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Trevor Hoffman's tour of Memphis

Updated: September 16, 2009, 8:35 AM ET
By Buster Olney
Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin wrote in an e-mail posted here Monday that Trevor Hoffman is the Cal Ripken of pitchers, in the way that he prepares. Melvin also referenced what a great teammate Hoffman has been, and that elicited a story from Chuck Valenches, broadcaster for the Nashville Sounds, the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers:

"Earlier this year, Trevor Hoffman did a rehab assignment with Nashville," Valenches wrote. "Aside from a three-game rehab with Lake Elsinore in 2003, it was the first time he had pitched in the minors since he was a prospect coming up with the Reds when he pitched for the, you guessed it, Nashville Sounds.

"To illustrate just what an incredibly nice guy he is, a quick anecdote: The Sounds played their first road series in New Orleans and then bussed seven hours up to Memphis where Hoffman was going to meet us and be pitching in that series before joining Milwaukee. When the team rolled into Memphis (around midnight) we arrived at The Sleep Inn on Front Street. Not exactly a world class hotel. The rooms were so small that the bathrooms had no room for a tub, just a shower stall and a toilet. There was a Marriott across the street, the Peabody was three blocks away and across the street from the ballpark was a pretty nice Doubletree.

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