Mariano Rivera

Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes

Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season.

This time, it was agonizingly close.

The former closer with the menacing glare, high leg kick and wicked changeup fell five votes short of enshrinement when balloting was announced Wednesday.

In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.

"You hope that's not your peak," Hoffman said in a telephone interview from his home in suburban San Diego. "You hope there's a...

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