Trevor William Hoffman (October 13, 1967-) suffered kidney damage as an infant and was unable to participate in the more physical sports such as football and wrestling, and was therefore steered towards baseball. Growing up, he excelled as a shortstop at every level and eventually played for the University of Arizona. His powerful arm and fielding ability were highly touted, but his bat was a little weak, despite leading the Wildcats in hitting in 1988 with a .371 average. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Trevor in the 11th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft, sending him to the minors, but quickly converting him to a pitcher with a fastball touching 95 mph. The Florida Marlins then took the unprotected Hoffman with the eighth overall pick of the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft utilizing him out of the bullpen in 1993 before shipping him to the San Diego Padres that same year for All-Star Gary Sheffield, among others. It was during his 16 years in San Diego that Hoffman not only established himself as the Padres closer, but one of the premier closers in the National League. During the strike-shortened 1994 seasons, Hoffman injured his throwing shoulder in an off-field incident and was forced to develop a different out-pitch than he was accustomed as his fastball was rendered relatively ineffective. In order to retain his closer role, he developed one of the best changeups the game has ever seen. From 1994 to 2004, Trevor averaged 37 saves per season, leading the NL twice (1998, 2006) and posted fifteen 20-save seasons, fourteen 30-save seasons, nine 40-save years. He was also named the National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year in 1998 and 2006. The big right-hander finished in the top six in national League Cy Young voting (second twice), garnered NL MVP consideration five times and was named to seven NL All-Star teams. Hoffman was the third pitcher to reach the 400 save mark and the first to reach the 500- and 600-save marks. He pitched 18 years in the Major Leagues with the Marlins and Padres before finishing his career with a two-year stint with the Milwaukee Brewers (2009-2010). He was the career leader in saves at his retirement with 601 and only Mariano Rivera (652) has surpassed him or the 600-save mark. Trevor Hoffman retired following the 2010 season having gone 61-75 with 1,133 strikeouts, 601 saves and a 2.87 ERA in 1,035 appearances. He has the highest strikeouts per nine innings pitched of any reliever (9.3608).