Trevor Hoffman has thrown his last pitch.
The Cypress College alumnus and the man who saved more Major League Baseball games - 601 to be precise - than any other, announced his retirement today in San Diego, where he played most of his 18 seasons.
As he leaves the game, many experts have classified him as a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame inductee. Hoffman is eligible for induction beginning in 2016.
"He had it all in perspective," Cypress College Head Baseball Coach Scott Pickler said of Hoffman. "It wasn't an accident that he got his 601 saves. It wasn't an accident that he's the best reliever to ever play the game. It's not an accident that he's going to be in the Hall of Fame."
Hoffman was a shortstop for the Chargers in 1985 and 1986 following his graduation from neighboring Savanna High School.
Pickler said it was Hoffman's work ethic - above all else - that propelled him to such a lengthy and successful MLB career. He also recalled Hoffman as a dedicated student and noted that he revels in his role as a father.
"We talk about everything today because Trevor is retiring. About his 601 saves and he's going to be in the Hall of Fame and what he did," said Pickler, who has remained close with Hoffman through the years. "I think he's a better dad than he was a relief pitcher.
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