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Glenn Hoffman
Hoffman with the San Diego Padres in 2011
Shortstop / Coach / Manager
Born: (1958-07-07) July 7, 1958 (age 63)
Orange, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1980, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1989, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average.242
Home runs23
Runs batted in210
Managerial record47–41
Winning %.534
Teams
As player

As manager

As coach

Glenn Edward Hoffman (born July 7, 1958) is an American former Major League Baseball shortstop. coach, and manager. Hoffman had a nine-year playing career in the Majors, and was manager of the 1998 Los Angeles Dodgers for the last 88 games of the season. The native of Orange, California, threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg) during his playing career.

Playing career

Hoffman attended Savanna High School of Anaheim, California, and was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 1976 June draft. He played primarily at shortstop for the Red Sox from 1980 to 1987, when he was traded to the Dodgers on August 21. In 1988, he returned to the Red Sox' organization as a free agent but spent the entire season in the minor leagues. In 1989, he signed with the California Angels, but was limited to 48 games in his final MLB season. In 766 games played in the Majors, Hoffman collected 524 hits, with 106 doubles, nine triples and 23 home runs. He batted .242.

Coaching/managing career

After his playing career, Hoffman began coaching, and spent 4½ years (1991–1993; 1997–June 21, 1998) as a manager in the Dodger farm system; in between those terms he was field coordinator of instruction for the Dodgers' player development organization.

He was in the midst of his second season as manager of the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes in 1998 when the parent Dodgers, sitting in third place at 36–38 and 12½ games out of the lead in the National League West Division, fired manager Bill Russell and general manager Fred Claire. Hoffman was named interim manager (with Baseball Hall of Fame skipper Tommy Lasorda taking over the front office reins) on June 22. Hoffman led the Dodgers for the remainder of the season, compiling a 47–41 (.534) win-loss record; the team finished 83–79 and in third place, 15 games behind the eventual NL champion Padres. Davey Johnson was then named manager for 1999, and Hoffman was retained as third base coach, serving seven full seasons in the post for Johnson and his successor, Jim Tracy.

Hoffman interviewed for the vacant Red Sox managerial job after the 2003 season when Grady Little's contract expired, but Boston instead hired Terry Francona. In 2006, Hoffman became the third base coach for the San Diego Padres; he served in this role for 15 seasons.[1] On November 12, 2020, Hoffman retired from coaching and began working for the Padres front office in an advisory role.[1]

Personal

Glenn Hoffman is the older brother of Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman, the former all-time leader in saves, who spent 15½ seasons (1993–2008) with the Padres. Their late father, Ed, was a longtime usher at Anaheim Stadium and a professional singer who would often perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Angel games—especially as a "pinch hitter" when the scheduled singer could not appear.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "G. Hoffman ends 15-year coaching stint in SD". MLB.com. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  2. ^ The Los Angeles Times, 1996.07.14
Preceded by
Phil Regan
Albuquerque Dukes manager
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Ron Roenicke
Preceded by
Mark Cresse
Los Angeles Dodgers Bullpen Coach
1999
Succeeded by
Rick Dempsey
Preceded by
Joey Amalfitano
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Rich Donnelly
Preceded by
Rob Picciolo
San Diego Padres third base coach
2006–2020
Succeeded by
Bobby Dickerson