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From the AFL: Padres Brad Baker

The NL West is a notoriously difficult place to come from behind, between Gagne, Nen, and Hoffman the West has been best when it comes to closers. But with Nen sidelined most of last season with injury and Hoffman aging, maybe it could get easier? No way, says young Padre closer Brad Baker, the heir apparent to Hoffman's throne in San Diego.

When the principals at sat down to award the Minor League Pitcher of the Year award there wasn't much to discuss. A record number of saves at Mobile, a successful promotion to Portland, and a changeup so devastating, and unusual, that nobody else in the organization throws anything like it.  Well, nobody but Trevor Hoffman. "This is just a great honor, but the first people that I... Recommended Stories

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