Trevor Hoffman‘s time with the Florida Marlins was brief, but he was an original member of the inaugural 1993 squad. Later today, he’ll be enshrined with the Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.
Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow, along with Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome. Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell will also be enshrined after being elected from the Modern Era ballot.
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Hoffman’s “Similar Pitchers,” according to baseball-reference.com, include Lee Smith, Francisco Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera. Smith and F-Rod have not been honored in this way as of this time, but Rivera is likely a first-ballot slam dunk for the 2019 class.
Hoffman joins Ivan Rodriguez, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, and Mike Piazza as Miami Marlins members of the Hall of Fame, although only Rodriguez spent a significant amount of his prime with the team. Rodriguez helped the Florida Marlins to their second World Series Title in 2003, slashing .297/.369/.474 with 16 homers and 85 RBI in 144 games for the Fish that season.
Aside from “Pudge,” “The Hawk” came closest, appearing in 121 contests for the Florida Marlins in 1995 and 1996, and slashing .261/.306/.430 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI. Piazza, famously, spent a grand total of five games with the Marlins before they flipped him to the New York Mets.
For his part, Hoffman got into 28 games for the Marlins in 1993, and went 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA, despite a 4.95 FIP which indicates that he was the recipient of a good deal of above-average fielding. Of Hoffman’s 601 career saves, his first five were with Florida. He struck out 26 in 35 2/3 innings, with a 1.206 WHIP. On June 24th of that season, the Marlins traded Hoffman with Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez to the San Diego Padres for Rich Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield.
Of course, Hoffman built his legacy on his time with the Padres. He saved 552 games for San Diego over 16 seasons with the club, notching a 2.76 ERA and a 1.043 WHIP across 952 1/3 innings. He closed his career by saving 47 more games for the Milwaukee Brewers over two seasons starting in 2009.
As for a player who spends most of his career with Miami and then someday gets into the Hall, who knows if he’s on the team now or has already departed. Who do you think the will represent the Miami Marlins uniform in Cooperstown someday?
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