San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman heading to Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 21:29:56-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It's "Trevor Time," Cooperstown.

Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who just missed entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame last year by a slim margin, was voted into baseball immortality Wednesday. It was his third year of eligibility.

Hoffman will join longtime Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, and sluggers Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome in the Class of 2018 induction ceremony. Hoffman gained 79.9 percent of votes.

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The San Diego Padres tweeted video of the Baseball Writers' Association calling Hoffman to deliver the news:

Hoffman will join fellow Padres Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield in the Hall of Fame. Other players who played for the Padres now in the Hall include Roberto Alomar, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Greg Maddux, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry, Mike Piazza, and Ozzie Smith.

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler issued a statement following the Hall of Fame announcement:

"On behalf of the entire Padres family, we would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Trevor Hoffman and the Class of 2018 on being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Since 1993, when he donned a Padres uniform, Trevor has represented our organization and the City of San Diego with an incredible sense of class and dignity. Not only is Trevor the all-time National League saves leader, he is an even better human being, and we are thrilled that he will be enshrined in Cooperstown as a Padre next to the greatest players in the history of baseball."

Watch the results of the Baseball Writers' Association of America election announced on Facebook here:

Hoffman is the all-time National League saves leader with 601. He played for the Padres from 1993-2008, notching 502 saves for San Diego. He played the final two seasons of his career in Milwaukee, picking up his 600th career save with the Brewers in 2010.

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Hoffman's No. 51 was retired by the Padres in 2011. His number stands with Tony Gwynn's 19, Steve Garvey's 6, Dave Winfield's 31, Randy Jones' 35 and Jackie Robinson's 42 atop Petco Park.

In 2014, Hoffman became the ninth Padres player to be inducted the team's Hall of Fame.

Watch Hoffman deliver speech following the announcement in the player below: