Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward:
Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie,
Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He
apologized to them.
Imagine that. A player reaches a pinnacle no other has accomplished and feels compelled to begin his speech with “I’m sorry.”
“He said, ‘I’m sorry I put the team in a bind at the start of the year. I take full responsibility,’ ” said Melvin.
The Brewers’ poor season had many fathers — Hoffman included — but it’s something else to see someone specifically own up to it.
Someone buy that man a Double-Double Animal Style.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.