MARYVALE AZ - FEBRUARY 19: (FILE PHOTO) Trevor Hoffman of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during photo day at the Brewers spring training complex on February 19 2008 in Maryvale Arizona. It was announced that Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres who leads the league in all-time saves has decided to retire and will join the Padres as management January 12 2011. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
On this day in 2010 the Brewers beat the Cardinals 4-2 at Miller Park. Casey McGehee had three hits in the game and drove in three runs to help secure the win for Chris Narveson, who allowed two runs over seven innings.
The Brewer bullpen faltered a bit in the eighth of this game, though, prompting Ken Macha to call on closer John Axford to get out of the inning. When the game reached the ninth and Milwaukee still had a lead to protect they turned to an old reliable reliever, Trevor Hoffman.
Hoffman had opened the season with 591 career saves but quickly pitched his way out of the ninth inning role, blowing leads in five of his first ten opportunities. He was able to put it together down the stretch, though, posting a 2.67 ERA in his final 32 games. He allowed a single, got a double play and a groundout to short on this day to become the first major leaguer ever to record 600 saves.
Hoffman appeared in just three more major league games and recorded just one save after this day.
- AZL Brewer Jeffrey Saba, who turns 21.
- 2002-03 Brewer Shane Nance, who turns 35.
- 1995 Brewer Sid Roberson, who turns 41.
- 1983-88 Brewer and current FS Wisconsin broadcaster Bill Schroeder, who turns 54.
- 1971 Brewer Tommy Matchick, who turns 69.
Today is also the anniversary of a 1984 game that featured Robin Yount's final appearance at shortstop. We covered that event in this space last year.