Glenn Hoffman

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Glenn Edward Hoffman

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Biographical Information[edit]

The older brother of Trevor Hoffman, infielder Glenn Hoffman played parts of nine seasons in the majors, the first seven of which were with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox drafted him in the 2nd round of the 1976 amateur draft and he first reach the majors with them a few days into the 1980 season. He had his best season as a rookie, hitting .285 in 114 games as he took over the starting third base job from Butch Hobson. He was named to the 1980 Topps All-Star Rookie Team and in 1981 moved over to shortstop, taking over for Rick Burleson, while Carney Lansford joined the team to play third. He failed to hold his own with the bat, however, hitting .231 with no walks or power, but was allowed to continue as the starting shortstop for two more season, playing 150 games in 1982 and 143 in 1983. 1982 was a disaster at the plate, as he hit just .209. although with slightly more power than the year before, then he improved to .260 the second year, but it was not enough to save his starting job.

He became a utility infielder in 1984 while Boston gave the starting job to Jackie Gutierrez, but by the second half of 1985, it was clear the Colombian was not up to the task either, and Glenn had his last season with significant playing time, hitting .276 in 96 games. He only played 12 games in 1986 and did not appear in the postseason, then after 20 games in 1987 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for a minor league player. The Dodgers gave a look to all sorts of veterans with dubious pedigrees that season, as the players who had carried them for almost fifteen years were all gone or too old to contribute by that point. He hit .220 in 40 games, then spent 1988 in the minors back in the Red Sox organization with the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 1989 played one final season with the California Angels, hitting .212 in 48 games. Overall, he hit .242 in 766 games with 23 homers and 210 RBIs.

After his playing career ended, he spent several years as a minor league manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. He was interim manager of the Dodgers for part of the 1998 season and then spent the next seven seasons on their coaching staff. Hoffman became the San Diego Padres third base coach in 2006, finding a long-term home on the Padres coaching staff under a series of different managers and outlasting his brother's tenure with the team by many years. He stepped down after the 2020 season.

In addition to his Hall of Famer brother, Glenn is the father of Dylan Hoffman, who was a 39th round choice in the 2019 amateur draft.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Bill Russell
Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
Succeeded by
Davey Johnson

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1991 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 46-24 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1992 Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League 53-82 12th Los Angeles Dodgers
1993 San Antonio Missions Texas League 58-76 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 62-79 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1998 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 27-41 -- Los Angeles Dodgers replaced by Jon Debus on June 22
Los Angeles Dodgers National League 47-41 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers replaced Bill Russell (36-38) on June 22

Further Reading[edit]

  • Clayton Trutor: "Glenn Hoffman", in Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy, ed.: The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game 6, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. pp. 101-104. ISBN 978-1-943816-19-4

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