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Trevor Hoffman named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for May06/05/2007 3:03 PM ET
Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres was selected as the winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for May, it was announced today. This officially sanctioned Major League Baseball (MLB) award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Hoffman was 11-for-11 in save opportunities in May, tying him with Brian Fuentes of the Colorado Rockies for the most saves in the Major Leagues. The right-hander allowed no earned runs in 13 games, striking out 10 batters over 12.1 innings pitched while only surrendering six hits. Hoffman, already the all-time saves leader, is two saves shy of recording the 500th of his career. The closer is currently tied for third in the National League with 16 saves. This is the third Delivery Man of the Month award for the five-time All-Star (May - 2005; September - 2006).
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to STAR/PAL, San Diego's Police Athletic League chapter, in Hoffman's name. This donation will be made in conjunction with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. With this donation, STAR/PAL will have the opportunity to purchase a pitching machine package from ATEC, the official supplier of pitching machines and other training equipment for MLB. In addition, Hoffman will be recognized in a special advertisement in USA Today this week.
The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" winner is selected by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel that includes Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; Rich "Goose" Gossage, the nine-time All-Star pitcher; Darryl Hamilton, former Major League outfielder and a member of the MLB On-Field Operations staff; Jerome Holtzman, the official MLB Historian and a member of the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame; and Bob Watson, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Major League Baseball.
At the conclusion of the season, Major League Baseball fans will have the opportunity to determine which relief pitcher had the best overall season and deserves the third-annual "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of finalists will be selected based on statistical qualifiers and fans will be able to vote for the winner online at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason.
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