In this Jan. 12, 2011, file photo, former baseball pitcher Trevor Hoffman speaks to journalists after announcing his retirement at Petco Park in San Diego. Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are likely to be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, when Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez also could gain the honor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, FIle)

Gregory Bull

Although he played third base and shortstop on UA baseball teams in 1988 and 1989, Hoffman’s career was defined by his change from hitting to pitching. He was a seven-time All-Star relief pitcher, saving a then-MLB record 601 games, and finishing second in Cy Young Award balloting twice. He's a favorite to be voted into the Hall of Fame in January.

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Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.