|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» November 17, 1992: Baseball holds the expansion draft to stock the rosters of the National League's two new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. A total of 72 players are chosen. P David Nied is the 1st pick of the Rockies, while OF Nigel Wilson is selected 1st by the Marlins. The Fish take Jose Martinez with #2, while the Rocks pick vet Charlie Hayes. The best picks for Florida are #4 Trevor Hoffman, eventually packaged for Gary Sheffield; #11 Jeff Conine, who will hit 81 homers in four years; and #18 Cris Carpenter, later dealt to Texas for Robb Nen. For Colorado, they will find gold with #6 Eric Young, #10 Joe Girardi, #16 Vinny Castilla, and #18 Armando Reynoso. Picks #13 and 14 are good ones -- Andy Ashby, Brad Ausmus and Doug Bochtler - but they'll all go to the Padres in 1993 in an ill-fated deal for pricey vet pitchers Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris. |
» June 24, 1993: The Marlins obtain OF Gary Sheffield and P Rich Rodriguez from the Padres for P Trevor Hoffman, Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez. The Fish will give Sheffield a 4-year contract extension in September.
» June 30, 1995: Barry Bonds has four hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in five runs to pace the Giants to a 76 win over the Padres. His 2nd homer is a 2-run shot with two outs in the 9th inning off Trevor Hoffman, his 1st walk-off home run at home. Chris Hook (30) is the winner.
» April 5, 1997: Sterling Hitchcock and Trevor Hoffman combine to 1-hit the Phillies in posting a 4-1 victory. Hitchcock allows only a double to Rico Brogna in eight innings as the 1st-place Pods win for the 4th time in five games.
» July 25, 1998: The Padres top Houston, 65, as Mark Langston gets the win with 5+ innings of work. Trevor Hoffman picks up his 41st consecutive save33rd this year, tying a ML record. He'll blow his first save opportunity tomorrow in San Diego's 54 win, ending his streak.
» July 26, 1998: After 41 straight saves, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman try for a major-league record fails, as he gives up a 9th inning homer to Houston's Moises Alou, which ties the game. He earns the win when the Padres score in the 10th to win 54.
» July 31, 1998: Kevin Brown wins his 10th straight for the Padres, beating the Expos, 54. He strikes out 10 for the 2nd straight game. Greg Vaughn adds his 39th homer and Trevor Hoffman saves his 35th.
» September 24, 1998: Red Sox P Tom Gordon records his 42nd consecutive save of the year for a new major league mark as Boston defeats Baltimore, 96 (41 by Rod Beck and Trevor Hoffman). Boston clinches a wild card spot behind a pair of homers and four runs scored by Nomar Garciaparra.
» October 7, 1998: Atlanta scores a run in the last of the 9th to tie the NLCS opener with San Diego at 22, but the Padres win in the 10th on Ken Caminiti's home run. The 32 victory goes to reliever Trevor Hoffman.
» March 8, 1999: The Padres reach an agreement with relief ace Trevor Hoffman on a four year, $32 million contract, with a club option for a 5th year that would raise the total up to $40 million. The agreement makes Hoffman the highest paid reliever in history.
» June 10, 1999: San Diego defeats Oakland, 2-1, as P Trevor Hoffman records his 200th career save. Hoffman, who strikes out the side in order in the 9th, becomes the 25th pitcher in history to reach the mark.
» June 19, 1999: The Padres defeat the Pirates, 5-4, as San Diego P Trevor Hoffman records the save. He becomes just the 2nd P in National League history to post 200 saves with one team (John Franco has done so with the Mets).
» July 9, 2000: In the Padres 43 win over the Rangers, closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the 17th pitcher to record 250 career saves.
» August 15, 2001: The Mets lose their 5th straight game, falling to the Padres by a score of 21. SD's Trevor Hoffman gets the save, becoming the 14th pitcher in history to reach the milestone of 300 saves. He also ties John Wetteland as the 2ndfastest to reach the mark.
» May 1, 2002: The Padres defeat the Cubs, 43, with Trevor Hoffman saving the game for Bobby Jones. It is Hoffman's 321st save for SD, a major-league record for most with one team. Oakland's Dennis Eckersley held the old mark.
» September 11, 2002: The Mets and Braves split a doubleheader, with Atlanta winning the 1st game, 85, and New York taking the nightcap, 50. John Smoltz gets the save in the opener, making him the 7th pitcher in history to record 50 saves in a season. Smoltz will set the National League season saves record with 55, topping the old mark of 53 shared by Randy Myers and Trevor Hoffman. Chicago's Bobby Thigpen set the major league record of 57 in 1990.