For the second time in his career, the Padres' Trevor Hoffman has claimed the Rolaids Relief Man Award. Hoffman, who became the Major Leagues' all-time saves leader with 482 this season by converting 46 of 51 attempts, was characteristically selfless in accepting the honor. "I am very honored to have been named the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award winner," Hoffman said. "However, this award would not have been possible without the work of my fellow relievers in the bullpen, one of the top bullpens in the league in 2006."
The Angels' Francisco Rodriguez, who finished with 47 saves, was a first-time Rolaids winner in the American League. Rodriguez finished with 134 Rolaids points, while Hoffman led the National League with 124 points. Hoffman is the all-time leader on the Rolaids points list. He has delivered at least 30 saves in a record 11 seasons. With his 479th career save, Hoffman eclipsed Lee Smith as the all-time leader. All but two of Hoffman's 482 saves have come in a Padres uniform, the first two delivered for Florida before it sent him to San Diego in a 1993 midseason trade involving Gary Sheffield. Hoffman, whose 46 saves were second in his career to the 53 he notched in 1998, fashioned a 2.14 ERA in 65 appearances, walking 13 and yielding 48 hits while striking out 50 in 63 innings. Rodriguez also reached a milestone this season by breaking Bryan Harvey's saves record for the Angels, set in 1991. Since 1976, the Rolaids Relief Man Award has honored the top relievers in baseball based on statistical performance rather than subjective opinion.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.