On This Day In Baseball History: June 6, 2007

 

San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the first player in history to save 500 games as he shuts down the Dodgers for a Padres 5-3 victory. Hoffman will finish his career with 601 saves which will stand until Mariano Rivera surpasses him in 2011. Hoffman was a seven-time All-Star and finished second in CY Young voting twice (1998 & 2006) and fifth once (1996). He saved 40 or more games in nine different seasons including two stints of 4 years in a row (1998-2001 & 2004-2007) and 13 of his 18 years he finished with an ERA under 3.00.

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