Hoffman Named to NL All-Star Team
By Todd Welter
Next game: Thursday, July 16 at Cincinnati
Trevor Hoffman was struggling to find something to do during the All-Star break. He finally has plans as he was named to replace Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton on the NL All-Star team.
"It's always a big deal," Hoffman felt. "Always a tremendous honor to represent not only the ball club you are with but the National League and regardless of how you get in there, you are always excited to represent your team."
Broxton was scratched from the event due to a sore toe and it was decided he was not going to be making the trip to St. Louis. The next logical candidate was Hoffman.
"We've all really worked well together and kind of passed the baton right through everyone to try and preserve wins for the ball club."
Hoffman has 20 saves on the year and has only blown two save chances. He started the season allowing no runs over 18 straight innings he pitched. Hoffman is 1-1 with 2.05 ERA in 27 appearances this season.
This is Hoffman's seventh All-Star Game appearance. He made the NL All-Star team six times before that during his tenure with the San Diego Padres. Hoffman is not going to play favorites to which carries more meaning as he is just happy to get a chance to pitch on Tuesday.
"It's like trying to say you love one kid more than the other, they are all going to take on a different personality" Hoffman described.
Hoffman is the all-time saves leader with 574 career saves and he has 15 seasons of 20 or more saves in his career.
He will be joining fellow teammates Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in St. Louis as the Milwaukee Brewers' All-Star representatives. Braun will be the starting left fielder for the National League.