This year Trevor Hoffman sucks. There is no way around that. I know we here at gaslamp have debated the hell out of Trevor and I’m not looking to do that here. In today’s game Trevor blew yet another save and ruined Jake’s best start of the year. Kev and Jbox couldn't take it and left early out of frustration. This really got me thinking how overpaid Trevor is at $10,000,000.00 this year.
Trevor is all heart and put’s everything he’s got into every appearance. Being such a stand up guy makes me wonder if HE thinks he’s overpaid. And if so, wouldn’t it be cool and upstanding if he gave back some of that money or took a pay cut next year. The money could be used for another player or better yet given to charity.
In 1960 Ted Williams, at the end of his career took a pay cut because he played so poorly the year before by his own standards. The Kid was a lifetime .344 hitter, but in 1959 he hit just .254. Ted knocked out 521 HR’s in his career but only 10 in 1959. Williams turned it around in 1960 and retired on a high note. How can you beat a HR in your final at bat?
This year Hoff’s ERA is almost a full point and a half higher than his career average. He is saving less than 90% of the games he appears in, not to mention the games he’s lost when entering in a tie. He’s given up four times the number of homeruns he did last year. And of course his strike outs per appearance have been falling off, thanks to an 85 mph fastball. Trevor is clearly not Trevor anymore. I think he is roughly 75% Trevor. And therefore owes back $2.5. Of course this will never happen, but it's food for thought.
Oh yeah, if you’re wondering what Ted gave back, it was 28%.
And yet one more thing...Special Thanks to Andre for once again keeping us hydrated with plenty of water and free T-Shirts to mop up the sweat.