SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Once Trevor Hoffman's name was read, San Diegans lit up social media.
Major League Baseball's latest Hall of Fame inductee has a special place in San Diegans' hearts. From his time pitcher shutout innings for the San Diego Padres to his work off the field in the community, Trevor Hoffman is described as a "Hall of Fame person."
Now, Cooperstown is recruiting another of San Diego's favorites.
The National League saves leader was announced as part of the class of 2018 inductees Wednesday. In his third year of eligibility, Hoffman gained 79.9 percent of the vote.
San Diego sports personalities and writers were quick to show why Hoffman is so beloved:
Congratulations to #51! Trevor Hoffman, always a Hall of Fame guy, but now it's official. A Hall of Famer who will forever be enshrined in Cooperstown! A class guy, now in a class of greats! ⚾️
— Mark Grant (@Mudcat55) January 24, 2018
Thrilled for Trevor and his family. Thrilled for Padres fans everywhere. Looking forward to celebrating all season long!
— jesse agler (@jesseagler) January 24, 2018
Congrats to Trevor Hoffman. There's no one better to represent Baseball than Trev.
Very proud to call him a San Diego Padre and friend.
Enjoy the moment, it was well deserved.⚾️👍
— Randy Jones (@RJBBQ35) January 24, 2018
Congratulations to the great #Padre now Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman! Simply a wonderful day for the organization and every Padres fan. A great player and a man of incredible character and integrity. So happy for Hoffy and his family
— Ted Leitner (@TedLeitner) January 24, 2018
Here's an example of why so many people are thrilled for Trevor Hoffman: pic.twitter.com/bKf8fHCQro
— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) January 24, 2018
— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) January 24, 2018
— Don Orsillo (@DonOrsillo) January 24, 2018
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) January 24, 2018
And of course, teams received the move as a welcomed addition to baseball's hall of immortality:
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 25, 2018
— San Diego Gulls (@SDGullsAHL) January 25, 2018
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) January 24, 2018
The @SanDiegoSockers send their congratulations to @THoffman51 on being selected to the @baseballhall . A well-deserved honor! #YouWereCommitted #SanDiegoPadres @Padres #TrevorHoffman @MLB #soccerinsd #soccerinSanDiego @MASLArena #MLB #MLBHOF pic.twitter.com/cDTPY3Z0Jq
— San Diego Sockers (@SanDiegoSockers) January 25, 2018
RT to congratulate @THoffman51 ,one of the greatest ever, on his Hall of Fame induction! One lucky fan wins a ball signed by one of the @Padres best ever! #HOF2018 #Storm #UnitedWeStorm #LakeElsinoreStorm #milb pic.twitter.com/Wau1ro8clM
— Lake Elsinore Storm (@Storm_Baseball) January 24, 2018