Hoffwan wins 2005 Hutch Award

Trevor Hoffman has been named the 2005 recipient of the Hutch Award, a tribute given annually to the Major Leaguer displaying "honor, courage and dedication to baseball both on and off the field."

Trevor Hoffman, who last season re-established himself as one of Major League Baseball's top closers after missing most of the 2003 season following shoulder surgery, has been named the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Hutch Award.

"Trevor's dedication off the field matches his prowess on the field and was key to his selection," said Jody Lentz, co-chair of the Hutch Award Committee.

2005 marks the 40th year of the Hutch Award. The Hutch Award was created in 1965 to honor the late Fred Hutchinson, former Detroit Tigers pitcher and manager of the Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. Hutchinson died of cancer at age 45. Hutchinson won 95 games as a pitcher for Detroit, and managed the Cincinnati Reds in their World Series win in 1961.

Last year, Trevor and Tracy Hoffman hosted special guests in their personal dugout seats for over 30 Padres home games during the inaugural season at PETCO Park in downtown San Diego. Guests that had the opportunity to sit in these exclusive seats behind home plate included military families of deployed service men and women, the San Diego Teachers of the Year and patients from Children's Hospital and other local health organizations.

Hoffman, who lost a kidney as an infant, also continued his "Trevor's Kidney Kids" program in which he visits with children with kidney ailments during batting practice and then the families watch the game from his dugout seats. Hoffman is also the national spokesman for "Kids First in Sports," is the Major League Baseball co-chair of The BigBam! Foundation and is involved with Garth Brook's Touch 'em All Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Hoffman is one of the top closers in the history of baseball with 393 career saves, which ranks second among active pitchers and third overall on the all-time saves list. Two shoulder operations forced Hoffman to miss most of the 2003 season. In 2004 Trevor returned to pitch a full season for the first time since 2002 and recorded his sixth season with at least 40 saves to extend his Major League record.

A four-time All-Star, Hoffman owns the Major League record for consecutive 40-plus save seasons with four (1998-2001) and has six 40-plus save seasons overall. His most successful year came in 1998, when Hoffman went 4-2 with a career-high 53 saves and 1.48 ERA (12 ER/73.0 IP). His season helped the Padres reach the World Series for the second time in team history.

The formal presentation of the Hutch Award will take place on January 19. Trevor's Kidney Kids: Having lost a kidney as an infant, Hoffman has been involved with the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation, and now Children's Hospital Nephrology, since 1996. Throughout the season, Hoffman hosts "Trevor's Kidney Kids," who are kidney patients, to a special baseball experience. The patients come early to watch batting practice, visit with Hoffman, and get autographs and pictures. Hoffman and his wife Tracy then provide their personal dugout seats (exclusive membership seating behind home plate with a private restaurant and in-seat service) to watch the game from the best seats in baseball. For his work with kidney patients, Hoffman was honored by the San Diego Combined Health Agencies as the Health Hero of 1997.

Military: Hoffman has had a long-standing relationship with the local branches of the armed services. As a tribute to both his father's and father-in-law's military service, over the years he has visited San Diego-area military bases, purchased hot dogs and sodas for all the Marine recruits that come to games throughout the season (approximately 3,800 recruits hosted in 2001). In 2002 and 2003, he hosted families of enlisted men and women who are currently serving our country overseas (provided over 3,000 tickets over 2 years). In 2004, Hoffman is hosting military families in his dugout seats each home stand in addition to the Kidney Kids.

Education/Literacy: Hoffman is a generous supporter of the club's Padres Scholars program, and makes several appearances year-round at local libraries promoting reading to children. In addition, Hoffman has played host to teachers (his mother was a substitute teacher), by purchasing tickets for San Diego County District Teachers of the Year and Board Certified Teachers for four years in a row (over 500 tickets per year, 2002-2003), and provided his personal dugout seats to the County District Teachers of the Year in 2004.

Kids First in Sports: Hoffman is the national spokesperson for Kids First in Sports, an organization that is dedicated to reintegrating sportsmanship and fitness into youth sports.

Touch 'em All Foundation: Beyond his own programs, Hoffman participates in Garth Brooks' "Touch 'em All" Foundation, in which professional athletes make a performance-based financial pledge, which is then matched by the entertainer and a corporate sponsor to benefit a charity.

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