Trevor Hoffman came excruciatingly close to Cooperstown when the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Hall of Fame voting results were announced Wednesday.
The longtime Padres closer finished five votes -- five votes -- shy of induction. His box was checked on 327 of the 442 ballots, leaving him at 74 percent -- one percent short of the required 75 percent.
Hoffman, who retired as the majors' all-time saves leader with 601 before eventually being passed by Mariano Rivera, handled the news with class and admirable optimism:
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I first want to send a very heartfelt congratulations to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines & Ivan Rodriguez. All three men exemplify what it means...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
To be a Hall of Famer in our game. For me, falling short of this class is disappointing, but I don't take being on the ballot lightly...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
I'm grateful for every vote and I'm truly humbled to have come so close...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family, friends, teammates and all of San Diego.— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
The good news: Hoffman seems to be a lock for the Class of 2018. But this still has to be gut-wrenching.