Two baseball greats with San Diego ties were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
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He played the bulk of his 18-year career with the Padres before retiring with the Milwaukee Brewers. Hoffman closed out his speech by thanking his wife.
“You shared with me this amazing journey of ups and downs from the beginning, always never letting me get too high or get too low,” he said. “I love you.”
Hoffman started at shortstop for the Padres but after a lackluster three seasons, he switched over to the bullpen and became a star. Throughout his career, he recorded 601 saves, second only to former Yankees star Mariano Rivera’s 652.
He was also a standout at Arizona as a shortstop for the Wildcats. Hoffman led the team in hitting in 1988 and 1989, making the First-Team All-Pac-10 with a .371 batting average.
Also making it to the Hall of Fame was Kearny High School alum, Alan Trammell. After seven years being on the ballot, Trammell was finally selected in December. His teammate pitcher Jack Morris was also inducted.
A star shortstop, Trammell first joined the Tigers in 1977 and spent his entire career with the team. He retired in 1996.
He was the 1984 World Series MVP, hitting .450 and helping to defeat his hometown San Diego Padres in the process.
Together with Lou Whitaker, Trammell was formidable with the double play. Both were called up by the Tigers on the same day.
“For 19 years Lou Whitaker and I formed the longest running double play combination in the history of baseball,” Trammell said. “Lou, it was an honor and a pleasure to have played alongside you all those years. I hope someday you’ll be up here, too.”
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