Hoffman announces retirement

Trevor Hoffman today announced that he has retired from playing Major League Baseball following a playing career that spanned 18 seasons, including parts of 16 years with San Diego.

Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 601 in 677 opportunities, Hoffman completes his career with a 61-75 record, 2.87 ERA (347 ER/1089.1 IP), .211 opponent batting average and 1,133 strikeouts in 1,035 relief appearances. The seven-time all-star (1998, 99, 2000, 02, 06, 07, 09) also finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting (1996, 98, 99, 2006) and in the top 25 in Most Valuable Player voting (1996, 98, 2005, 06) on four occasions each.

"Trevor is one of the most important and iconic figures in Padres history. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank him for all he has done for the Padres and the city of San Diego," said Padres Vice Chairman/CEO Jeff Moorad. "His accomplishments on the field are matched only by his contributions and dedication to our community. We are proud and fortunate to have him rejoin the Padres family."

Originally signed as a shortstop by the Cincinnati Reds out of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, Hoffman was then selected by the Marlins in the 1992 Expansion Draft and made his Big League debut with Florida in 1993. He was acquired by the San Diego Padres along with right-handed pitchers Jose Martinez and Andres Berumen in exchange for infielder Gary Sheffield and left-handed pitcher Rich Rodriguez on June 24, 1993 and made his Padres debut the next day.

Over his 16 seasons with San Diego, Hoffman compiled a 54-64 record with 552 saves in 618 opportunities (.893 save percentage), a 2.76 ERA (292 ER/952.1 IP), .211 opponent batting average and 1,029 strikeouts in 902 relief appearances.

A California native and San Diego resident, Hoffman has been heavily involved in the local community since joining the Padres in 1993. He has worked extensively with the National Kidney Foundation and Rady Children's Hospital, while also donating his time and resources to the Padres Scholars program, the San Diego Family Justice Center and numerous military outreach programs. Hoffman was named the local recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award on six occasions and was honored with both the Lou Gehrig Award and Teammates for Kids Award in 2006. In addition, he received the Hutch Award in 2005 and was named the 1999 recipient of the Padres Chairman's Award.

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