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The Brewer Advent Calendar #10: Trevor Hoffman

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Behind door #10 we find...Trevor Hoffman!

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via www.heybrewer.com

So we established last week that Hoffman has something in common with this guy:

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But we also know he has something in common with this guy:

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via www.operationlettertosanta.com

Yes, Trevor Hoffman is old. He'll be 41 on Opening Day, when he starts his 17th big league season. He's also averaged 37.8 saves over the last 14 seasons, despite one season (2003) where he didn't close a single game.

In 2007, Hoffman was the oldest pitcher ever to record 40 saves. In 2008, Hoffman was only the third pitcher ever to record 30 saves in a season after his 40th birthday. In 2009, he could be the second ever to reach that figure at 41. Here are the oldest pitchers ever to record 30 saves:

Pitcher Season Age Team Saves
Dennis Eckersley 1997 42 St. Louis 36
Dennis Eckersley 1996 41 St. Louis 30
Doug Jones 1997 40 Milwaukee 36
Trevor Hoffman 2008 40 San Diego 30
Trevor Hoffman 2007 39 San Diego 42
Todd Jones 2007 39 Detroit 38
Trevor Hoffman 2006 38 San Diego 46
Jose Mesa 2004 38 Pittsburgh 43
Mariano Rivera 2008 38 New York (AL) 39
Todd Jones 2006 38 Detroit 37
Dennis Eckersley 1993 38 Oakland 36
Tom Gordon 2006 38 Philadelphia 34