Part 4 of our Hall of Fame ballot series: a very small ballot
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This will be Trevor Hoffman’s 3rd year on the ballot which makes it the perfect time for him to get inducted. Hoffman was known as one the top relievers of his day and there is hardly anything to disprove that. Hoffman is a 7-time All Star and a two-time Rolaids Relief Award Winner. Through his 18 seasons with 4 teams, (most of his years were with the San Diego Padres), he proved himself to be a dominant pitcher. In any situation in late innings, this is the man you want to give the ball to.
Trevor Hoffman was no doubt a lights-out pitcher that posted 601 saves and 1,133 strikeouts. When it comes to thinking of the top MLB closer obviously you have two guys that come to mind. There’s Mariano Rivera and there’s Trevor Hoffman, not only was he the face of the Padres for the entirety of his career, but also a legend among pitchers. Maybe three times is the charm to get Trevor Hoffman in the Hall of Fame.
Moving onto the topic of PEDs and all of that I don’t believe they should be allowed. I’m not griping on Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens, I just don’t believe they deserve to be in the Hall. We all know this argument will get bigger once A-Rod is eligible so it’s best if the BBWAA decides now on how they all feel as one on that subject.
I truly did wrestle over with who I was going to pick on my ballot. I realize that we can pick up to ten but I saw no point. That being because the men I put on my ballot are those who I believe not only have a chance THIS year, but also deserve to be in the Hall.