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Hoffman one save shy of all-time record

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    September 22, 2006
    SAN DIEGO (Ticker) - Trevor Hoffman's next save will be extra-special.
    Hoffman recorded his 477th career save Thursday, leaving him only one behind Lee Smith for the all-time record. The 38-year-old Hoffman worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to seal the San Diego Padres' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also benefited from a stellar defensive play from center fielder Mike Cameron, who chased down a fly ball off the bat of leadoff hitter Eric Byrnes.
    It was the NL-leading 41st save for Hoffman, who owns the major league record with 11 30-save seasons. The righthander has reached the 40-save plateau eight times in his career, including a personal-best 53 in 1998.

    "The focus is what this means to the ballclub," Hoffman said. "It's a dog fight and these games are much more important to win than getting a save." Hoffman converted both of his save opportunities in the series after blowing an opportunity in Monday's 11-10 defeat against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    "It's going to be a big moment for all of us and I'm sure for him," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hopefully, he can do it here at home."
    A five-time All-Star, Hoffman's most infamous moment in the midsummer classic came in July, when he blew the save in a 3-2 defeat to the American League, which consequently will have home-field advantage in the World Series.
    But that meltdown was just a small blemish for Hoffman, who is 0-2 with a 2.02 ERA in 60 games this year. He is a big reason the Padres (80-72) sit one-half game ahead of the Dodgers (80-73) for first place in the National League West Division.
    Smith registered 478 career saves with eight teams from 1980-97. He had 10 30-save seasons and three 40-save campaigns, including a career-high 47 with the 1991 St. Louis Cardinals. However, he is not in the Hall of Fame.
    Updated on Friday, Sep 22, 2006 2:52 am EDT
     
  2. turbo_turtle

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    :icon_banana: :icon_banana: :icon_toast: One more to tie the record and one more after that to take the record I love it.:icon_toast: :icon_banana: :icon_banana:
     
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    As has been pointed out, hopefully it'll happen during the series this weekend vs Pittsburgh:) :tup:
     
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    Shhhh....my boy. :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    Must be bye week if Trumpie's postin over here!!:lol
     
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    I thought Philip was your boy...:icon_eek: You really get around. :icon_eek:
     
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