TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Arizona Wildcat legend Trevor Hoffman was selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.
Hoffman, an 18-year Major League Baseball veteran who played at Arizona from 1988-89, will be the first Wildcat alumnus to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hoffman received 79.9 percent of the vote from the National Baseball Writers Association of America. Hoffman fell five votes short of induction in 2017, but got over the 75 percent threshold this year.
He will be formally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 29 in Cooperstown, New York, alongside Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome.
A member of the San Diego Padres for 16 of his 18 seasons, Hoffman saved 601 games, which established a National League record. His 601 saves are second all-time to Mariano Rivera. He was the first pitcher in the history of the game to reach 500 and 600 saves, respectively. For his career, Hoffman had a 2.87 ERA in 1,089 1/3 innings pitched with 1,133 strikeouts. He was a seven-time All-Star and four times finished in the top six of the National League Cy Young Award voting.
A 2011 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Hoffman allowed 6.99 hits per nine innings, which is the seventh-best mark ever among pitchers with at least 1,000 career innings. His 9.36 strikeouts per nine innings rank 11th all-time, and he successfully closed out 88.8 percent of his save chances, which is the third-best rate among closers with at least 300 saves.
One of the most prolific relievers in baseball history, Hoffman was an infielder in college. He arrived at Arizona prior to the 1988 season from Cypress Junior College. In his first season in Tucson, Hoffman led the team in batting with a .371 average in 56 games. He had 11 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 45 RBI as a junior.
Hoffman was a first-team All-Pac-10 South selection for the Wildcats the following season. He batted .284 with 13 doubles, six home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI. He played on a team littered with future major leaguers including J.T. Snow, Kevin Long, Alan Zinter, Damon Mashore and Scott Erickson.
Following the 1989 season, Hoffman was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round as a shortstop. But by 1991, Hoffman was moved to pitcher, where he saw his career take off as one of the top pitchers in the game.