbtraderumors.com.

 

Those teams are not named, but the club brought up most is the Arizona Diamondbacks. General Manager Kevin Towers held the position for the Padres during much of Hoffman’s time in San Diego, where he had the bulk of his success.

 

Towers has not yet spoken with Hoffman or his agent, but he did say “you’d be nuts if you didn’t at least consider somebody like Trevor Hoffman.”

2010 was a roller-coaster season for Hoffman. It was marred by early difficulties, but as the season wore on, he began pitching more like the future Hall of Famer he is.

 

“I’m coming off a tough year. I don’t know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate,” Hoffman told Barry M. Bloom, mlb.com columnist.

 

His agent, Rick Thurman, claims his client’s troubles were caused by tendinitis in his pitching arm.

 

“And when he got rid of that, he was lights out,” Thurman told Bloom.

 

On Oct. 7, Hoffman became the first pitcher in major league history with 600 saves. See the Oct. 2010 issue of Divergence magazine for more.

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