Yankees' Rivera hints at retirement

Yankees' Rivera hints at retirement

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera said Monday he's made up his mind on whether 2012 will be his last season, but will keep his decision private for now.
MLB: New York Yankees 6, Minnesota 4

MLB: New York Yankees 6, Minnesota 4

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Mariano Rivera became the all-time saves leader and Curtis Granderson hit his 41st home run of the year Monday in the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over Minnesota.

MLB: New York Yankees 7, Toronto 6

TORONTO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Curtis Granderson socked a go-ahead homer and Mariano Rivera tied a saves record Saturday in the New York Yankees' 7-6 comeback win over Toronto.

MLB: New York Yankees 3, Seattle 2

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Mariano Rivera earned his 600th career save, and his 41st of the season, by nailing down the New York Yankees' 3-2 win over Seattle Tuesday.

Rivera nears saves record

SEATTLE, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is just two saves away from the major league saves record.
All-time saves king Hoffman retires

All-time saves king Hoffman retires

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- All-time major league saves leader Trevor Hoffman said Tuesday he is retiring after a stellar 18-year career as a relief pitcher.

MLB: Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 2

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Trevor Hoffman recorded his 600th career save Tuesday and preserved the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-2 win over St. Louis.

MLB: Cincinnati 5, Milwaukee 4 (10 inn.)

CINCINNATI, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Jay Bruce's 10th-inning single scored Brandon Phillips with the winning run Monday, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 win over Milwaukee.

MLB: Colorado 6, Milwaukee 5

DENVER, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Troy Tulowitzki delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, propelling the Colorado Rockies to a 6-5 win over Milwaukee.

MLB: Arizona 7, Milwaukee 4 (10 innings)

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Stephen Drew drove in the go-ahead runs with a 10th-inning single Monday and the Arizona Diamondbacks downed Milwaukee 7-4.

MLB: Milwaukee 5, Houston 2

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Rickie Weeks's inside-the-park homer and George Kottaras's solo shot carried the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros Saturday.

MLB: Florida 6, Milwaukee 4

MIAMI, June 1 (UPI) -- Jorge Cantu and Ronny Paulino combined to knock in three runs during a seventh-inning rally Tuesday, giving the Florida Marlins a 6-4 win over Milwaukee.

Brewers' Hoffman benched after blown saves

PITTSBURGH, May 19 (UPI) -- Struggling Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman will be temporarily benched to consult with coaches about his blown saves, manager Ken Macha says.

MLB: Cincinnati 5, Milwaukee 4

CINCINNATI, May 18 (UPI) -- Scott Rolen hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and Joey Votto's RBI single won it for the Cincinnati Reds, who rallied to defeat Milwaukee 5-4 Tuesday.

MLB: Milwaukee 2, San Diego 1

SAN DIEGO, May 2 (UPI) -- Yovani Gallardo fanned 11 batters over seven innings and hit a home run Saturday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 2-1 win over San Diego.
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Trevor Hoffman
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman pitches in the 9th inning against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park in San Diego on April 7, 2007. Hoffman shut out the side and the Padres beat the Rockies 3-2. Hoffman was the winning pitcher with the Rockies Manny Corpas taking the loss. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Trevor William Hoffman (born October 13, 1967) is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed relief pitcher. During his 18-year career from 1993 to 2010, he pitched for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, and the Milwaukee Brewers, spending 15 1⁄2 years of his career with the Padres. A long-time closer, he is the Major Leagues' all-time leader in saves with 601, having broken the previous record of 478 held by Lee Smith. He was the first player ever to reach the 500- and 600-save milestones.

Hoffman played shortstop collegiately at the University of Arizona, where he displayed a strong arm, and was drafted in the 11th round by the Cincinnati Reds. After not having much success batting, Hoffman was converted from an infielder to a pitcher, throwing up to 95 miles per hour (mph). The Marlins, an MLB expansion team in 1993, drafted him from the Reds. After making his MLB debut that year in Florida's inaugural season, Hoffman was traded mid-season to the Padres in a trade that sent All-Star third baseman Gary Sheffield to the Marlins. Though initially unpopular with Padres fans, Hoffman became the face of the franchise after Tony Gwynn's retirement. He claimed the closer role in 1994 and recorded 20 saves that year. He maintained the role for the Padres for the next 14 years while recording at least 30 saves each year, except for 2003 when he missed most of the year recovering from two shoulder surgeries. After the Padres retracted their contract offer to him before the 2009 season, Hoffman pitched the last two years of his career with the Brewers before retiring after the 2010 season.

Hoffman was selected to the All-Star Game seven times, and twice he was the runner-up for the National League (NL) Cy Young Award. He retired with MLB records of fifteen 20-save seasons, fourteen 30-save seasons (including eight consecutive), and nine 40-save seasons (including two streaks of four consecutive). He also retired with the highest career strikeout rate of any reliever (minimum 1,000 innings pitched). Though he entered the majors with a powerful fastball, an injury after the 1994 season permanently sapped Hoffman's fastball velocity and forced him to reinvent his pitching style; he subsequently developed one of the best changeups in baseball. "It's a tough situation throwing a change-up in the ninth inning, unless you've got Trevor's changeup," closer Billy Wagner said. Hoffman is considered likely to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, where only five other relievers have been inducted.

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