So it was not surprising when Friarwire.com reported that the organization will induct the future Hall of Famer Hoffman into the Padres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on August 30th against rival LA Dodgers.
Hoffman is the ninth player elected into the Padres’ Hall of Fame which includes the likes of Buzzie Bavasi, Nate Colbert, Coleman, Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Randy Jones, Ray Kroc, Dick Williams, and Dave Winfield.
Compromised of a Hall of Fame committee of local sports writers and members of the San Diego organization, Hoffman, who spent 16 years of his 18 year career with the Padres, was unanimously selected into the hall at the end of the month.
Even though Hoffman was surpassed by Yankees great Mariano Rivera for most career saves, Hoffman helped redefine the closer’s role finishing off his brilliant career in 2011 with 601 saves and 2.87 ERA.
Hoffman’s devastating change-up left hitters looking foolish, but for Padres’ fans young and old, it was his presence coming out of the bullpen in the ninth inning to AC/DC “Hell’ Bells” that will forever be etched in the minds of fans young and old when he takes his place among the teams legends at the end of August.