Well, the day we feared has come again. The illustrious knuckleheads of the Baseball Writers Association of America have decided not to send Trevor Hoffman to Cooperstown. Some of the voting members had their reasons, and only five of them needed to change their minds to give Trevor the one extra percentage point he needed to make the cut. "Closers don't belong." "Saves are a poor statistic." "Mariano Rivera needs to go in first." Make no mistake; these are all terrible reasons that only bad people come up with. But this is what they will tell you when they say that the greatest closer in National League history wasn't worthy of their Hall of Fame vote.
Trevor Hoffman obliterated Lee Smith's all-time saves record and became the first closer to reach 600 saves. His changeup is the pitch old hitters tell scary stories to their children about. But there may be no greater indication that he belongs in the Hall of Fame than the fact that his name adorns the award given to the best reliever in the National League each fall. So Cooperstown and the BBWAA can deny it all they want, but every year we'll be reminded that Trevor was among the best to ever play the game. You can't unring Hell's Bells.