Trevor Hoffman made history tonight as he notched his 500th save tonight in the Padres 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping the Padres push the envelope and move into 1st place in the tough National League west.
The thing about Hoffman is that he has seemingly been doing this forever, and he’s still going strong. He could absolutely obliterate this record and put it so far out of reach that no one could ever touch it again in my grandchildren’s lifetime.
Another unbelievable factor about Hoffman is that he was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the amateur baseball draft. He put in one season with the Marlins who selected him in the expansion draft and used him in the bullpen during their inaugural season, and then headed to San Diego where he would grab the history books.
He’s known for the change-up, the leg kick, and Hells Bells by AC/DC when coming out of the bullpen. Now he’ll be known for being the only man to ever step on a baseball field that saved 500 games in his career.