Legendary Padres closer Trevor Hoffman inducted into Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN (KUSI) — San Diego Padres legend and former MLB all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

Hoffman was the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to reach 500 saves and 600 saves. He is currently second all-time with 600 saves. He held the all-time saves record from August 2006 to September 2011 when Yankees closer Mariano Rivera surpassed him.
Hoffman played 16 seasons with the Padres and boasted an ERA of 2.87 over his 18 season career in the Majors.
Hoffman was a key part of the 1998 Padres team that made it to the World Series. The team has not returned to the World Series since.

Hoffman was nominated into the Hall of Fame in his third time on the ballot. The seven time all-star fell just five votes short of the 75% threshold needed for induction last year. Hoffman garnered 79.9% of the votes this year.

Hoffman was well known around the league for his late-inning dominance on the mound, but perhaps ever more recognized for making a grand entrance.

When AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” played, everyone in San Diego knew it was Trevor Time. When Hoffman would enter the game to close it out for the Padres, the atmosphere in Petco Park became electric.

After one of the greatest careers in San Diego Padres history, it is finally Trevor Time in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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