Baseball’s all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has thrown his final changeup, deciding at age 43 to retire and return to the San Diego Padres in a front office job. Hoffman recorded 601 saves in 18 seasons, 15 1/2 of them with the Padres. Hoffman, who was converted from shortstop to pitcher in the minor leagues and was acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993 during the Padres infamous “Fire Sale” that stripped away most of their high-paid veterans. He left San Diego as a free agent following the 2008 season after contract talks abruptly ended, and pitched with the Milwaukee for two seasons.
Padres co-owner Jeff Moorad said Hoffman will spend the next year familiarizing himself with several departments, including baseball operations, and then the two sides will determine what area is best for him.
He became the career saves leader when he notched No. 479 at home on Sept. 24, 2006, breaking the previous mark of 478 by Lee Smith. He had 552 saves with the Padres.
I love my city and very proud of it, that’s why I continue to live here. I very much wish that there was a MLB franchise in San Antonio but there’s not. However I’m not denied the luxury of watching some of MLB future stars, as the San Antonio Missions are the Double A minor league affiliate to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres recently purchased by the Jeff Moorad and his ownership group that includes Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman have been in the last year doing transformation of their organization from top to bottom and that includes the San Antonio Missions. It was announced that Doug Dascenzo will be the new Manager for the 2010 season and joining on the field staff will be hitting coach Max Venable, pitching coach Glenn Abbott.
Dascenzo joins the Missions after three season as the manager of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, the Single-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Dacsenzo led the Tin Caps in 2009 to their first ever Midwest League Championship and Minor League best regular season record of 94-46. Dascenzo was honored as co-Manager of the year for the Midwest League in 2009. His overall record in his three seasons at Fort Wayne was 220-199 (.525).
Dascenzo played parts of seven seasons in the Majors with the Chicago Cubs 1988-1992, Texas Rangers 1993 and the San Diego Padres 1996.
Terry Kennedy, who has been promoted along with his entire staff of assistants to take over the Padres Triple-A club, the Portland, Oregon Beavers.
As always I will be in attendance when the Springfield Cardinals come through town, and that first stop looks to be in May.