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:
The good news: Hoffman seems to be a lock for the Class of 2018. But this still has to be gut-wrenching.