As a minor-leaguer who couldn’t hit, former Arizona Wildcat shortstop Trevor Hoffman had nothing to lose when he started over as a pitcher. His first time on the mound in this experiment was the Arizona’s 1991 All-Pro Alumni Game.
He hit his first batter.
Things managed to get a lot, lot better in the next two decades.
Hoffman, a future Hall of Famer and one of the most accomplished athletes to ever pass through UA, extended his major league record with a milestone save Tuesday night. He worked a scoreless ninth inning in Milwaukee’s 4-2 victory over St. Louis for save No. 600.
And baseball cheered.
In a 2006 story for the Tucson Citizen, sports columnist Corky Simpson talked to former UA pitching coach Jim Wing about Hoffman and wrote: