Closing Time: Why The Milwaukee Brewers Should Put Trevor Hoffman On Their Radar

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers have lost the bidding war for CC Sabathia, and Ben Sheets shouldn't be too far behind on his way out of town.

Milwaukee has also lost their closer in Salomon Torres to retirement, which makes pitching a No. 1 priority for the Crew.

One such necessity is a closer, and Milwaukee has interest in three: Kerry Wood, Brian Fuentes, and Trevor Hoffman.

Wood is close to a deal with Cleveland, and if it's between Hoffman and Fuentes, I'm picking Trevor.

Let's add a little fun to this, and bring in the help of Semisonic and their hit "Closing Time", to show why Hoffman is made for Milwaukee.

"Closing time, open all the doors, and let you out into the world."

That's pretty much what MLB free agency is, you are on the open market, and are free to go anywhere you like.

"Closing time, you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here."

Hoffman doesn't have to retire and relax at home, but because the Padres didn't offer him a new contract, he for sure can't stay in sunny San Diego either. Hey, bring on the cold Aprils and Octobers of Milwaukee

"I know who I want to take me home."

The ninth inning is the home stretch, and there is no one better to complete it than Hoffman. He can make quick work of the opponent, and have you leaving with a victory.

"So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits, I hope you have found a friend."

When "Trevor Time" happened in San Diego, more often than not, you could assume that Hoffman could close it out quickly. So all you had to do was gather up your stuff and head out. Since his time has expired in San Diego, he might be able to find new friends in Milwaukee.

"Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end."

Even though Hoffman is 41 years old, he has the opportunity to begin somewhere new for the first time in 15 years. The Padres gave him the opportunity back in 1993, and he never let it go until now. The end of his San Diego era has occurred, but a new era is soon to begin.

Hoffman is out to prove that age is just a number, and that he can still close out games with the best of them.

In Hoffman's 15 full seasons in San Diego, the Padres won 1,150 games, with Trevor saving 549 of them. That's roughly 48 percent of their wins, and that includes the 2003 season in which Hoffman only pitched in nine games and didn't record a save.

Also over that time, Hoffman has pitched in 877 games and only amassed 898 innings pitched. He has an ERA right at four, with 976 strikeouts and only 233 walks.

Hoffman has a career strikeout to walk ratio of nearly 4:1...for a closer!! That's what you expect from a starter, but when you get a closer that doesn't walk anybody, you're in business.

As the Milwaukee Brewers continue their quest for a closer, they shouldn't take their eyes off Trevor Hoffman, because he is the epitome of "Closing Time".

If the Brewers are lucky and smart enough to land him, the audio people back at Miller Park better make sure that they have AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" in stock as well.

Back to the topic at hand though, I know who I want to take me home...Trevor Hoffman.