10/06/2006 3:16 PM ET
Trevor Hoffman named winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for September
Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres was selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for September, it was announced today. This officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Hoffman was 10-for-11 in save opportunities in September, helping the Padres clinch a playoff spot. He finished with a 1.50 ERA and allowed only two earned runs in 12 games. During the month, the Padres closer struck out 13 batters over 12.0 innings pitched while giving up just seven hits. The righthander recorded his 479th career save against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 24, passing Lee Smith as the all-time saves leader. Hoffman posted 46 saves on the season, leading the National League for the second time in his 14-year career. This is the second Delivery Man of the Month award for Hoffman (May - 2005).
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball, encourage academic participation and achievement and promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game of baseball, in Trevor Hoffman's name. In addition, Hoffman will be
recognized in a special advertisement appearing in an edition next week of USA Today.
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 newly elected Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter; Lou Piniella, former manager and player; Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; 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.
Fan balloting is underway for the 2nd annual "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of 10 finalists has been selected based on statistical qualifiers, and fans will be able to vote through October 9 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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