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Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save

Sep 7, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals tonight to pick up his 600th career save in front of the home crowd in Milwaukee.
Hoffman lost the closer job after struggling mightily early this season and his ERA is still north of 6.00, but he’s quietly pitched well for the past few months while picking up the odd save here and there.
After the third out was recorded on a ground ball to 40-year-old shortstop Craig Counsell the Brewers reacted as if Hoffman had thrown a no-hitter, which says a lot about how well-liked he is in the clubhouse. In a postgame interview, he thanked the fans and his teammates for sticking with him.
He may get another save chance or two down the stretch, but it might be nice to end his career with an even number like 600. Mariano Rivera at 555 is the only other pitcher in baseball history with more than 480 saves and no other active pitcher is over 420.
Not bad for a former minor league shortstop who converted to pitching at age 23 because he couldn’t hit and hasn’t cracked 90 miles per hour with his fastball in at least a decade.

  1. bbeer - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Atta boy Trev! Glad he could bounce back. As much as I like Axford, Hoffman is a true vet and more or less the man. Congrats man. Go Brew Crew.

  2. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 8, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    nice one trev! end your career in style.

  3. Omega - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    I have never rooted for any team he has pitched for, but I did gain a lot of respect for him during his stay with the Padres. His is a great story, one of those guys that really makes me appreciate and love baseball.
    I know Relief Pitchers often get overlooked in HoF voting, but Hoffman deserves a close look in 5 years.
    Hat’s off to a class act on an amazing milestone.

  4. maddog11896 - May 20, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Somehow came across this post 4 years later, and I still get goose bumps when I hear Hells Bells play. Two of perhaps the best games the Brewers have had in recent history, I’ve been to: Hoffman’s 600th save and Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. Morgan’s hit in the NLDS was a sudden coming forth of adrenaline, and I don’t think I’ve been any happier in my young life than from that moment. However, Trevor’s save still sends shivers up my spine. It wasn’t like Morgan’s hit, it wasn’t sudden. It was slow and steady, but Miller Park that night… it was perhaps the loudest I’ve ever heard it.

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