The Milwaukee Brewers have sent Trevor Hoffman through waivers and are currently looking for a buyer for the future Hall of Fame closer. Currently, there are no takers for the all-time saves leader and it doesn’t look like a destination will emerge for Hoffy.
What does that mean for the 42-year-old best closer of all-time? It means that most teams obviously feel that Hoffman’s carrer as a solid pitcher are behind him. And it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
This has, without a doubt, been the worst of Hoffman’s 18 seasons in the bigs. He has appeared in 46 games, pitched 43.1 innings and has allowed 46 hits, 30 earned runs, eight home runs and 19 walks while striking out just 29 hitters. He currently has a 2-7 record, a 6.23 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, eight saves and five blown saves.
For an example of how far he’s fallen, last year Hoffman pitched 54 innings with a 1.83 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, 37 saves and only four blown. He gave up just 35 hits, 11 runs and two home runs. That’s a huge swing in the span of less than a year.
Hoffman currently has 599 career saves and will likely get a chance in the last month of the season to notch No. 600. After that, there’s really no reason for him to stick around any longer.
It’s obvious that Hoffman’s stuff isn’t even close to what it was even two to three years ago. He’s one of the great hurlers of his generation and continuing to limp along just wouldn’t be his style.
Hoffman should get No. 600, retire, come back home to San Diego and be some kind of representative for his real team, the Padres.
Hoffman doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone. He’s one of the most respected ballplayers in all of Major League Baseball. He’ll be 43 by the time spring training rolls around in 2011. It’s time for Hoffman to ride off into the sunset and wait for Cooperstown to call.