“He’s the epitome of what the game’s about, playing the game the right way and being the ultimate professional,” said Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy, a former teammate.
“You can’t help but to pull for a guy like that, and I hate to see what’s happened. I don’t necessarily agree, looking from the outside in, with how they treated the situation. Everybody goes through tough times. And for him to throw the eighth inning of a game and then somebody else save it, I just think that’s as disrespectful as can be.”
I can only assume Peavy is crossing his fingers and hoping his White Sox never have to respect Hoffman. I really doubt he'd be hammering Ozzie for taking Trev out of the closers role if it was his wins Trevor was pissing over the outfield wall.
Hoffman, despite a total inability to get guys out or throw his fastball for strikes, continued to insist he was still perfectly find and demanded the ball in the 9th. How is this not disrespectful? To his teammates, his fans and the organization Hoffman basically said "screw you, I can still do this!" Reminds me of a 95 year old grandma who refuses to give up the keys to the Oldsmobile.
Thankfully, it appears Macha is ready to end this grave injustice that has been inflicted upon the Closer.
Hoffman, for whatever reason (yet again a simple lack on the sunk cost concept is likely in play) the Brewers feel it is imperative to get Hoffman back in the closers role. I assume/hope that this is an attempt to increase his market value in order to make him tradeable. Excellent in theory but in practice...who could Melvin possibly get for Hoffman? Hardy was cheap and Melvin was able to turn that tarnished brass into a center fielder likely to set the organization back at that position for two years. Hoffman is at best an untrustworthy closer owed $8 million. Any club taking him off the Brewers hands will also have to pay him a half million buyout if they don't want him in 2011. There's just no value there, even if he does start to pitch well for the next couple weeks.
Trevor Hoffman has proven he can no longer pitch well in high leverage situations. What exactly has he done to "earn" the spot back? Let Braddock or Axford save games for the rest of the year. They'll learn to pitch to major leaguers or we'll learn that they don't belong on a ball club that has a chance to win (meaning next year's team of course).